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Volume 132 - Number 4 - Winter 2017–18
The Case of the Pivot to Asia: System Effects and the Origins of Strategy
NICHOLAS D. ANDERSON and Victor D. Cha discuss the origins of the pivot to Asia, the Obama administration’s strategy in the Asia-Pacific. They argue that the pivot was neither a failure, as its critics suggest, nor a success, as its supporters claim. For the authors the pivot was a midcourse adjustment to a weak and flawed early Obama Asia policy.
Disruption, Demonization, Deliverance, and Norm Destruction: The Rhetorical Signature of Donald J. Trump
Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Doron Taussig examine Donald Trump’s rhetoric during the presidential campaign and through his first 100 days in office. They argue that Trump’s “rhetorical signature,” which distinguishes him from his predecessors, certified Trump’s authenticity as a candidate of change and now complicate his ability to govern.
The U.S. Nuclear Umbrella over South Korea: Nuclear Weapons and Extended Deterrence
TERENCE ROEHRIG argues that military, strategic, and moral considerations make it unlikely that the United States would use nuclear weapons to defend South Korea. He claims that the U.S. nuclear umbrella has served as a political tool used to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to South Korea.
Why the Great Powers Permitted the Creation of an American Hegemon
CHAD E. NELSON examines why great powers did not try to prevent the rise of the United States in the nineteenth century.
Down with the Southern Cross: Opinions on the Confederate Battle Flag in South Carolina
SCOTT H. HUFFMON, H. GIBBS KNOTTS, and SETH C. MCKEE analyze the significant shift in public opinion among South Carolinians toward the Confederate battle flag, after the shooting in a Charleston, South Carolina, church in the summer of 2015. They argue that the shooting served as the catalyst that galvanized public opinion to support the removal of the flag flying on a Confederate memorial.
The Enduring Appeal and Danger of World Order Making by the U.S.: A Review Essay
Ronald R. Krebs reviews Richard Haass’ new book, A World in Disarray, which makes the case for U.S. leadership in constructing a new legitimate world order. He argues that Haass’ vision is driven by nostalgia for a world that never existed and that it warrants caution: world-shaping ambitions have proven extremely costly.
China's Future, David Shambaugh
Reviewed by Robert Sutter FREE
Nuclear Weapons and Coercive Diplomacy, Todd S. Sechser and Matthew Fuhrmann
Reviewed by Mark S. Bell
The Statebuilder's Dilemma: On the Limits of Foreign Intervention, David A. Lake
Reviewed by James J. Wirtz
American Surveillance: Intelligence, Privacy, and the Fourth Amendment, Anthony Gregory
Reviewed by Bruce E. Altschuler FREE
Dictators and Democrats: Masses, Elites, and Regime Change, Robert R. Kaufman and Stephan Haggard
Reviewed by Jack Snyder
China in the Era of Xi Jinping: Domestic and Foreign Policy Challenges, Robert S. Ross and Jo Inge Bekkevold
Reviewed by Andrew Scobell
Taiwan's China Dilemma: Contested Identities and Multiple Interests in Taiwan's Cross-Strait Economic Policy, Syaru Shirley Lin
Reviewed by Yong Deng
Taxing the Rich: A History of Fiscal Fairness in the United States and Europe, Kenneth Scheve and David Stasavage
Reviewed by Christopher Faricy FREE
White World Order, Black Power Politics: The Birth of American International Relations, Robert Vitalis
Reviewed by Brian Schmidt
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