34 Fletcher F. World Aff. 1 (2010)

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For the past thirty-five years, The Fletcher Forum of WorldAffairs has featured arti-
cles that offer fresh perspectives and contribute to meaningful debate on pressing issues
in international affairs. As we begin a new decade, The Forum strives to continue in this
tradition. The Winter 2010 issue presents research and commentary from scholars, poli-
cymakers, and practitioners on critical topics, ranging from counterinsurgency to sexual
violence to justice reform.
With the United States still engaged in Iraq and Afghanistan, foreign policy discus-
sions-at The Fletcher School and beyond-remain focused on the greater Middle East
and South Asia. In an interview with The Forum, AMBASSADOR R. NICHOLAS
BURNS emphasizes the importance of these two regions. In particular, Ambassador Burns
highlights the difficulties in negotiating with Iran, evaluates President Obama's strategy
for Afghanistan, and asserts that South Asia is the most critical region for U.S. policy.
REIDAR VISSER stresses the need to address pre-2003 Kurdish objectives,
arguing that doing so will help ensure stability in Iraq. NORAH NILAND calls for
greater emphasis on justice in Afghanistan, particularly relating to human rights viola-
tions. GEOFFREY GRESH assesses the geopolitical importance of the Strait of Hormuz
and assesses the current U.S. naval presence in the region. KUNDA DIXIT examines the
rivalry between India and China and outlines the implications of this rivalry for Nepal and
other neighboring states.
Moving beyond South Asia and the Middle East, JENDAYI FRAZER reflects on
U.S. policy toward Africa during the George W Bush administration, while GAELLE
BRETON-LE GOFF offers an in-depth look at sexual violence in the Democratic
Republic of the Congo.
Terrorism and insurgency continue to be fixtures of the post-9/11 era. MARK
MOYAR explores the relationship between leadership and effective counterinsurgency.
MICHAEL JACOBSON and MATTHEW LEVITT discuss the growing link between
terrorist groups and organized crime networks.
After writing on the subject for The Forum twenty years ago, ALAN HENRIKSON
revisits the question of geographical nativism and its impact on policy. In this installment,
he contends that George Kennan's northern inclinations influenced his domestic and
foreign policy decisions.
The Fletcher Forum of Work/Affairs is privileged to have worked with the contribu-
tors to both the current and past issues of the journal, and we hope to continue to provide
our readers with informative and thoughtful discourse in the coming years.

VOL. 34:1 WINTER 2010

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