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Volume 127 - Number 1 - Spring 2012

Accomplished and Embattled: Understanding Obama's Presidency
Theda Skocpol and Lawrence R. Jacobs assess the policy accomplishments and shortfalls of President Barack Obama since 2009. They highlight the obstacles with which Obama and his political allies have had to contend and challenge commentators who claim that Obama has accomplished little. They explain why conservative and Republican opposition to Obamaʼs presidency has been fierce and unremitting.

pp. 1-24
 

Regime Change in the Middle East: Problems and Prospects
Daniel Byman discusses the diplomatic and security implications of the Arab Spring. He finds that new alignments have begun in the Arab world and that the regionʼs stability is being shaken. He argues that these changes affect an array of declared U.S. interests.

pp. 25-46
 

Nuclear Disarmament: Should America Lead?
Regina Karp looks at the relationship between nuclear disarmament and world order. She argues that the new security environment compels a reassessment of how national security and international security governance are balanced. She concludes that sustainable arms control and disarmament initiatives involve a debate about who makes the rules and the benefits that come to those who live by them.

pp. 47-71
 

Stability, Transition, and Regime Approval in Post-Fidel Cuba
Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado and Gregory A. Petrow examine Gallup World Poll data from Cuba to evaluate both the level of Cuban regime approval, as well as its causes. They conclude that Cubans are satisfied overall with their leaders, and that part of this satisfaction stems from equating the regime with the state.

pp. 73-103
 

Republican Elites and Foreign Policy Attitudes
Joshua W. Busby and Jonathan Monten analyze opinion polls, focusing on the degree of congruence between Republican elites and the general public on foreign policy. They find Republican elites to be consistently more internationalist than the public on most dimensions.

pp. 105-142

U.S. Presidents and Foreign Policy Mistakes, Stephen G. Walker and Akan Malici ; Reducing Uncertainty: Intelligence Analysis and National Security, Thomas Fingar
Reviewed by Robert Jervis

pp. 143-146

Worse than a Monolith: Alliance Politics and Problems of Coercive Diplomacy in Asia, Thomas J. Christensen
Reviewed by David Kang

pp. 146-147

China in 2020: A New Type of Superpower, Hu Angang
Reviewed by Andrew Scobell

pp. 147-148

Americanism in the Twenty-First Century: Public Opinion in the Age of Immigration, Deborah J. Schildkraut
Reviewed by Robert Y. Shapiro

pp. 149-150
 

Falling Behind: Explaining the Development Gap Between Latin American and the United States, Francis Fukuyama
Reviewed by Thomas J. Trebat

pp. 150-152
 

The Threat on the Horizon: An Inside Account of America's Search for Security after the Cold War, Loch K. Johnson
Reviewed by Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones

pp. 152-153
 

The Crisis of Russian Democracy: The Dual State, Factionalism, and the Medvedev Succession, Richard Sakwa
Reviewed by Mikhail Alexseev

pp. 153-154
 

New Immigrant Communities: Finding a Place in Local Politics, Kristi Andersen
Reviewed by Rodolfo O. de la Garza

pp. 155-156
 

Feeling Betrayed: The Roots of Muslim Anger at America, STEVEN KULL
Reviewed by Mark Tessler

pp. 156-158
 

Justices and Journalists: The U.S. Supreme Court and the Media, Richard Davis
Reviewed by Peter K. Enns

pp. 158-159
 

Vote Thieves: Illegal Immigration, Redistricting, and Presidential Elections, Orlando J. Rodriguez
Reviewed by Thomas J. Vicino

pp. 159-161
 

Designing a Polity: America's Constitution in Theory and Practice, James W. Ceaser
Reviewed by George Thomas

pp. 161-162
 

From Bible Belt to Sunbelt: Plain-Folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism, Darren Dochuk
Reviewed by Lyman A. Kellstedt

pp. 162-163
 

Five Miles Away, A World Apart: One City, Two Schools, and the Story of Educational Opportunity in Modern America, James E. Ryan
Reviewed by David J. Fleming

pp. 163-165
 

Asian American Political Action: Suburban Transformations, James S. Lai
Reviewed by Wendy K. Tam Cho

pp. 165-166
 

The Homeland Is the Arena: Religion, Transnationalism and the Integration of Senegalese Immigrants in America, Ousmane Oumar Kane
Reviewed by Mojúbàolú Olúfúnké Okome

pp. 166-168
 

Making Volunteers: Civic Life after Welfare's End, Nina Eliasoph
Reviewed by Jennifer L. Glanville

pp. 168-169
 

Homelessness, Housing, and Mental Illness, Russell K. Schutt
Reviewed by Brendan O'Flaherty

pp. 169-171
 

Weapons of the Wealthy: Predatory Regimes and Elite-Led Protests in Central Asia, Scott Radnitz
Reviewed by Alexander Cooley

pp. 171-172
 

Activists in Office: Kurdish Politics and Protest in Turkey, Nicole F. Watts
Reviewed by Michael A. Reynolds

pp. 172-174
 

Political Consequences of Crony Capitalism Inside Russia, Gulnaz Sharafutdinova
Reviewed by Andrew Barnes

pp. 174-175
 

Museveniʼs Uganda: Paradoxes of Power in a Hybrid Regime, Aili Mari Tripp
Reviewed by Jeffrey Conroy-Krutz

pp. 175-176
 

Popular Democracy in Japan: How Gender and Community Are Changing Modern Electoral Politics, Sherry Martin
Reviewed by Mary Alice Haddad

pp. 177-178
 

Oil Is Not a Curse: Ownership Structure And Institutions in Soviet Successor States, Pauline Jones Luong and Erika Weinthal
Reviewed by Oksan Bayulgen

pp. 178-179
 

Framing the Race in South Africa: The Political Origins of Racial-Census Elections, Karen E. Ferree
Reviewed by Denise M. Walsh

pp. 180-181
 

Russia's Cold War: From the October Revolution to the Fall of the Wall, Jonathan Haslam
Reviewed by Kathryn Weathersby

pp. 181-182
 

Europe United: Power Politics and the Making of the European Community, Sebastian Rosato
Reviewed by Gaspare M. Genna

pp. 182-183
 

Dragon in the Tropics: Hugo Chavez and the Political Economy of Revolution in Venezuela, Javier Corrales and Michael Penfold
Reviewed by Kirk Hawkins

pp. 184-185
 

Democracy Within Parties: Candidate Selection Methods and their Political Consequences, Reuven Y. Hazan and Gideon Rahat
Reviewed by Herbert Kitschelt

pp. 185-187
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