31 Fletcher F. World Aff. 1 (2007)

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Once asked to predict the fluctuation of the market, Alan Greenspan famously
replied: The market will fluctuate. The same is true in world affairs, where flux is the
norm. It is the mission of The Fletcher Forum to examine this ever-changing world; we
seek authors willing to take on the major issues, as well as those issues that often fall
outside the media focus.
So what issues claimed our attention, and why should they merit yours?
America's long war and its policies in the Middle East remain profoundly im-
portant. We asked our authors: How should the U.S. deal with Iran and Lebanon?
What limits exist on the U.S. diplomatic toolbox in the war on terror? In an uncon-
ventional war, how shall the rule of law be maintained? And how shall states achieve
energy security in the Persian Gulf? These are the major questions and issues facing U.S.
foreign and defense policy today. The diplomats and writers in this edition present us
with surprising answers, and leave us with greater insight.
As a nation, Iceland is not often in the limelight. It is now. When the U.S.
withdrew its military forces in September of last year, Iceland was left without any
armed forces of its own and it entered a heightened security dilemma. In this edition
The Fletcher Forum proudly presents one of the first in-depth examinations of Iceland's
changed situation.
For this edition and the next The Fletcher Forum has decided to devote signifi-
cant thought to the dynamic and vast region of Asia. In examining India, China, Japan,
Malaysia, and The Shanghai Cooperation Organization, our five authors present valu-
able insights into the East.
Importantly, the year 2006 marked the milestone 25th anniversary of the dis-
covery of HIV/AIDS. Spreading in Eastern Europe and Asia, the disease strikes hardest
in Africa. In our decision to consider this important anniversary, we asked a leading
thinker in South Africa to describe the impact of the disease on that country. We hope
that South Africa rises to the challenges, and that other nations follow suit.
Immigration is one of the most tangible manifestations of international affairs
on a state's domestic life. How do immigrants assimilate? What impact do they have on
the economic and cultural life of a nation? How can immigrants become citizens of the
heart, or are they destined to remain strangers in a strange land? With authors from
North America, Europe and South Africa, The Forum examines life in a migrant world.
We hope that you enjoy the articles that we have commissioned and selected. We
offer even more on our new webpage at www.fletcherforum.com; please do pay us a visit.
Also, we can be reached at forum@tufts.edu. We look forward to hearing from you.

VOL. 31 :1 WINTER 2007

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