This week's editor

Heather McRobie

Heather McRobie is an editor at 5050.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Kashmir's bus ride to peace

The bus linking Muzaffarabad and Srinagar across divided Kashmir may thaw the most bitter of all disputes between India and Pakistan, writes Muzamil Jaleel in Srinagar.

Washington's Iraq panic attack

The visits to Baghdad of Donald Rumsfeld and Robert Zoellick are a sign of Washington’s profound worries over Iraq’s future.

Caught in Iraq's pincer

Iraq has a government at last, but can it cope with the insurgents who launched the large-scale attack on Abu Ghraib prison?

America's nuclear gamble

United States policy towards nuclear weapons proliferation on the eve of the Non-Proliferation Treaty five-year review sends a warning signal to the world.

Democracy from America? An Arab's advice

Any United States effort to bring democracy and freedom to the middle east needs to respect eight principles of action, says Rami G. Khouri.

It's the oil, stupid

Washington doesn’t yet get it, but in the Gulf region the view is crystal-clear: the geopolitics of oil is driving United States military strategy in Iraq

Parallel politics in Iraq

As politicians squabble in Baghdad, does a gathering of Iraqis in Cairo more truly represent the country’s interests?

Purple Hearts: Back from Iraq

“The dead tell no stories. It is the wounded that survive and present us with our own complicity”. To mark the second anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, openDemocracy presents ten portraits from “Purple Hearts: Back from Iraq”, the acclaimed photography collection on wounded American soldiers, by the award-winning photographer Nina Berman.

Iraq: the way forward

Can the war be won? Tim Garden, former assistant chief of the UK defence staff, maps a minefield.

Kirkuk: microcosm of Iraq

Want to understand Iraq two years after the start of the war? Take a look at Kirkuk, says Kurdish journalist Omar A Omar.

Iraq united: Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim interviewed

Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, leader of the largest party in the victorious Shi’a coalition likely to dominate Iraq’s new government, talks to Anwar Rizvi about uniting Iraq, defeating insurgency, and keeping faith with an Iran threatened by United States attack.

Pulled from the Rubble

The August 2003 UN truck bomb in Baghdad was one of the worst attacks in the organisation’s history. How do you react when you find out your father is one of the wounded, and the only survivor from the most devastated part of the building? Suddenly politics becomes personal. How do you even begin to rebuild your life after such an event? You make the acclaimed documentary film “Pulled from the Rubble” telling your family’s story. Margaret Loescher talks to Maryam Maruf about the decisions of a filmmaker, the failure of American foreign policy, barbeques, and her dad, Gil.

Afghanistan from Taliban to heroin

There are echoes of Colombia in Afghanistan’s booming drug economy. Did the United States defeat the Taliban only to lose to a poppy?

Santiago is the next step

The Club de Madrid’s international summit has united pro-democracy and anti-terrorism agendas. The Community of Democracies’ meeting in Chile must sustain the momentum, says George Soros.

The end of the IRA

Five fearless, grieving sisters may break the back of Europe’s most successful terrorist movement, writes Robin Wilson in Northern Ireland

Terrorism and its consequences: a tale of three cities

The journey from New York via Belfast to the Madrid summit on terrorism and democracy teaches Fred Halliday, in Spain's capital, a lesson about progressive politics.

Confident Iran

Iran’s leadership feels that events in Iraq and the region are going their way, finds our global security correspondent on a visit to Tehran.

Lebanon before and after Syria

Lebanon’s recovery of national independence requires a full accounting of Syria’s role in its destruction, says Roger Scruton.

The thirty-year war on terror

In a provocative argument, Dyab Abou Jahjah, the leader of the Arab European League, turns the tables in the discussion on the war on terror.

A humane Muslim future

Islam can move beyond its association with oppression and violence by being true to itself and its past, says Fareena Alam.

The Madrid Call

In the week of the Madrid summit on democracy and terrorism, two global citizens say that talking is not enough.

The terrorist exception: a response to Roger Scruton

Roger Scruton’s view of terrorism as a manifestation of hatred and resentment can neither explain nor address its precise causes, says Karin von Hippel.

The right side of the mirror

Pere Vilanova’s personal journey includes family exile, underground activism in Franco’s Spain, and the murder of friends by terrorists. He reflects on its lessons for a just response to violence.

Too expensive to cancel

A delayed and wasteful defence project is binding Britain’s future to the wrong security priorities.

War on terror or war on justice?

Governments use the threat of terrorism to diminish the liberties of the citizen. Justice campaigners seek to defend them. From Magna Carta to Guantànamo, Geoffrey Bindman maps the centuries-long struggle for law and liberty.

Democracy after terror: Kim Campbell interviewed

On the anniversary of the Madrid terrorist attacks on 11 March 2004, the city hosts an International Summit on Democracy, Terrorism and Security seeking a workable vision of “democracy for a safer world”. Kim Campbell, secretary-general of summit organisers the Club de Madrid and formerly prime minister of Canada, talks about the principles behind the event with openDemocracy’s Chloe Davies.

From terror to democracy: an open letter

What can citizens worldwide do in face of violence, fear and power? Anthony Barnett, openDemocracy’s editor, invites you to gather on 11 March 2005.

Iranian options

The United States and Israel see the Tehran regime as a far bigger threat than Saddam. Can Europe stop George W Bush from opening a new front in the “war on terror”?

Rethinking Iraq

Is it time for critics and supporters of the Iraq war to make up? openDemocracy posed a question to Iraqis and non-Iraqis. Now, in round two, they respond to each other.

Iraqi retrospect and prospect

In his hundredth weekly column since the start of war in Iraq in March 2003, our global security correspondent assesses United States strategy.

Talking to terrorists in Gaza

A dialogue in Palestine makes the Dutch expert in conflict resolution, Mient Jan Faber, think afresh about the ethical foundations of political action.

America's nuclear stealth war

The United States denounces Tehran’s development of nuclear weapons while quietly modernising its own arsenal.

Shi'a rising in Iraq

As the votes are counted, the real story of Iraq’s first democratic vote since 1953 may be that the country’s Shi’a majority is transforming the nature of Iraqi politics.

Five principles for a safer future

Democracies can effectively fight terror only by remaining true to themselves, says Isabel Hilton.

Make a difference: meet on March 11

On the anniversary of the Madrid train bombings, openDemocracy editor Anthony Barnett invites you to join a world conversation.
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