The Paradox of Islam’s Future
RAYMOND W. BAKER argues that although violent extremism flows from radical Islamic movements, the Islamic mainstream has effectively adapted to the globalized world and will shape the future of Islam in ways open to principled accommodation with the West. He claims that mainstream assertiveness, unencumbered by Western interference, provides the most effective way to counter destructive radicalism.
Geographic Distribution of the Federal Stimulus of 2009
JAMES G. GIMPEL, FRANCES E. LEE, and REBECCA U. THORPE investigate why the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 did not always focus additional resources on areas where the recession’s downturn was most severe. They examine whether funds were allocated according to pork barrel politics or instead via “policy windows” through which advocates steered a diverse group of programs long desired for reasons unrelated to the recession. They find some support for both theories, but policy window effects were more important than pork barrel politics in accounting for distributional outcomes.
Zionism, the Jewish State, and an Israeli–Palestinian Settlement: An Opinion Piece
Jerome Slater critically examines the case for the continuation of Zionism and for Israel to remain a Jewish state. He argues that while much of the Zionist argument is unconvincing, “liberal Zionism” is still defensible. Consequently, he claims, that first the Palestinians should conditionally recognize Israel as a Jewish state as part of an overall Israeli–Palestinian peace settlement, and second the Israelis should agree to the creation of an independent and viable Palestinian state in the occupied territories, so that the Palestinian Israelis who choose to remain in Israel are treated as fully equal citizens as the Jews.
Suspension of Law during Crisis
ROSS J. CORBETT analyzes the claim that the response to some emergencies requires a departure from the law. He notes that this claim rests on a particular view of what the law is and is best understood as an argument that emergencies ought to be handled extra-legally. He argues that interrogating this extra-legalist claim reveals another strategy for controlling executive discretion while permitting enough flexibility to preserve the public good.
Economic Crime and Punishment in North Korea
STEPHAN HAGGARD and Marcus Noland describe North Korea’s prison system. The system includes not only the infamous penal camps for political prisoners but detention facilities that permit short-run incarceration for economic crimes. They find that those with greater involvement in the market are more likely to face incarceration in such facilities and that the criminalization of economic activity allows the state to extract bribes.
Open Source Intelligence in a Networked World, Anthony Olcott Reviewed by Robert Jervis
American Force: Dangers, Delusions, and Dilemmas in National Security, Richard K. Betts Reviewed by Michael O’Hanlon
Democratic Deficit: Critical Citizens Revisited, Pippa Norris Reviewed by QUINTON MAYNE
Fighting for Our Health: The Epic Battle to Make Health Care a Right in the United States, Richard Kirsch Reviewed by CARL F. AMERINGER
Eclipse: Living in the Shadow of China’s Economic Dominance, Arvind Subramanian Reviewed by SCOTT W. HAROLD
Power and Willpower in the American Future: Why the United States Is Not Destined to Decline, Robert J. Lieber Reviewed by MICHAEL BECKLEY
Vladimir Putin and Russian Statecraft, Allen C. Lynch Reviewed by Dale R. Herspring
The Politics of Prisoner Abuse: The United States and Enemy Prisoners after 9/11, David P. Forsythe Reviewed by ROBERT PALLITTO
Trust in International Cooperation: International Security Institutions, Domestic Politics and American Multilateralism, Brian Rathbun Reviewed by Andrew Kydd
Gender, Nationalism, and War: Conflict on the Movie Screen, Matthew Evangelista Reviewed by Mia Bloom
The Southern Political Tradition, Michael Perman ;
Georgia Democrats, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Shaping of the New South, Tim S.R. Boyd Reviewed by James M. Glaser
Disciplining the Poor: Neoliberal Paternalism and the Persistent Power of Race, Joe Soss, Richard C. Fording and Sanford Schram Reviewed by SCOTT W. ALLARD
Power and Constraint: The Accountable Presidency After 9/11, Jack Goldsmith Reviewed by Erwin C. Hargrove
Competitive Elections and the American Voter, Keena Lipsitz Reviewed by David C. Kimball
Cruel and Unusual: The American Death Penalty and the Founders’ Eighth Amendment, John D. Bessler Reviewed by JOHN H. BLUME
Daisy Petals and Mushroom Clouds: LBJ, Barry Goldwater, and the Ad That Changed American Politics, Robert Mann Reviewed by ANNE JOHNSTON
Competitive Interests: Competition and Compromise in American Interest Group Politics, Thomas T. Holyoke Reviewed by TIMOTHY M. LA PIRA
Paradise Plundered: Fiscal Crisis and Governance Failures in San Diego, Steven P. Erie, Vladimir Kogan and Scott A. Mackenzie Reviewed by JULIET ANN MUSSO
Trust in Black America: Race, Discrimination, and Politics, Shayla C. Nunnally Reviewed by Michael Javen Fortner
Sprawl, Justice, and Citizenship: The Civic Costs of the American Way of Life, Thad Williamson Reviewed by Juliet F. Gainsborough
The Al Qaeda Factor: Plots Against the West, Mitchell D. Silber Reviewed by CHRISTOPHER FETTWEIS
The Craft of Political Analysis for Diplomats, Raymond Smith Reviewed by MAI’A K. DAVIS CROSS
The Faiths of the Postwar Presidents: From Truman to Obama, David L. Holmes Reviewed by DAVID O'
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Activists, Alliances, and Anti-U.S. Base Protests, Andrew Yeo Reviewed by William C. Martel
American Military Intervention in Unconventional War: From the Philippines to Iraq, Wayne Bert Reviewed by Ryan C. Hendrickson
Bangladesh: Politics, Economy and Civil Society, David Lewis Reviewed by Philip Oldenburg
Moscow, December 25, 1991: The Last Day of the Soviet Union, Conor O’Clery Reviewed by J. PAUL GOODE
The Institutional Imperative: The Politics of Equitable Development in Southeast Asia, Erik Kuhonta Reviewed by THOMAS B. PEPINSKY
The Rise of Global Powers: International Politics in the Era of the World Wars, Anthony D’Agostino Reviewed by PAUL MUSGRAVE
Why Peace Fails: The Causes and Prevention of Civil War Recurrence, Charles T. Call Reviewed by ANDREW G. REITER
American Journalism and International Relations: Foreign Correspondence from the Early Republic to the Digital Era, Giovanna Dell’Orto Reviewed by HOLLI A. SEMETKO