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Ray Filar

Ray Filar is co-editor of Transformation and a freelance journalist.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The world’s food insecurity

The severity of today's world food crisis resembles that of the early 1970s. But the role of the financial sector and of global climate change are key differences, says Paul Rogers.

(This article was first published on 24 April 2008)

Afghanistan’s Vietnam portent

The demolition of a French empire at Dien Bien Phu is inspiration to a Taliban aiming to erode the resolve of the United States and its allies, says Paul Rogers

(This article was first published on 17 April 2008)

Hamas: talk to them

A scrutiny of Hamas's history, thinking, internal politics and relation to the Palestinian public makes the case for dialogue with the movement, says Jeroen Gunning.

A war of decades

Washington's bubble of optimism about Iraq has burst. The fallout reveals the contrast between American and jihadi strategic thinking, says Paul Rogers.

The Iraqi whirlwind

The uncertain and fragile security situation in Iraq challenges the view that the war is being won.

(This article was first published on 3 April 2008) 

Lebanon’s “14 March”: from protest to leadership

The political alliance that promised to save and inspire Lebanon in 2005 now needs to renew itself from within, says Hazem Saghieh.

Basra’s second battle decoded

The conflict in Basra is part of a wider political struggle over the future of Iraq, says Reidar Visser.

European missile defence: the America-Russia-Iran knot

The installation of United States military systems in Poland and the Czech Republic will provoke a dangerous new arms race, argue Tom Sauer & David Webb.

Iraq in 2012: four scenarios

What will Iraq's future resemble - and under which United States president? Volker Perthes outlines four possible, contrasting outcomes by 2012, and invites response as to the most likely.

(This article was first published on 11 September 2007)

A global threat multiplier

Two new reports highlight the unavoidable emergency of climate change and the key responsibility of governments in taking radical measures to address it.

Pakistan’s tough inheritance

A new government in Pakistan must address the difficult political legacy bequeathed by the country’s discredited president. Irfan Husain assesses the challenge.

Halabja: the politics of memory

The Saddam-era poison-gas attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja on 16 March 1988 has from the start been surrounded by distortion and denial. Only truth can deliver justice for the victims, says Joost R Hiltermann.

Israel, the United States and Iran: the tipping-point

A Washington military resignation - and Israel's operations in Gaza - may affect the likelihood and timing of a war with Tehran, says Paul Rogers.

Jordan: directing democracy

A research project using film to study democracy and civil society Jordan becomes for Deena Dajani a lesson in the scope - and limits - of freedom of speech.

The war over there

Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan are near-invisible in the United States election. That may not last

Islam and ideology: the Pakistani connection

The formation of Pakistan is a case-study in the argument over whether religion can be understood as a variant of political ideology, says Izzud-Din Pal.

Gaza: unlock this prison

The humanitarian crisis in Gaza demands urgent action on both the aid and political fronts, says Geoffrey Bindman.

Riyadh: city of women

Saudi Arabia's professional women and young people are creating their own spaces of personal freedom in a conservative and segregated society, finds Bissane El-Cheikh.

When will they ever learn? Women, men and peace-building

International Women's Day is a moment to press global power-brokers to realise the aspiration of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 to allow women to take their rightful place at the heart of peace-building, says Lesley Abdela.

Kosovo and Palestine

Kosovo’s unfinished business has lessons for the Palestinians’ national struggle too, says Yossi Alpher.

Kosovo, Palestine, Iraq: the limits of analogy

Kosovo's independence fuels arguments on both sides in the middle east - and in Iraqi Kurdistan, says Shlomo Avineri.

The SWISH Report (10)

The al-Qaida movement again solicits advice from the respected management consultancy. The SWISH experts hint that this could be their last such report.

Kosova and Albania: history, people, identity

The creation of an independent Kosovar state highlights the singular relationship between the Albanians of this former Yugoslav territory and their cousins in the Republic of Albania. The scholar and translator Robert Elsie reflects on a turbulent, unfinished history.

Pakistan’s judgment day

Pakistan's election was a major defeat for the Islamists, the president's allies, and most of all for Pervez Musharraf himself. But what happens next? Irfan Husain assesses a big moment and the challenges ahead.

The Defense News version

A single week's issue of a leading military journal reveals a lot about the United States's strategic predicament and plans.

Desimir Tosic (1920-2008): in memoriam

A venerable Serbian politician and historian embodied the best of his country, writes Dejan Djokic.

Chad: between Sudan’s blitzkrieg and Darfur’s war

The wars provoked or cultivated by Sudan's revolutionary Islamist regime are failing to deliver the regional control Khartoum seeks, says Gérard Prunier.

Pakistan and violence: memory, shame, and repression

Why is Pakistan so violent? Furhan Iqbal seeks the roots of a problem that has been with the state since its formation in 1947.

Kosovo: the day after

The cost of Kosovo's independence is the permanent embitterment of its Serb minority. When the tears of joy and despair dry, a fresh diplomatic solution will be needed, says Timothy William Waters.

Iraq's political space

The flaws in Iraq's political system must be addressed at national level if local progress is to be made

Kosovo declares independence


The Kosovo assembly in Pristina announced on 17 February 2008 that the territory was an independent state. This is the full text of itshistoric declaration.

Israel after Lebanon: warning siren, deaf ears

An official report scorns the Israeli military and political elite's failures in the Lebanon war of 2006. Its reception suggests that the next war may be close, reports Thomas O'Dwyer.

The asymmetry of economic war

The targeting of western business interests is becoming a potent weapon in the militant armoury

The quiet revolution: energy futures in Iran, the Gulf, and Israel

A transformation in energy policy will reshape the middle east's profile as a region defined by oil, says James Howarth.

What kind of country?

The lesson of the July 2005 terror attacks is that Britain must become either secular or multicultural – and choosing the latter means setting up a Muslim parliament, says David Hayes.

(This article was first published on 28 July 2005)

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