Volume 123 - Number 1 - Spring 2008
Ideological Change and Israel’s Disengagement from Gaza
JONATHAN RYNHOLD and DOV WAXMAN posit that ideological change within the right-wing Likud party generated support for the partition of Israel that was a vital prerequisite to the Sharon government’s adoption of the Gaza disengagement plan in 2005. Although international and domestic pressures were important in determining certain elements of the withdrawal, they did not dictate the policy of disengagement.
Volume 122 - Number 2 - Summer 2007
Iran’s Nuclear Challenge
COLIN DUECK and RAY TAKEYH describe the political, ideological and security motivations behind Iran’s nuclear program and examine various strategic alternatives available to the United States. They conclude that the United States should pursue comprehensive, direct negotiations with Tehran on the nuclear issue, within an overarching framework of containment.
Volume 120 - Number 3 - Fall 2005
Complications of American Democracy: Elections Are Not Enough
Demetrios James Caraley discusses the major features critical to the working of our democratic institutions: free elections, separation of powers with checks and balances, and government limited by constitutional guarantees. He looks at some evidence that suggests our democracy may be shifting to an “elective despotism” of the majority—something that Jefferson declared “was not the government we fought for.”
Volume 119 - Number 2 - Summer 2004
The Debate over North Korea
VICTOR D. CHA AND DAVID C. KANG debate the strengths and weaknesses of an engagement policy to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons program. From different perspectives, the two authors analyze common misconceptions about North Korean intentions and strategies as well as debate the merits of a harder-line approach taken by the United States toward the reclusive regime. Whether one views Pyongyang’s intentions with greater skepticism (Cha) or greater flexibility (Kang), the authors argue that some form of engagement, not military preemption, is advisable.
Volume 117 - Number 2 - Summer 2002
North Korea's Weapons of Mass Destruction: Badges, Shields, or Swords?
Victor D. Cha examines the question about relative merits of engaging or containing North Korea that has resurfaced after President Bush's "axis of evil" statements. The author argues that this policy question cannot be answered without an understanding of the strategic doctrine behind North Korea's alleged nuclear weapons capabilities.
Volume 117 - Number 1 - Spring 2002
The Soft Underbelly of American Primacy: Tactical Advantages of Terror
RICHARD BETTS argues that the September 11 attacks were a response to American primacy and then 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.
Volume 116 - Number 4 - Winter 2001-02
Ending Welfare As We Know It: A Reform Still in Progress
Demetrios James Caraley summarizes the political and social dynamics that brought about the repeal of Aid to Families of Dependent Children (AFDC) and analyzes the effects of the new Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program over its first four years. He considers possibilities for further changes in cash assistance for poor families during the program’s necessary reauthorization in 2002.
Volume 116 - Number 1 - Spring 2001
Why Americans Deserve a Constitutional Right to Vote for Presidential Electors
Demetrios James Caraley argues that the Constitution needs to be amended to give Americans the constitutional right they believed they had but the Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore denied--the right to vote for and select the president.
Volume 115 - Number 2 - Summer 2000
Opinion: The Shutdowns and the Constitution
Alfred Hill contends that the shutdowns of the federal government a few years ago represented an unconstitutional usurpation of power by the legislative branch. He observes that appropriation lapses have been common in American history, but drew little public attention because, to the extent that shutdowns actually resulted, they were apparently of short duration and seemingly without the broad coercive intent that was obvious, and indeed proclaimed, in the most recent shutdowns.
Volume 115 - Number 2 - Summer 2000
Economic Insecurity, Prejudicial Stereotypes, and Public Opinion on Immigration Policy
Peter Burns and James G. Gimpel examine mass attitudes toward immigration policy in the United States, asking whether widespread restrictionist sentiment is stirred more by economic insecurity, by negative ethnic stereotypes, or by some combination of the two. For some, prejudice is rooted in economic insecurity, but prejudice also has roots that are quite independent of economic fears. Anti-immigrant sentiment will not disappear simply because economic conditions improve.