Should countries tell China that if it does not pressure Burma to open up, they will boycott the Beijing Olympics?

Posted by Fareed Zakaria on October 3, 2007 11:15 AM


Miriam Leitao is a reporter and columnist for O Globo and Radio CBN in Brazil. She is also a commentator on Globo TV Network and runs her own blog,, hosted at Globo online at She was awarded Columbia University’s Maria Moors Cabot Prize in 2005.

Boycott Plans Naïve and Unrealistic

Pressuring China sounds like a noble idea, but the logistics don’t pan out.

Miriam Leitao Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | 44 COMMENTS
Oct 5, 2007 at 5:07 PM
James Fallows is National Correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly. In addition to working for the Atlantic, he has spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, two years as the editor of US News & World Report, and six months as a program designer at Microsoft.

Ultimatums Won't Move China

James Fallows China/USA | 127 COMMENTS
Rami George Khouri is a Palestinian-Jordanian and U.S. citizen whose family resides in Beirut, Amman, and Nazareth. He is editor at large, and former executive editor, of the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper, published throughout the Middle East with the International Herald Tribune. An internationally syndicated political columnist and book author, he is also the first director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, and also serves as a nonresident senior fellow at the Kennedy School of Harvard University and the Dubai School of Government. He was awarded the Pax Christi International Peace Prize for 2006. He teaches annually at American University of Beirut, University of Chicago and Northeastern University. He has been a fellow and visiting scholar at Harvard University, Mount Holyoke College, Syracuse University and Stanford University, and is a member of the Brookings Institution Task Force on US Relations with the Islamic World. He is a Fellow of the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (Jerusalem), and a member of the Leadership Council of the Harvard University Divinity School. He also serves on the board of the East-West Institute, the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University (USA), and the Jordan National Museum. He was editor-in-chief of the Jordan Times for seven years and for 18 years he was general manager of Al Kutba, Publishers, in Amman, Jordan, where he also served as a consultant to the Jordanian tourism ministry on biblical archaeological sites. He has hosted programs on archeology, history and current public affairs on Jordan Television and Radio Jordan, and often comments on Mideast issues in the international media. He has BA and MSc degrees respectively in political science and mass communications from Syracuse University, NY, USA.

Boycotts are For Foolhardy Bullies

Rami G. Khouri Beirut, Lebanon | 14 COMMENTS
Former Washington-based columnist for The Hong Kong Standard, The New York Sun, and Insight on the News, an online weekly published by The Washington Times. Covered economic and political relations between the United States and East Asia, with an emphasis on China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Former chairman of the Hong Kong Journalists' Association. Currently a business executive at a Chinese-language newspaper in Hong Kong.

Boycott China's Games for China, Not Burma

Kin-ming Liu Hong Kong | 34 COMMENTS
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» Indiana David | Excellent points, James! If the last six years has taught the U.S. anything, it's that boycotts, sanctions, threats and other general-purpose bullying...
» Glenn | So, we should allow one repressive, human-rights abusing country that holds sway over another even more repressive, human-rights abusing country to go...
» ted strom | Wait, Jim, there's an inconsistency in your argument. On the one hand you say we should not take any serious public steps, like an olympic boycott, t...

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