Dennis F. Thompson explores a neglected dilemma of governmental secrecy. Governments cannot be held accountable for policies and practices they keep secret, but some policies and practices cannot be fully public without undermining their efficacy. Among the instances he considers are Clinton's Task Force on Health Care Reform, covert drug operations, gays in the military, physician-assisted suicide, and the misuse of the National Security Council.
A New Imperial Presidency? Insights from U.S. Involvement in Bosnia
William C. Banks and Jeffrey D. Straussman points out that contrary to the Framers' plan, the president as commander in chief has acquired the equivalent of his own spending power for military interventions. The presidential overreaching is illustrated through an analysis of United States involvement in Bosnia.
The Stinger Missile and U.S. Intervention in Afghanistan
Alan J. Kuperman challenges the traditional assessment of the U.S. decision to supply Stinger antiaircraft missiles to the Afghan Mujahedin resistance during the Soviet occupation of the 1980s. He exposes the bureaucratic politics behind this decision, rejects as myth the popular notion that the Stingers forced Soviet withdrawal, and examines how the CIA's faulty implementation contributed to long-term threats to U.S. national security.
The United States and South Korean Democratization
James Fowler draws on interviews with State Department officials and recently declassified documents to analyze the role of the United States in South Korea's democratization, concluding that U.S. public pressure on the Korean government played a critical role in determining the timing of the transition.
A Snapshot of Family Homelessness Across America
Ralph Nunez and Cybelle Fox provide the most current snapshot of family homelessness in America. Looking at ten diverse cities this study examines the demographics and housing, education, and income histories of homeless families within the context of changing social policies.
Warren Christopher's "In the Stream of History": A Review Essay
Charles Hill reviews Warren Christopher's book, "In the Stream of History", on his years as secretary of State. Hill finds Christopher's solid record of service to the country marred by his involvement with President Clinton's avoidance of key foreign policy challenges and evasion of responsibility for failures in the former Yugoslavia, Somalia, and Rwanda.
In the Stream of History: Shaping Foreign Policy for a New Era, Warren Christopher Reviewed by Charles Hill
The Collapse of the Soviet Military, William E. Odom Reviewed by Kimberly Marten Zisk
All the Laws But One: Civil Liberties in Wartime, William H. Rehnquist Reviewed by Henry J. Abraham
Changing Patterns of Voting in the Northern United States: Electoral Realignment, 1952-1996, Robert W. Speel Reviewed by Everett Ladd
Passages to the Presidency: From Campaigning to Governing, Charles O. Jones Reviewed by Richard M. Pious
Secrecy: The American Experience, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Reviewed by Raymond L. Garthoff
The Kurdish Question and Turkish-Iranian Relations from World War I to 1998, Robert Olson Reviewed by Michael M. Gunter
Anatomy of a Failed Embargo: U.S. Sanctions against Cuba, Donna Rich Kaplowitz Reviewed by Jorge I. Dominguez
The Politics of Unfunded Mandates: Whither Federalism?, Paul L. Posner Reviewed by John Kincaid
Making Race and Nation: A Comparison of the United States, South Africa, and Brazil, Anthony W. Marx Reviewed by Gretchen Bauer
Consent, Dissent, and Patriotism, Margaret Levi Reviewed by Deborah L. Norden
China's Security: The New Roles of the Military, Byong-Moo Hwang and Mel Gurtov Reviewed by June Teufel Dreyer
Inside Terrorism, Bruce Hoffman Reviewed by Louise Richardson
World Power Forsaken: Political Culture, International Institutions, and German Security Policy after Unification, John S. Duffield Reviewed by Peter A. Johnson
From Pirates to Drug Lords: The Post-Cold War Caribbean Security Environment, Jorge I. Domínguez, Michael C. Desch and Andres Serbin Reviewed by Peter Andreas
Keeping the People's Liberties: Legislators, Citizens, and Judges as Guardians of Rights, John J. Dinan Reviewed by Christopher H. Pyle
Change and Continuity in the 1996 Elections, David W. Rohde, Paul R. Abramson and John H. Aldrich Reviewed by R. Michael Alvarez
Between Two Nations: The Political Predicament of Latinos in New York City, Michael Jones-Correa Reviewed by Louis DeSipio
Privatizing Social Security, Martin Feldstein, ed. Reviewed by Lawrence H. Thompson
Dollars and Votes: How Business Campaign Contributions Subvert Democracy, Dan Clawson, Alan Neustadtl and Mark Weller Reviewed by Doug Schuler
Never at War: Why Democracies Will Not Fight One Another, Spencer R. Weart Reviewed by John M. Owen IV
Activists Beyond Borders: Advocacy Networks in International Politics, Margaret E. Keck and Kathryn Sikkink ;
Domestic Society and International Cooperation: The Impact of Protest on US Arms Control Policy, Jeffrey Knopf Reviewed by David Skidmore
To Strike at a King: The Turning Point in the McCarthy Witch-Hunts, Michael Ranville Reviewed by John J. Smee
Electronic Whistle-Stops: The Impact of the Internet on American Politics, Gary W. Selnow Reviewed by Carl H. A. Dassbach
Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed, James C. Scott Reviewed by R. Bin Wong
The Liberal Moment: Modernity, Security, and the Making of Postwar International Order, Robert Latham Reviewed by Stephen Gill
Interest Groups in American Campaigns: The New Face of Electioneering, Mark J. Rozell and Clyde Wilcox Reviewed by Lawrence S. Rothenberg
The Managed Care Blues and How to Cure Them, Walter A. Zelman and Robert A. Berenson Reviewed by Sherry Glied
Fantasies of Salvation: Democracy, Nationalism, and Myth in Post-Communist Europe, Vladimir Tismaneanu Reviewed by Peter Juviler
Warlord Politics and African States, William Reno Reviewed by I. William Zartman
Multi-Party Politics in Kenya, David Throup and Charles Hornsby Reviewed by Stephen Orvis
Israel and the Bomb, Avner Cohen Reviewed by Leon V. Sigal
Democratization in China and Taiwan: The Adaptability of Leninist Parties, Bruce J. Dickson Reviewed by Steven J. Hood
The Psychology of Political Communication, Ann N. Crigler, ed. Reviewed by Scott L. Althaus
Women, the State, and Political Liberalization: Middle Eastern and North African Experiences, Laurie A. Brand Reviewed by Elizabeth Thompson
Sovereignty over Natural Resources: Balancing Rights and Duties, Nico Schrijver Reviewed by Christian Hunold
The War for America's Natural Resources, William R. Nester Reviewed by Matthew Holden.
Transnationalism from Below, Michael P. Smith and Luis E. Guarnizo Reviewed by Eric Hershberg