Are Sanctions Nothing More than a Futile Political Game?

October 03, 2018

The legal bases for international sanctions are often dubious, as such moves can be politically motivated. Governments must work for ordinary people’s welfare, lives and hopes. Just as a government can sanction a food producer who falsified manufacturing dates or lists of ingredients, a group...

What Went Wrong in Syria?

December 21, 2017

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to the former US ambassador in Syria, Robert Ford. Robert Ford served as the US ambassador to Syria between 2011 and 2014, an appointee of the Obama administration. Ford was criticized for his belief that working with the Syrian rebels would...

High Crimes and Demeanors in the Age of Trump

September 06, 2017

The US blames everyone but itself for the sorry state of global affairs. Let me try to get this straight: From the moment the Soviet Union imploded in 1991 until recently, just about every politician and mainstream pundit in America assured us that we were the planet’s indispensable nation,...

Time for the Private Sector to Represent American Values Overseas

July 12, 2017

It is well-nigh time for the private sector to reclaim the effort of overseas relief and development. As our national budget comes under greater scrutiny, it seems the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is in late-stage bereavement for its possible demise. The agency,...

What the Destruction of Mosul Means for the Rest of the World

May 15, 2017

If you don't think that the destruction of Mosul will reverberate in our world, too, then you don’t get our world. The closest I ever got to Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, was 1,720.7 miles away — or so the Internet assures me. Although I’ve had a lifelong interest in history, I...

Iraq’s Women: From Poster Children to Peacemakers

April 14, 2017

When it comes to peacebuilding, women are often relegated to more traditional gender roles while their untapped capacity to wage peace is left ignored. In discussions of conflict and its associated processes of resolution, women are often defined by their relationships to their male counterparts...

How the Iraq War Gave Us Trump

April 10, 2017

From 2003 to 2017, the US went from sole global superpower to potential super-pariah. If you want to know where US President Donald Trump came from, if you want to trace the long winding road (or escalator) that brought him to the Oval Office, don’t look to reality TV or Twitter or even the...

War Reporting and the Stories That Can’t Be Told

March 02, 2017

War reporting is part of something that can act as an antidote to war—good diplomacy, armed with good facts. Wars have been reported since antiquity. However, they have been reported by participants who, like Thucydides and Xenophon in the Peloponnesian War in the 400s BC, added strategic...