Trouble Spots: Argentina, Egypt, Zimbabwe

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The world is always in trouble. With this issue we focus on an old trouble (the Falklands/Malvinas war) and two relatively new ones, in the Middle East and Africa. We begin with Andrew Graham-Yooll's essay (the first installment) about a short war that had disastrous consequences for the Argentinean government and created a political victory for Margaret Thatcher. One country's disaster is often another country's boon, particularly if you have a Schumpeterian view of the world.

Egypt is back in the spotlight after years of stagnation and autocratic rule. The emergence of the "Muslim Brotherhood" as a political force has raised the hope--according to a recent Carnegie Endowment For International Peace study--that regime change may come to the area peacefully with the passing of Hosni Mubarak, who is now seventy-nine and under tremendous pressure to make some accommodations to democratic processes.

Zimbabwe has increasingly become a pariah state shunned and condemned by much of the world because of the feudal leadership of Robert Mugabe and his government's efforts to crush any dissent by any means. Richard O'Mara, former chief foreign correspondent for the Baltimore Sun, revisits the country after many years, and Bruce Fleming returns to Egypt after a twenty-year absence. …