Issue 1: December 2009
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The Big Idea: "Smart Power" Michael Cox
A year into Obama’s administration it is becoming increasingly difficult to recall what enthusiasm greeted his election in November 2008 and what a relief it was to most Europeans at the time to have, at last, someone ‘smart’ running the United States after eight years of ‘W’.
Silent Majority: Palestinian Jordanians and the search for identity Chris Phillips
Amman’s Downtown district is no postcard picture. Whilst neighbouring cities Damascus and Jerusalem are blessed with ancient architecture, the centre of Jordan’s capital seems to be inspired primarily by 1960s Soviet aesthetics.
Programme in Focus: Africa International Affairs Programme
Twenty years after the end of the Cold War, all the celebrations and newspaper columns are devoted to changes that swept through Europe. But the conflict had not been a strictly European one, and in fact many of its most violent moments came in Africa. Scholars are increasingly recognizing that the end of Apartheid, the peace in Angola, the independence of Namibia and the enduring crisis in the Horn of Africa are all inextricably tied up with the end of the Cold War.
Barack Obama: The Last Transatlantic President? Nicholas Kitchen
When Barack Obama took office in January, expectations of what the new President could bring to international affairs were stratospheric.
Spotlight on Fellows: Interview with Chevening Fellow, Ouyang Huifeng
The third Chevening at IDEAS speaks about his career, his current research, his take on US-China relations, and his future plans.
The Fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Apartheid Sue Onslow
The fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of apartheid in South Africa has come to be inextricably linked in popular imagination, typified by newspaper headlines and editorial comment in South Africa commemorating the 20th anniversary.
Afghanistan: The next 18 months Artemy Kalinovsky
The announcement of a new strategy last week means that Afghanistan is now irrevocably Obama’s war. Historians of the future may judge his choices in the context of the problem the 44th president inherited from his predecessor, but the pundits and the voting public of today will surely withhold that benefit.
Full IDEAS Today December 2009 issue (1 MB)