Tagged: International Relations

New Japanese P.M. quits

Japan’s new prime minister, Yjkio Hatoyama, squandered a historic electoral mandate in only nine months and resigned — sparking a scramble by his Democratic Party of Japan to find a new leader before July’s election.  International relations Professor William Grimes, director of the Center for the Study of Asia, says Hatoyama was not prepared to […]

North v. South Korea tensions mount

With military and political tensions increasing daily on the Korean Peninsula, Secretary of State Clinton says America will stand by South Korea as it seeks UN action to redress North Korea’s apparent sinking of South Korean warship.  International relations Professor Thomas Berger, a specialist on government and political culture in East Asia, says today’s situation […]

Director of national intelligence quits

Retired Navy Admiral Dennis Blair resigned as national intelligence director after only 16 months on the job — pushed out by President Obama who will name a successor.  Political science Professor Joseph Wippl, director of the BU Center for International Relations and a 30-year CIA operations officer, said it’s an impossible job because it doesn’t have […]

North/South Korea standoff

South Korea’s president says his country will take “resolute countermeasures” against neighboring North Korea for what an international investigation has found to be overwhelming evidence that a South Korean warship was sunk two months ago by a torpedo made in North Korea fired by a North Korean submarine.  International relations Professor William Keylor, author of […]

Times Square bomb suspect

Investigators are trying to determine any connections between a Pakistani-American charges in the failed Times Square car bombing and any international terrorist groups, possibly the Pakistani Taliban.  International relations Professor Adil Najam, director of the Pardee Center for the Student of the Longer-Range Future and editor of “Pakistanis in America: Portrait of a Giving Community,” […]

“Africa is a continent and not a country”

Former two-term President Festus Mogae of Botswana, beginning his stint as the sixth African President in Residence at BU’s African Presidential Archives and Research Center (APARC), talks in a BU Today interview about what he hopes to accomplish during his three-month residency on the Charles River campus.

African democracies await “enlightened” Obama administration

International Relations Professor Charles Stith, director of the African Presidential Archives and Research Center (APARC) and former U.S. ambassador to Tanzania, says African leaders tell him they are hopeful about the enhanced role the U.S. may play on their continent. “Having just returned from a trip to eight African countries and meeting with six heads […]

Build on Bush’s Middle East Progress

Journalism Professor Robert Zelnick, former ABC News correspondent, a Hoover Institute fellow, and author of “Israeli Unilateralism: Beyond Gaza,” says Obama should build on Bush’s Middle East progress.  With Secretary of State Clinton in the region, Zelnick suggests in the Christian Science Monitor how this can be done. “If (U.S. special envoys George Mitchell and Dennis Ross) can […]