Harvard International Review

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Articles from Vol. 20, No. 4, Fall

Athletics and Apartheid: The Evolution of Integrated Sports in South Africa
JUSTIN DANILEWITZ, Staff Writer, Harvard International Review In 1995, Johannesburg's Ellis Park Stadium hosted what was arguably the most significant sporting event in South African history. It was only the third occasion for which the rugby-playing...
Bad Medecine: Physicians and Torture
Close to sundown, a university student stepped off the bus only to be seized by the Ankara police. His identity withheld, the student later described his brutal treatment at the hands of the Turkish police who suspected him of illegal political activity....
Balkan Snafu: The West and Kosovo
As the Balkans errupted in violence once again this past summer, fears that the Dayton agreements had failed to resolve the disputes in the former Yugoslavia were confirmed. A typical reaction is one of despair--that the Balkans constitute a volatile...
Brokers of Fear: The Enigma of Modern Terrorism
As the summer of 1998 drew to a close, images of twisted metal, shattered glass, and broken bodies riveted the public--images that remain difficult to banish from memory. The blood of innocents triggered a pervasive atmosphere of fear that spread to...
Building a Just Society: The Cuban Revolution and Its Future
RICARDO ALARCON is President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Cuba. At the end of the last decade, when European Socialism was hastening towards collapse, many forecast the imminent demise of the Cuban Revolution. Next year, however,...
Call for Normalization: Ending the Antiquated US Cuba Policy
FERNANDO REMIREZ is Counselor of the Cuban Interests Section at the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington, DC, and serves as the de facto Cuban Ambassador to the United States. Shortly before his assassination, President John F. Kennedy told the...
Carbombs & Cameras: The Need for Responsible Media Coverage of Terrorism
DALE VAN ATTA is a nationally syndicated columnist (with Jack Anderson) and is a Reader's Digest Contributing Editor. He has reported on national security and terrorism for two decades. In late May, an exiled Saudi multimillionaire who has since...
Cautious Optimism: Reassessing US Cuba Policy
RICHARD A. NUCCIO is a Visiting Scholar at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. He served as President Clinton's special advisor for Cuba from 1995 to 1996. This year marks the one-hundredth anniversary of a US-Cuba...
Change Comes to Cuba: Reflections on the Papal Visit
BY HIS EMINENCE BERNARD CARDINAL LAW Archbishop of Boston Since my return from the Papal visit to Cuba, I have often been asked if change might now come to the island. But change has already come. It was once thought that only the departure...
Global Rebels: Terrorist Organizations as Trans-National Actors
LOUISE RICHARDSON is Associate Professor of Government at Harvard University. The widespread usage of the term terrorism, in many contexts, has rendered the word almost meaningless. Today, its only universally understood connotation is so pejorative...
Global Scourge: The AIDS Crisis in the Developing World
JIM MEEKS, Staff Writer, Harvard International Review After reading newspaper beadlines and listening to the rhetoric of public bealth officials, politicians, and pharmaceutical companies, the US public appears to have justified optimism: after...
Painful Lessons: Hostage-Taking and US Foreign Policy
TERRY ANDERSON is Associate Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He was held hostage in Lebanon by the Hezbullah between 1985 and 1991. A decade ago, the fate of a dozen or so American hostages in Lebanon riveted the...
Poised for Growth: Cuba's Underappreciated Economic Potential
JOSE LUIS RODRIGUEZ is Vice President of the Council of Ministers and is Minister of the Economy and Planning of Cuba. From 1989 to 1993, the Cuban gross domestic product fell 35 percent. This decline was due to the disappearance of socialist countries...
Postnational Pressures: Haitian Migrants in the Dominican Republic
PEDRO PIMENTEL, Senior Editor, Harvard International Review Last June, President Leonel Fernandez of the Dominican Republic and President Rene Preval of the Republic of Haiti met in the capital city of Port-au-Prince to consider the state of relations...
Reviving the Bear: Examining Russia's Financial Crisis
Boris Brevnov is the former CEO of United Energy Systems of Russia. As Chief Executive Officer of United Energy of Russia (UES) from May 1997 until his retirement earlier this year, Boris Brevnov was responsible for the management, restructuring,...
Road to Democracy: The Impact of US Sanctions on Cuba
ROBERT MENENDEZ (D-NJ) is one of three Cuban-American members of the US House of Representatives and is a ranking member of the House International Relations Committee. Cuba first began to feel the impact of the US sanctions when the Soviet Union...
Smart Soldiers: Decentralization and War
The nature of combat and command is about to be changed dramatically by advancements in information technology, which will allow the individual soldier, squad, or armored unit to become an independent decision-maker on the battlefield. Soon the...
Social Insecurity: Lessons of Social Security Reform from Abroad
In a meeting last year with Ohio Governor George V. Voinovich, Chilean economist Jose Pinera offered this challenge to the United States: "You won the arms race. Let's see whether you can also win the pension race." In an age of lengthened life...
Staying the Course: Bringing Change to Cuba through Continued Pressure
DAN BURTON (R-IN) chairs the Government Reform and Oversight Committee and is a ranking member of the International Relations Committee of the US House of Representatives. He is co-author of the Helms-Burton Act of 1996, which strengthened the US embargo...
Terror's New Face: The Radicalization and Escalation of Modern Terrorism
WALTER LAQUEUR is Chairman of the International Research Council at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Terrorism promises to continue for years to come as the prevalent mode of conflict--sometimes in its "pure" form, sometimes within...
Terror, Society, & Law: Peru's Struggle against Violent Insurgency
This article was translated from Spanish by Senior Editor Pedro Pimentel. ALBERTO FUJIMORI is President of the Republic of Peru. My perspective on the contemporary and ever-present phenomenon known as terrorism is not that of an academic. This...
Wars of Fear: Coming to Grips with Terrorism
ADRIAN GUELKE is Professor of Politics at The Queen's University of Belfast. In August 1998, a series of events prompted a new wave of concern about terrorism. The bombing of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania killed hundreds of people; in the...
Worldly Game: The Globalization of Baseball
Sixty-one. Probably no other record in any professional sport is so easily recognizable as Roger Maris' record for most home runs in a single season. The two men who shattered the record this season, although forever joined by "The Chase," come...
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