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MAY 2015


Ramos-Horta wrote in The Guardian .

The United States, the United King-

dom, India, the European Union and

the United Nations have all spoken out

on the trial. As U.N. Special Rapporteur

Gabriela Knaul put it: “Nasheed’s trial

was not only a clear violation of the

Maldives’ international human rights

obligations…but also made a mockery of

the State’s own Constitution.”

Maldives Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon has dismissed the interna- tional criticism as “ignorant and biase


and warned that Nasheed’s fate is an

internal matter.

Elected in 2008 in the first democratic

New Horizons, 1965


uring the last few years new political horizons

have been opening up in surprising ways and

places, and it is no longer sufficient to do the same

things in order to achieve the same results. Some

well-tested and unexceptionable American doctrines

no longer seem so universally persuasive or prag-

matic as they were a short time ago.

All this is naturally frustrating to the American people who

thought that they had, in the course of 20 years, won both the greatest hot

war and the greatest cold war in history, and now find some of their victories

apparently called in question, and even, in some cases, a less clear assurance

as to just who is on whose side.

In moments of discouragement, it sometimes seems that Vietnam is

insoluble, the Congo is unviable, de Gaulle is incomprehensible, Afro-Asians

are ungrateful, Arabs are intractable, Europeans are unpredictable, Russians

are irreconcilable and Chinese unregenerate.

What is required of us in foreign affairs, as in any other kind of affairs, is

(a) a sober, persistent reassessment of the realities we face; (b) a recognition

that while we are intelligent we are not omniscient, and while we are strong

we are not omnipotent; and (c) a sense of poise, of proportion, of confidence

undiminished but adjusted to our capabilities on the changing scene…

It may prove that one of the most effective things we can do abroad at this

time will be to create at home a Great Society which will serve as a reminder

everywhere of what America physically can do and politically and morally

intends to do—in other words a reminder to us and everyone else of what we

stand for.

With this might go a somewhat more selective approach to the prob-

lems of the world as a whole and our responsibility toward them. …We may

not have as much responsibility as we supposed, or as much capability as

we had, to ensure that nothing unpleasant happens anywhere or that the

natural turbulence of new states and new societies is always and everywhere


—By Charles Yost, from “New Horizons in Foreign Affairs,”


, May 1965.

50 Years Ago