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Volume 129 - Number 2 - Summer 2014
Finding Bin Laden: Lessons for a New American Way of Intelligence
ERIK J. DAHL describes the nearly decade-long search for Osama bin Laden and what it reveals about the capabilities and the limitations of the American intelligence community. He argues that this case suggests that we may be seeing the ﬁrst signs of a “new American way of intelligence” with a reduced reliance on the expensive, high-technology systems of the Cold War and a greater emphasis on broad-based intelligence fusion and analysis.
Building National Armies after Civil War: Lessons from Bosnia, El Salvador, and Lebanon
Zoltan Barany looks at how national armies are built following the conclusion of civil wars and identiﬁes lessons derived from three cases: Bosnia and Herzegovina, El Salvador, and Lebanon. He describes the key components of successful post-civil war building of an army.
The Role of Political Science in China: Intellectuals and Authoritarian Resilience
STEPHEN NOAKES discusses the relationship between political scientists and the state in China. He argues that political scientists do more to strengthen the rule of the Chinese Communist Party than they do to undermine it, and are therefore complicit in preserving the authoritarian status quo.
Papers Please: State-Level Anti-Immigrant Legislation in the Wake of Arizona’s SB 1070
SOPHIA J. WALLACE examines the factors that inﬂuence the introduction of SB 1070–type bills in state legislatures. She ﬁnds that Republican control of state legislatures and a rising unemployment rate greatly increase the likelihood of introducing this type of restrictive immigration bill. She asserts that Latino population changes and the percentage of Latino state legislators do not have an impact.
Critical Junctures, Catalysts, and Democratic Consolidation in Turkey
RAMAZAN KILINÇ argues that at critical junctures, structural factors weaken and actors are enabled to gain strength for future political trajectories. He applies this argument to democratic consolidation in Turkey. He ﬁnds that the 1997 military intervention unintentionally led to the eventual outcome of democratic consolidation. In the absence of this catalyst, it might have taken several more years for structural factors to generate democratization.
Serving or Self-Serving? A Review Essay of Robert Gates’s Memoir
Robert Jervis reviews Robert Gates’s recently published memoir, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War. The reviewer argues that the memoir is very revealing, but inadvertently so insofar as it shows for example Gates’s failure to focus on the key issues involved in the decisions to send more troops to Afghanistan and his inability to bridge the gap between the perspectives of the generals and of the White House.
August 29, 2014
An Education in Politics: The Origin and Evolution of No Child Left Behind, Jesse H. Rhodes
Reviewed by Terry M. Moe FREE
Acting White? Rethinking Race in Post-Racial America, Devon W. Carbado and Mitu Gulati
Reviewed by Jennifer L. Hochschild
Outlier States: American Strategies to Change, Contain, or Engage Regimes, Robert S. Litwak
Reviewed by Matthew Kroenig
The Constitution of Religious Freedom: God, Politics, and the First Amendment, Dennis J. Goldford
Reviewed by RANDALL BALMER
He Runs, She Runs: Why Gender Stereotypes Do Not Harm Women Candidates, Deborah Jordan Brooks
Reviewed by JESSICA ROBINSON PREECE FREE
Afghanistan from the Cold War through the War on Terror, Barnett R. Rubin
Reviewed by PAUL D. MILLER FREE
Zion’s Dilemmas: How Israel Makes National Security Policy, Charles D. Freilich
Reviewed by EFRAIM INBAR
Anthropology and Political Science: A Convergent Approach, Myron J. Aronoff and Jan Kubik
Reviewed by ROBERT A. RUBINSTEIN
Can Russia Modernise? Sistema, Power Networks and Informal Governance, Alena V. Ledeneva
Reviewed by JESSICA PISANO
The Logic and Limits of Political Reform in China, Joseph Fewsmith
Reviewed by KAY SHIMIZU
3.11: Disaster and Change in Japan, Richard J. Samuels
Reviewed by ANDREW E. BARSHAY
Learning to Forget: US Army Counterinsurgency Doctrine and Practice from Vietnam to Iraq, David Fitzgerald
Reviewed by PETER R. MANSOOR
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