36 Fletcher F. World Aff. 1 (2012)

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The editorial staff of The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs is pleased to bring you our most
recent edition. As always, we strive to reflect The Fletcher School curriculums breadth and depth by
offering articles on a diverse range of topics while also exploring those issues in depth and hopefully
from a perspective that our readers have not yet encountered.
If 2011 has taught followers of global affairs anything, it is that unpredictability is the only
thing that can be safely predicted. For its part, 2012 has already been peppered with predictions,
famously going back as far as the ancient Mayans who believed that 2012 would be end of the
world (or at least the calendar). While The Forum will not weigh in on ancient astronomy or escha-
tology, it should be clear to everyone that all is not well even if the world survives 2012. RADHIKA.
COOMAR.SAIY, under-secretary-general, special representative for children and armed
conflict at the United Nations, discusses the horrific plight of child soldiers and suggests ways that the
international community can help ensure the protection of children in armed conflicts. ZBIGNIEW
BRZEZINSKI offers his typically trenchant and cutting insight in his October 2011 acceptance
speech for the de Tocqueville Prize, reprinted here, and suggests that the United States can restore
its long-term health by engaging in short-term economic sacrifices and embracing a new collec-
tive, global sense of self-interest. ALEX DE WAAL, JENS MEIERHENRICH, and BRIDGET
CONLEY-ZILKIC offer fascinating new perspectives on the study of genocide and suggest a new
counter-narrative to how mass atrocities end. ERIC SCHMITT AND THOM SHANKER, each
veteran defense correspondents, consider how terrorists and counter-terrorists evolve in their methods
and wonder if Cold War-era theories of deterrence are applicable to the modern fight against terror-
ists. KATRINA BURGESS examines how the restructuring of the global political economy has
affected migration trends and the political impact of immigrants in their country of origin in light of
the billions of dollars of remittances that they send home. CRAIG COHEN tackles the question of
how the United States can maintain a robust foreign policy in an era of tightening fiscal constraints
and argues that the best way out of this conundrum is to improve mapping and managing risks. JOY
GORDON explores the impact of the long-standing American trade embargo on Cuba and argues
that Cuba has become adept at circumventing the embargo by effectively using its diplomatic skills
and engaging heavily in international banking and trade. Finally, GEORGIYVOLOSHIN looks at
the recent terrorist attacks in Kazakhstan and analyzes the Kazakh government's response, speculating
whether Central Asia may become a new front in the war on terror.
We are also pleased to announce The Forum's new website, www.fletcherforum.org, which
will feature unique content and online forums, in addition to including The Forum's print archives.
This will help fill a gap that exists between the academic world and policy world by using academia's
insights to offer concrete and concise policy analyses. We hope that it will become a new favorite
website for policymakers in need of a resource for their memos.
I must thank Jennifer Brookland, our managing print editor, for all of her help in shepherding
the articles through the editing process and getting everything into the right shape for publication. I
should also thank Meghan Healy Luecke, our managing web editor, for all of her help in redesigning
our website, as well as Andrew Schwartz, our senior web editor, who created the entire website almost
single-handedly. I would also like to thank the administration of The Fletcher School as well as The
Forum's advisory board for their indispensable advice and support. Finally, thank you to our readers for
their interest in our publication. We hope that you find this issue interesting and thought-provoking
and we invite you to share your opinion by submitting a letter to the editor.

VOL. 36:1 WINTER 2012

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