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SAIS Observer editors have a note for you — The past year has seen some tremendous changes for the Observer. We went from being a monthly to a weekly, established a strong web presence (going from a monthly best of 481 to 7,205 views), and restructured our editorial staff to bring you not only more but better stories..
Over two years, SAIS has given each of us one of the best educations in the world, stimulated our intellect in newfound ways and opened doors to our future careers. It is time to give back for all we have received. Section Editor and former Co-Editor-In-Chief, Tristram Thomas, calls for giving to the Class Gift.
Co-Editor-In-Chief Jameel Khan interviewed P.J. Crowley, the former Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the State Department. He shared his thoughts with The SAIS Observer on a timely and controversial topic: secrecy and reporting in the age of leaks.
Sana Ali, guest contributor at SAIS Washington, wrote that a historical posture of hardship has survived in the Pakistani consciousness from one crisis to another, but now Pakistan finds itself in a security storm with internal conflicts threatening the writ of the state.
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“… Sometimes governments need to intervene militarily. Sometimes just putting a spotlight on a thing can be like an intervention because it will stop things as I had the experience in Bosnia. After I wrote my story about Omarska, the Bosnian Serb authorities shut it down, and many other camps as well…” — On what journalists should do with their information Full InterviewRoy Gutman, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist, Middle East Bureau Chief, McClatchy Newspapers
“… What we saw in those cases were U.S. officials [that] were reluctant to admit what we all knew was happening, because to admit that would then trigger our response. And so they were so reluctant to intervene that we danced around using the words that we knew would trigger that response. We would not want to call it genocide in Darfur as well as in Rwanda…” — On the question of the US role in preventing humanitarian crises Full InterviewKeith Richburg, Washington Post Bureau Chief, Beijing
“… In times of war, we as a people give government considerable latitude in dealing with the immediate crisis. We have gained a greater understanding of the challenge over the past decade or so and are appropriately making necessary adjustments. This rebalancing will go on for some time…” — On civil liberties and national security interests Full InterviewP.J. Crowley, Former Assistant Secretary of State