Pakistan and Afghanistan: Beyond the Taliban
Juan Cole analyzes political and economic developments in contemporary Pakistan and Afghanistan. He argues that Western preoccupation with “crisis” and “radicalism” in Pakistan has caused observers to miss the success of an expanding white-collar middle class in demanding a rule of law and a return to civilian rule after nearly a decade of military dictatorship. He questions the idea that there is a purely military, and especially Western military, solution to the problem of Talibanism in northwest Pakistan and southern Afghanistan, analyzing the insurgency as several distinct groups driven in part by religious nationalism and anti-imperialism.
What the New Deal Did
David M. Kennedy revisits the New Deal’s relevance to our own time. He concludes that the stubborn persistence of the Great Depression through the decade of the 1930s opened the political space for the New Deal’s greatest accomplishments, all of which were aimed at reducing risk in key sectors of the economy and imparting a measure of security to American life for generations thereafter.
Freedom Fighters and Zealots: Al Qaeda in Historical Perspective
Christopher J. Fettweis argues that too many post-September 11 analyses of terrorism seem to regard the phenomenon as brand new. Terrorism has existed throughout history, and its groups come in two forms: nationalist and ideological. This simple binary typology illuminates a number of important characteristics of terrorism, from group strategy and tactics to overall life expectancy. Perhaps most important, counter-terrorism measures that prove effective against groups in one category will often fail against those in the other.
War Has Almost Ceased to Exist: An Assessment
John Mueller suggests that we may be reaching a point at which war, as conventionally defined, ceases or nearly ceases to exist in both its international and civil varieties. He assesses the phenomenon and speculates about what this development, should it definitively materialize, might suggest about the various explanations and theories scholars and analysts have preferred to explain the problem of war.
Presidential Travel from Eisenhower to George W. Bush: An “Electoral College” Strategy
Emily Jane Charnock, James A. McCann, and Kathryn Dunn Tenpas examine patterns of presidential travel since the Eisenhower years, focusing on the factors that prompt visits to particular states during the first term. The authors argue that electoral considerations are becoming increasingly relevant as presidents decide where and when to travel.
Presidential Leadership in Political Time: Reprise and Reappraisal, Stephen Skowronek Reviewed by Richard Holtzman
Power and Military Effectiveness: The Fallacy of Democratic Triumphalism, Michael C. Desch Reviewed by Alexander B. Downes
The American Voter Revisited, Michael S. Lewis-Beck, William G. Jacoby, Helmut Norpoth and Herbert F. Weisberg Reviewed by Barry C. Burden
The Three Faces of Chinese Power: Might, Money, and Minds, David M. Lampton Reviewed by Robert Ross
Presidents Creating the Presidency: Deeds Done in Words, Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Karlyn Kohrs Campbell Reviewed by Andrew Rudalevige
Attack Politics: Negativity in Presidential Campaigns Since 1960, Lee Sigelman and Emmett H. Buell, Jr. Reviewed by Darrell M. West
Citizens and Paupers: Relief, Rights, and Race, from the Freedmen's Bureau to Workfare, Chad Alan Goldberg Reviewed by Greg M. Shaw
Does Peace Keeping Work? Shaping Belligerents' Choices after Civil War, Virginia Page Fortna ;
UN Peacekeeping in Civil Wars, Lise Morjé Howard Reviewed by Richard Gowan
Ending Wars, Feargal Cochrane Reviewed by Alex Weisiger
First Strike: Preemptive War in Modern History, Matthew J. Flynn Reviewed by Whitley Kaufman
From Freedom Fighters to Terrorists: Women and Political Violence, Paige Whaley Eager Reviewed by Mia Bloom
After the Taliban: Nation-Building in Afghanistan, Amb. James F. Dobbins Reviewed by Christopher J. Fettweis
America's New Working Class: Race, Gender, and Ethnicity in a Biopolitical Age, Kathleen R. Arnold Reviewed by Margaret Gray
Do Voters Look to the Future? Economics and Elections, Brad Lockerbie Reviewed by Robert S. Erikson
Four Hats in the Ring: The 1912 Election and the Birth of Modern American Politics, Lewis L. Gould Reviewed by Daniel Klinghard
Illegal, Alien, or Immigrant: The Politics of Immigration Reform, Lina Newton Reviewed by Kristen Hill Maher
Organizing Urban America: Secular and Faith-based Progressive Movements, Heidi J. Swarts Reviewed by Elisabeth S. Clemens
Redistricting and Representation: Why Competitive Elections are Bad for America, Thomas L. Brunell Reviewed by David T. Canon
Righting Feminism: Conservative Women and American Politics, Ronnee Schreiber Reviewed by Joyce Gelb
The Constitution of Electoral Speech Law: The Supreme Court and Freedom of Expression in Campaigns and Elections, Brian Pinaire Reviewed by Allison R. Hayward
The Power of Money in Congressional Campaigns 1880-2006, David C.W. Parker Reviewed by Robin Kolodny
The Republican Party and Immigration Politics: From Proposition 187 to George W. Bush, Andrew Wroe Reviewed by John J. Pitney, Jr.
Spin Cycle: How Research Is Used in Policy Debates, The Case of Charter Schools, Jeffrey R. Henig Reviewed by John A. Hird
The Age of Impeachment: American Constitutional Culture Since 1960, David E. Kyvig Reviewed by Timothy M. Cole
Governing Finance: East Asia's Adoption of International Standards, Andrew Walter Reviewed by Tim Büthe
Judicial Reform as Political Insurance: Argentina, Peru, and Mexico in the 1990s, Jodi S. Finkel Reviewed by Verónica Michel
Social Foundations of Limited Dictatorship: Networks and Private Protection During Mexico's Early Industrialization, Armando Razo Reviewed by Roderic Ai Camp
Kenya's Quest for Democracy: Taming Leviathan, Makau Mutua Reviewed by Stephen Orvis
Kinship and Diasporas in International Affairs, Yossi Shain Reviewed by Idean Salehyan
The Dynamics of Interstate Boundaries, George Gavrilis Reviewed by Peter Andreas
The Steps to War: An Empirical Study, John A. Vasquez and Paul D. Senese Reviewed by Branislav L. Slantchev
Toward the National Security State: Civil-Military Relations during World War II, Brian Waddell Reviewed by Mark A. Stoler