Academic journal article The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs

Note from EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Academic journal article The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs

Note from EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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Determining the line-up for each edition of The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs is both a challenging and exciting task. The editorial team strives to find the ideal balance between current topics, new perspectives to long-standing conflicts, and issues that tend to be put on the back burner. The Summer 2010 edition is no different, and we hope you enjoy our selection of interviews, features, perspectives, and book reviews.

It is no surprise that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan continue to be the source of much debate and reflection. In response to the perceived dysfunction of U.S. civil-military coordination in Iraq, STUART BOWEN proposes the creation of an office for contingency operations. Meanwhile, STEVE BREYMAN and ANEEL SALMAN stress the importance of stability in Pakistan to U.S. efforts in Afghanistan and evaluate Pakistani counterinsurgency operations over the past six years.

The greater Middle East, too, continues to be a significant topic of discussion. In this edition of The Fletcher Forum, we hope to offer you a fresh perspective on developments in the region. Highlighting the renewed U.S. focus on Yemen, WILLIAM RUGH recommends that rather than pursuing unilateral military action, the United States should engage in multilateral diplomatic efforts with the Gulf states to unite the region against al-Qaeda. NATHAN BROWN examines the Hamas and Fatah trajectories since 2007, demonstrating their growing divide as well as highlighting their operational similarities. MOHAMMAD AUWAL offers an in-depth look at the exploitation of migrant workers in the Gulf and advocates for "moral diplomacy" to create greater awareness and reform. …

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