Volume 129 - Number 3 - War on ISIS

Obama’s War on ISIS: But What Does This Mean?
Robert Jervis discusses President Barack Obama’s decision to go to war against ISIS. He argues that domestic politics and “perhaps common sense” argue against inaction on the part of the United States. He questions, however, the likelihood that Obama’s policy will succeed.

pp. 1-5

The War Powers Resolution and the Constitution
Jacob K. Javits, the former U.S. Senator and the principal author of the War Powers Resolution of 1973, urges Congress to uphold its Constitutional authority to partake in the decision-making process to commit U.S. troops to war. Originally written in 1984, the article remains relevant and speaks to the current political landscape pertaining to the role of the President and of Congress in the war against ISIS.

pp. 6-9

Tactical Advantages of Terror
Richard K. Betts applies offense-defense theory to explain the intense advantages that terrorist groups have in launching offensive strikes and in exploiting the defenses that a nation can put up in this era of globalization and asymmetric warfare.

pp. 19-35

Volume 130 - Number 3 - Fall 2015

Inequality as a Danger to Democracy: Reflections on Piketty’s Warning
Sanford Lakoff reflects on Thomas Piketty’s warning that the extreme inequality of wealth and income erodes the bonds of social solidarity that sustain democracy. He contends that in the United States, reforms aimed at promoting equality of opportunity, moderating inequality of reward and inheritance, and curbing the influence of great wealth on elections and legislation, are acutely needed.

pp. 425-447

Islam in the Balance: Ideational Threats in Arab Politics, Lawrence Rubin
Reviewed by CURTIS R. RYAN

pp. 543-544

Buying the Vote: A History of Campaign Finance Reform, Robert E. Mutch

pp. 552-553

Politics Is a Joke! How TV Comedians Are Remaking Political Life, S. Robert Lichter

pp. 560-562

Volume 130 - Number 2 - Summer 2015

Understanding International Partnership: The Complicated Rapprochement between the United States and Brazil
Javier Corrales studies the rapprochement between the United States and Brazil in an effort to develop a theory about international partnerships. He contends that power transitions can offer new incentives for cooperation so long as the existing power faces greater security threats in other regions of the world and the rising power meets certain tests of reliability.

pp. 213-244

The Gingrich Senators: The Roots of Partisan Warfare in Congress, Sean M. Theriault
Reviewed by GERALD C. WRIGHT

pp. 344-345

Knowing the Adversary: Leaders, Intelligence, and Assessment of Intentions in International Relations, Keren Yarhi-Milo
Reviewed by Mark L. Haas

pp. 358-359

Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings in the U.S. Senate: Reconsidering the Charade, Dion Farganis
Reviewed by Jeffrey Budziak

pp. 376-378

Volume 130 - Number 1 - Spring 2015

How Ideology Divides American Liberals and Conservatives over Israel
Peter Hays Gries examines the impact of ideology on the American public’s attitudes towards Israel. He finds that social and cultural conservatives feel much more warmly towards Israel—and coolly towards Palestinians and Muslims—than their liberal counterparts. 

pp. 51-78

Party Pursuits and the Presidential–House Electoral Connection, 1900–2008, Jeffrey M. Stonecash
Reviewed by DANIEL M. SHEA

pp. 134-136

Leaders in Conflict: Bush and Rumsfeld in Iraq, Stephen Benedict Dyson
Reviewed by Paul R. Pillar

pp. 136-137

Fighting for Peace: Veterans and Military Families in the Anti-Iraq War Movement, Lisa Leitz
Reviewed by FABIO ROJAS

pp. 161-163

Volume 129 - Number 4 - Winter 2014-15

Report X Marks the Spot: The British Government’s Deceptive Dossier on Iraq and WMD
Eric Herring and PIERS ROBINSON evaluate the British government’s claims for war against Iraq through a critical evaluation of the Iraq Dossier, which was published in September 2002. They argue that government officials, through intentional distortion and exaggeration of intelligence, pursued a campaign of deceptive organized political persuasion. 

pp. 551-583

Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution, John Paul Stevens
Reviewed by Geoffrey R. Stone

pp. 711-712

Financing Medicaid: Federalism and the Growth of America’s Health Care Safety Net, Shanna Rose
Reviewed by Frank J. Thompson

pp. 714-715

Subsidizing Democracy: How Public Funding Changes Elections and How It Can Work in the Future, Michael G. Miller
Reviewed by Brian E. Adams

pp. 733-735

Malcolm X at Oxford Union: Racial Politics in a Global Era, Saladin Ambar

pp. 736-738

The Myth of the Democratic Peacekeeper: Civil–Military Relations and the United Nations, Arturo C. Sotomayor

pp. 748-749

Making Constitutions: Presidents, Parties and Institutional Choice in Latin America, Gabriel L. Negretto
Reviewed by TOM GINSBURG

pp. 749-751

No Use: Nuclear Weapons and U.S. National Security, Thomas M. Nichols
Reviewed by TODD S. SECHSER

pp. 754-756
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