Journal of International Affairs

Foreign affairs periodical focuses on policy analysis, including state building and peace operations.

Articles from Vol. 50, No. 1, Summer

African Churches in Social Transformation
Introduction It is an ironic twist of history that Euro-American interests in the "democratization" of Africa accelerated after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990, rather than at the establishment of African republics following decolonization...
Asian Values
In his 1995 speech to the United Nations, China's state chairman Jiang Zemin asserted: The sacred nature of state sovereignty is inviolable. No state has the right to interfere in the internal affairs of another or force its own will on others....
A Theology If Insurrection? Religion and Politics in Mexico
My children: A new dispensation comes to us today. Will you receive it? Will you free yourselves? Will you recover the lands stolen three hundred years ago from your forefathers by the hated Spaniards? ... Will you not defend your religion and your...
From Accomodation to Confrontation: The Muslim Brotherhood in the Mubarak Years
Introduction On 23 November 1995, Egypt's Supreme Military Court sentenced 54 leading members of the Muslim Brotherhood to prison terms ranging from 3 to 5 years with hard labor. The trial marked the culmination of a turbulent four-year period...
Religion and Politics in Jerusalem
Few can deny that, as Helena Cobban suggests, "what happens in Jerusalem over the next couple of years will be a major factor, perhaps the major factor, in determining whether the peace process ... can stay on the rails."(1) Jerusalem is listed in...
Religion, Conflict and Prospects for Reconciliation in Bosnia, Croatia and Yugoslavia
Introduction A history textbook used by high school seniors throughout Serbia blames the outbreak of the current conflict in the former Yugoslavia on the Vatican, which "launched a battle against Orthodoxy and Serbs through the catholic Church...
Religious Fundamentalism and Human Rights
The concept of religious fundamentalism is in the eyes of the beholder. What could be regarded by one person to be a legitimate exposition or practice of religious obligation might be perceived by others as the manifestations of unbecoming extremes....
Terrorism in the Name of Religion
Introduction On 25 February 1994, the day of the second Muslim sabbath during Islam's holy month of Ramadan, a Zionist settler from the orthodox settlement of Qiryat Arba entered the crowded Ibrahim (Abraham's) Mosque, located in the biblical...
The Middle East in Search of an Equilibrium between Transcendent Idealism & Practicality
The following article is an attempt to introduce, observe and assess a specific aspect of the recent history of Iran and apply it to the future trend of this nation's growth. In many ways, Iran is a typical example of a Middle Eastern nation in its...
The Ruined Center: Religion and Mass Politics in India
Introduction The famous Soviet dissident Andrej Amalrik predicted that 1984 would be the year of the collapse of the Soviet Union. He was right about its eventual collapse, but wrong about the year. Instead, 1984 turned out to be a crucial year...
The Worldwide Rise of Religious Nationalism
"Palestine is not completely free," a leader of Hamas' policy wing remarked, "until it is an Islamic state."(1) The Hamas activist made this statement in Gaza only a few months before the January 1996 elections, an event that not only brought Yasir...
Where Hope and History Rhyme - Prospects for Peace in Northern Ireland?
On 31 August 1994, the Irish Republican Army (IRA) declared a complete cessation of military operations, foreshadowing the hope that an end had come to the use of violence to achieve political ends in Northern Ireland. The IRA, a secret and revolutionary...