Stories by Conn Hallinan

Foreign Policy In Focus columnist Conn Hallinan can be read at www.dispatchesfromtheedgeblog.wordpress.com and www.middleempireseries.wordpress.com.  subscribe to Conn Hallinan's feed

Posted on: Mar 4, 2014, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

Ukraine’s ultra-right-wing Svoboda party is no fringe organization.

Posted on: Feb 3, 2014, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

A new book explains that Canada's support for the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan is linked to aspirations of empire.

Posted on: May 29, 2013, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

The war has been awful for all involved--and without peace negotiations, it will stay that way.

Posted on: Apr 7, 2013, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

Establishing a pro-western government in Damascus and inflicting damage on Iran is mostly illusion.

Posted on: Jul 17, 2012, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

In the case of Iran, international politics has become a de-facto state of war.

Posted on: Feb 28, 2012, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

Netanyahu may calculate that an election-season Israeli attack might force the Obama administration to back a war and/or damage Obama’s re-election chances.

Posted on: Aug 18, 2011, Source: AlterNet

A military that conducts stealthy night raids, secret assassinations, and death-dealing drones is more likely to believe it has the right to control America's policy abroad.

Posted on: Jun 21, 2011, Source: AlterNet

America faces a huge challenge in caring for the shocking number or traumatized war vets.

Posted on: Apr 26, 2011, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

North Korea's lesson from Libya is that if you give up your WMD programs peacefully, you may have lost your best defense from invasion.

Posted on: Dec 13, 2010, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

Today, Kashmir could spark a nuclear war that would have a global effect. It is short-sighted to ignore the UN's original proposal and instead pursue an anti-China alliance.

Posted on: Nov 2, 2010, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

A strengthened and more democratic United Nations is necessary to resolve these crises. The alternatives are the stuff of nightmares.

Posted on: Sep 5, 2010, Source: AlterNet

While the world is riveted by the on-going crisis around Iran's nuclear program, the most immediate danger of a war may be on Israel's border with Lebanon

Posted on: Aug 16, 2010, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

There never was a goal set by NATO and Afghanistan that was achievable; because their blood and capital are finite.

Posted on: Aug 5, 2010, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

Colombia is currently the most dangerous country in the world for trade unionists, and the U.S. is likely implicated in the murders.

Posted on: Jul 12, 2010, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

Though Iran does not have nuclear capability, the U.S. and Israel are espousing a doctrine of "pre-emption."

Posted on: Apr 2, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Ramping up the rhetoric of war in a volatile region can lead to a misstep and once the dogs of war are off their leash, it will be hard to bring them to heel.

Posted on: Sep 13, 2009, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

It's almost as if there is something about that hard-edged Central Asian country that deranges its occupiers.

Posted on: Jul 12, 2009, Source: CounterPunch

Israel faces growing international pressure to freeze its settlements -- will the U.S. join the chorus?

Posted on: May 27, 2009, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

In Syria, Sudan and elsewhere there have been violent attacks that no country has claimed responsibility for. A dark new trend in warfare.

Posted on: Mar 3, 2009, Source: AlterNet

There is a growing consensus among Israelis that it would acceptable to expel its Arab citizens to either a Palestinian state or to Jordan and Egypt.

Posted on: Feb 12, 2009, Source: Foreign Policy

Israel tested out a "focused lethality" weapon that minimizes explosive damage to structures while inflicting catastrophic wounds on its victims.

Posted on: Dec 21, 2008, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

With less money to go around, why burn it on stupid projects for the defense industry?

Posted on: Nov 5, 2008, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

Beset by economic crisis and bogged down in two unwinnable wars, the Colossus of the North no longer wields the clout it once had.

Posted on: Jun 28, 2008, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

NATO is an organization without a mission -- will it create its own?

Posted on: Jun 4, 2008, Source: Portside

Something is afoot. Just what is not clear, but recent moves by the White House strongly suggest that Bush will attack Iran in the near future.

Posted on: Apr 24, 2008, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

The Bush administration needs to be reminded that Iraq is not a war -- it's a country.

Posted on: Mar 24, 2008, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

Last year was the deadliest for Afghanistan since the 2001 invasion

Posted on: Jan 29, 2008, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

The neocons' project to create a "benign" global empire is dead, a victim of their own hubris.

Posted on: Oct 19, 2007, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

In 1258, the Mongols took Baghdad, murdered its inhabitants, burned its libraries, and ravished its lands. The Bush administration has done the same, but hidden it behind a smoke screen of lies.

Posted on: Sep 13, 2007, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

The U.S. military is increasingly relying on deadly air strikes in Iraq and Afghanistan as the ground occupations fall apart, killing untold numbers of civilians.

Posted on: Nov 13, 2006, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

A growing number of ill-prepared and under-funded clinics are tasked with caring for our nation's vets, and Bush is turning a blind eye.

Posted on: Dec 5, 2002, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

The White House plan to develop nuclear "bunker-busters" is a violation of of at least three articles of the non-proliferation treaty.

Posted on: Oct 20, 2002, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

For the past 11 years, the U.S. government has coordinated a war of terror and destruction on Iraqi civilians and infrastructure. The time to join the legions already opposed is now, or else your silence will be taken as consent.