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Volume 129 - Number 2 - Summer 2014

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.


 

Volume 128 - Number 4 - Winter 2013-14

Did Bush Democratize the Middle East? The Effects of External–Internal Linkages
Bruce Gilley examines how the so-called Freedom Agenda of President George W. Bush affected politics in the Middle East. He concludes that this agenda generally exerted positive effects on democratic change in the region, although often working in unintended ways and usually interacting with domestic factors. 


 

Volume 128 - Number 4 - Winter 2013-14

Conceptualizing Containment: The Iranian Threat and the Future of Gulf Security
ZACHARY K. GOLDMAN and MIRA RAPP-HOOPER discuss American security interests in the Persian Gulf region and the prospects for effective cooperation among Gulf states to contain Iran. They find that it is unlikely that the United States will be able to establish a containment regime that relies upon the Gulf Cooperation Council and that informal, bilateral ties to states in the region are a preferable policy recourse. 


 

Volume 128 - Number 3 - Fall 2013

After War: Inside the U.S. Civilian Struggle to Build Peace
RENANAH MILES examines recent stabilization and reconstruction missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. She analyzes persistent shortfalls in the ability of the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development to conduct these missions. She contends that organizational culture and bureaucratic turf wars undermine civilian leadership and encourage the military to compensate in its absence. 


 

Volume 128 - Number 3 - Fall 2013

What Really Happened in Planning for Postwar Iraq?
STEPHEN BENEDICT DYSON challenges the argument that the U.S. government failed to conduct planning for the post-Saddam Iraq. He shows that a plan for governing the country jointly with Iraqi leaders was developed and endorsed by the George W. Bush administration. Yet this plan was not implemented as a result of the on-the-ground decisions of Ambassador L. Paul Bremer, who formalized an occupation and began an extended period of direct rule. 


 

Volume 128 - Number 3 - Fall 2013

Globalization as a Security Strategy: Power and Vulnerability in the “China Model”
Andrew J. Nathan AND Andrew Scobell analyze the gains and losses to Chinese security from the country’s embrace of globalization in the post-Mao period. They argue that while China has grown richer and more influential, it has also been penetrated by global forces that it does not control and enmeshed in complex relationships of interdependence. 


 

Volume 128 - Number 2 - Summer 2013

Engaging the Enemy and the Lessons for the Obama Administration
STEVEN E. LOBELL argues that the Obama administration can learn from previous British and American policies of engagement. He looks at four cases that suggest trade concessions and commercial inducements, rather than punishment or firm balancing, may be more appropriate policy to moderate the behavior of states threatening U.S. interests. 


 

Volume 128 - Number 1 - Spring 2013

The Point Four Program and U.S. International Development Policy
STEPHEN MACEKURA explores the intellectual roots and policy precedents of President Harry Truman’s Point Four program. He argues that many of the ideas and policies encapsulated in Point Four helped to shape the extensive foreign aid, economic development, and modernization policies of the Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy administrations. 


 

Volume 127 - Number 4 - Winter 2012-2013

Suspension of Law during Crisis
ROSS J. CORBETT analyzes the claim that the response to some emergencies requires a departure from the law. He notes that this claim rests on a particular view of what the law is and is best understood as an argument that emergencies ought to be handled extra-legally. He argues that interrogating this extra-legalist claim reveals another strategy for controlling executive discretion while permitting enough flexibility to preserve the public good. 


Volume 127 - Number 4 - Winter 2012-2013

The Paradox of Islam’s Future
RAYMOND W. BAKER argues that although violent extremism flows from radical Islamic movements, the Islamic mainstream has effectively adapted to the globalized world and will shape the future of Islam in ways open to principled accommodation with the West. He claims that mainstream assertiveness, unencumbered by Western interference, provides the most effective way to counter destructive radicalism. 


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