THE QUESTION

With the U.S. presidential primary season in full swing, there's a lot of talk here about "change" vs. "competence" in leadership. Which does your country have more of? Is that a good thing?

Posted by Lauren Keane on January 30, 2008 1:26 PM

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Dr. Njogu is C.E.O of Twaweza Communications. He was previously Associate Professor of African languages and literatures at Kenyatta University.

No Need for Either/Or Leadership

Let’s not assume change is always a good thing.

Kimani Njogu Nairobi, Kenya | 3 COMMENTS
Jan 31, 2008 at 3:45 PM
Ignacio Gil Vázquez is the managing editor of Spain’s second largest circulation newspaper, El Mundo. He previously served as foreign correspondent in France and as Culture section editor. He has covered wide-ranging events throughout his career, including the Basque conflict, Catalan politics, Francois Mitterrand’s final years as president of France, his successor Jacques Chirac’s election, and the death of Princess Diana.

Experience Not Welcome

Ignacio Gil Vázquez Madrid, Spain | 3 COMMENTS
Vivian Salama is an award winning reporter, producer and blogger. Currently based in Lahore, Pakistan, she has reported for various publications from across the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Balkans, the United States and North and South Korea. She has also appeared as a commentator on the BBC, France24, South African Broadcasting Corp., TVNZ, NPR and as a reporter for Voice of America radio. Her byline has appeared in numerous publications including Newsweek, USA Today, the International Herald Tribune, the National, Jerusalem Post, and the Daily Star. Salama has an MA in Islamic Politics from Columbia University and she previously worked as a lecturer of international journalism at Rutgers University.

Change, Yes, But Cut the Rhetoric

Vivian Salama USA/Middle East | 12 COMMENTS
Saul Singer, a columnist and former editorial page editor at the Jerusalem Post, is co-author of the forthcoming book, Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle. He has also written for the Wall Street Journal, Commentary, Middle East Quarterly, Moment, the New Leader, and bitterlemons.org (an Israeli/Palestinian e-zine). Before moving to Israel in 1994, he served as an adviser in the United States Congress to the House Foreign Affairs and Senate Banking Committees. He is also on Twitter.

In Israel, No Change for Change’s Sake

Saul Singer Jerusalem, Israel | 3 COMMENTS
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» Rick Jones, Fredericksburg, VA | Non-Egyptian and Elaine have the right view. The US pumps $ billions into Egypt and Jordan to keep Mubarak and King Abdullah II in power. Why, becau...
» Amy, Honolulu HI | Geez -- talk about a loaded way of framing our options! If you're going to move away from the usual simplification of "change" versus "experience", f...
» Robert of Los Angeles | The question calls for honesty of your own nation not excuses or comparisons. The verdict: half a loaf good on describing Mubarak. But the usual ...
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