32 Fletcher F. World Aff. 1 (2008)

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With each issue of The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, we strive to incorporate the
five areas of international affairs detailed in our mission: legal, political, economic, envi-
ronmental, and diplomatic. The pieces published in The Forum address current debates
in international affairs in an interdisciplinary manner, since both our authors and our
audiences recognize the complexity of the issues at hand.
We begin these pages with two interviews from Europe. Poland's recently appoint-
ed Foreign Minister RADOSLAWSIKORSKI offers a perspective on the vital cooperation
among Poland, NATO, and the European Union, especially in matters of security. JEAN-
MAURICE RIPERT, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, focuses
on the need to tailor his country's foreign policy to a changing world. Complementing
her colleagues, European Commissioner for Consumer Policy MEGLENA KUNEVA ad-
dresses the advantages for cross-border economic cooperation.
Outside the European sphere, our authors tackle a number of national and re-
gional policy issues. With an original perspective on Islamic fundamentalism, DAVID
GOLDFISCHER and MICHELINE ISHAY link the roots of European fascism to vio-
lent Islamic movements, arguing that sustained economic development combined with
the promotion of human rights could lead to a durable peace. Using a case study of
Afghanistan, CHERYL BENARD argues that policymakers should reevaluate their as-
sumptions of women's roles in nation-building, focusing instead on local perceptions of
sustainability. JAN OLAF HAUSOTTER analyzes the UN's peacekeeping and peace-build-
ing role in Haiti's political and economic stabilization. KYAWYIN HLAING recounts and
clarifies the 2007 protests in Myanmar with contributions from monks, officials, and
everyday citizens. Assessing Central Asia's energy potential, ANDREW C. HESS contends
that gas supplies and new transport routes will redefine regional and global politics.
While more attention is being paid publicly to the environment, addressing increas-
ingly pressing concerns has been a slow process that could benefit from additional pragma-
tism. ALAN B. SIELEN offers an analysis of current glitches of domestic and international
environment-related bureaucracies and proposes concrete steps towards healing the oceans.
Environmental concerns are unarguably amplifying the number and magnitude of natural
disasters, thereby placing more pressures on relief agencies. LANGDON GREENHALGH
stresses the widening gap in humanitarian management leadership that could lead to a
sector crisis. Challenging international trade goals and widely accepted assumptions about
free trade, STEVE SUPPAN puts forward four theses on food sovereignty.
In recent years, the United States' public diplomacy efforts have undergone sub-
stantial transformation. Conveying the challenges at hand for international visitors,
DETLEV VAGTS argues that policy changes and public awareness are essential to suc-
cessful cross-border scholarship. CROCKER SNOW, JR. argues that, in fact, changes are
already underway-but not by the government. Rather the more innovative and more
global private sector is becoming the crucial element of U.S. public diplomacy.
We hope you enjoy the current issue of The Forum and we encourage you to visit
our website for selections from past issues. As always, we look forward to hearing from
you by e-mail, letter, and phone.

VOL. 32:1 WINTER 2008

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