The period since 9/11 has renewed global debate about the nature of United States power and influence in a world being transformed by globalisation. openDemocracy writers - American and non-American - bring fresh perspectives to bear on the Iraq war, the question of empire, unilateralism, the "end of history", neo-conservatism, and foreign policy under and after George W Bush
The free world of the United States-plus-Europe no longer exists. Can it be reinvented as a world of freedom? The leading liberal internationalist Timothy Garton Ash talks to Dominic Hilton of openDemocracy.
Dominic Hilton was part of the team working on openDemocracys My America: Letters To Americans project, in which eighteen non-American nationals wrote to counterparts in the United States. Here he gives his view on aspects of those exchanges and Americas role in role in world affairs.
Todd Gitins acute, informed, acerbic Our election year weekly column has been an openDemocracy highlight of 2004. He discusses the lessons of a tumultuous political year in American politics with Solana Larsen.
Colin Greer, director of the New World Foundation, tells openDemocracys Solana Larsen that the Democrats must learn a different way of thinking and acting in effect, to become a real political party rather than a message machine if they want to regain legitimacy and support across the United States.
Tom Nairn presents a searching critique of Timothy Garton Ashs book Free World. He argues that it seeks to conserve the global status quo through a comforting subordination to American power. His wide-ranging survey suggest that the new century is not going to embrace any such outcome.
The United Statess war-gaming of Iran suggests that despite the Iraqi quagmire the ambition of the second Bush administration to spread freedom and democracy is undiminished, says Charles V Peña.
Anatol Lievens misunderstanding of nationalism, inconsistent liberalism, and personal prejudices deform his judgment of the relationship between Israel, the United States, and the Arab world, says Emanuele Ottolenghi.
The military aircraft in which Asif Iqbal and Shafiq Rasul sat chained to a bench, soaked in their own urine, ear-muffed, masked and unable to see, landed at the American airstrip at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, on 14 January 2002. The two men, who had travelled to Pakistan from their homes in Britain five months earlier in order to attend Iqbals wedding, had already survived a massacre of prisoners by their original captors, the private army of the Afghan warlord Rashid Dostum.
In a trenchant analysis of the post-9/11 world, Fred Halliday documents the two-sided assault both by the United States and its fundamentalist enemies on universal principles. Can citizens of the world retrieve a confident, humane politics from beneath the rubble?
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In the months following the start of the Arab Revolutions, articles and analysis poured into openDemocracy from contributors across the Middle East and Europe. Gradually, the impact of Tahrir Square began to extend well beyond the Middle East as democratic inspiration travelled from east to west. Arab Awakening tries to capture that inspiration and use it to help us read a rapidly changing world.
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