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Volume 130 - Number 3 - Fall 2015


Is the American Century Over?
Joseph S. Nye, Jr., discusses whether the “American century” beginning in 1941 has come to the end. He argues that transnational and non-state forces are changing America’s pre-eminence, but that we are not entering a post-American world.

Is the Pentagon Papers Case Relevant in the Age of WikiLeaks?
Bruce E. Altschuler revisits the Pentagon Papers case to determine its relevance in the internet age. He argues that the emergence of independent leakers with access to the internet has shifted greater responsibility on the mainstream media to practice self-restraint and to decide what to publish. The emergence of independent leakers has also accelerated prosecutions by the Obama administration.

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.

Saint or Sinner? Human Rights and U.S. Support for the Arms Trade Treaty
JENNIFER L. ERICKSON analyses the U.S. decision to support the UN Arms Trade Treaty initiative in October 2009. She argues that this support was part of a broader policy shift toward multilateralism that the Obama administration made in an effort to repair the reputation of the United States within the diplomatic community.

Japan’s Nuclear Hedge: Beyond “Allergy” and Breakout
Richard J. Samuels and JAMES L. SCHOFF examine the origins and current state of Japan’s policy toward nuclear weapons. They argue that Japan’s nuclear hedging strategy is likely to continue in the near future, but maybe not indefi nitely. Japan’s choices to go nuclear will be determined by its ability to manage potential threats and on the strength of the U.S. commitment to extended deterrence.

From Periphery to the Moderates: Israeli Identity and Foreign Policy in the Middle East
YANIV VOLLER argues that historical experiences, religion, nationalism, and liberalism have molded an Israeli identity and self-perception. He claims that foreign policy doctrines adopted by Israeli policymakers have been shaped less by specific threats and more by Israel’s sense of isolation and location on the periphery of the Middle East.

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Book Reviews

Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time, Ira Katznelson
Reviewed by James A. Morone

American Power after the Financial Crisis, Jonathan Kirshner
Reviewed by Benjamin J. Cohen

The Classical Liberal Constitution: The Uncertain Quest for Limited Government, Richard A. Epstein
Reviewed by JAMAL GREENE

When Does Gender Matter? Women Candidates and Gender Stereotypes in American Elections, Kathleen Dolan

Islam in the Balance: Ideational Threats in Arab Politics, Lawrence Rubin

Understanding Clarence Thomas: The Jurisprudence of Constitutional Restoration, RALPH A. ROSSUM

Strategic Reassurance and Resolve: U.S.–China Relations in the Twenty-First Century, Michael E. O’Hanlon and James Steinberg
Reviewed by Andrew Scobell

Resilient America: Electing Nixon in 1968, Channeling Dissent, and Dividing Government, Michael Nelson

Drone Warfare, Sarah Kreps and John Kaag

American Conspiracy Theories, Joseph E. Uscinski and Joseph M. Parent
Reviewed by Brigitte L. Nacos

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

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