A number of trends indicate a strong potential for a resurgence in international terror this coming year.

Don’t want to be a Gloomy Gus on New Year’s Eve, but I will speculate that Islamicist terrorism will recapture international attention, especially in the West, this coming year. Read more

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My seven-year-old daughter associates Christmas with gifts and decorated trees. Religion is largely a matter of academic interest to me, but I will half-seriously argue that any practicing Hindus can coopt the Christmas tree into his household without trepidation. Read more

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There are plenty of theories as to what is going wrong, or at least why so little seems to be going right, with relations between India and China:  It has to do with the Dalai Lama, the legacy of 1962, Beijing’s fears of a US-India alliance, general bloody-mindedness on both sides. Read more

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Obama should not shirk from saying that his upping the war in Afghanistan is, in fact, necessary for promoting peace

Protestors have already made a noise in Oslo as Barack Obama arrives to collect his Premature Nobel Peace Prize. Everyone has been having a field day with the seeming contradiction of his collecting the prize just days after ordering 30,000 additional US troops to go to Afghanistan. Read more

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Barack Obama’s speech ordering 30,000 more US troops to Afghanistan was the closest thing to a war cry that the new administration has made. It fell short, of course. There is an obvious contradiction in saying things like “I will finish the job” and then speak of rolling back the troops by July 2011 or speak of ending the threat of Al Qaeda and saying building an Afghan nation is not what the US plans to do.

It has already been seized upon by Republicans but also by Taliban leaders. Read more

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