Michael Wallach

Michael Wallach is a TAP Online intern and a graduate student at Columbia University's School for International and Public Affairs.

Recent Articles

Peaced Together

The war on terrorism has in many ways been a war on fundamentalist Islam. But that could be about to change. A new type of state may soon emerge in eastern Africa -- an Islamic nation at peace with the United States. Sudan may soon become the world's second Islamic country (after Saudi Arabia) to officially exist outside of George W. Bush's "axis of evil." Northern and southern Sudan have been locked in a deadly civil war for 20 years. The two sides are in negotiations this summer, and those talks, the U.S. State Department announced this week, may lead to an agreement by Aug. 14. Prospects for a permanent peace look better than they have in years, though it is still unclear what kind of agreement will emerge. Most likely, said former Sudanese Foreign Minister Mohamed Khalil, speaking at the Middle East Institute in Washington last week, the northern and southern sides will agree to separate. The north, which is predominantly Muslim, will probably consolidate its Islamic regime. The...

Defense Mechanism

Everyone knows nation building is for sissies and not nearly as much fun as blowing things up. And for Republicans, there may be nothing better than capitalizing on war fervor to blow up a union. So it should come as no surprise that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, perhaps bored by the post Iraq-war world, is once again picking fights at the Pentagon. You may recall that before September 11 saved his job, Rumsfeld spent his first nine months in the Bush administration earning the enmity of just about everyone around him. Recently, of course, he's been riding high: In the days after the Iraq War, he strutted through press conferences with an almost comically self-satisfied air -- threatening Syria, scowling at those who had criticized his war plans. Now, having vanquished Saddam Hussein's army (and having let every American know just whom they should credit for that victory), Rumsfeld re-entered the public spotlight yesterday -- this time to battle his own employees. Appearing...