The Pragmatic Fanaticism of al Qaeda: An Anatomy of Extremism in Middle Eastern Politics
Michael Doran analyzes Osama bin Laden as a rational actor, arguing that his
extremist religious beliefs did not dictate his short-term political behavior, which is
actually based on the principle of realpolitik. Al Qaeda's defeat in Afghanistan resulted
not because its strategic thinking was clouded by religious dogmas, but rather
because the balance of power in the Middle East is inherently difficult to read.
CIA's Strategic Intelligence in Iraq
Richard L. Russell examines the strengths and weaknesses of American intelligence during the Gulf War in gauging Iraqi political intentions and military capabilities. He finds that overall strategic intelligence served policy makers well, but that some shortcomings, particularly in human intelligence collection, need to be corrected if the United States is to successfully deal with Iraq in the post-September 11 world. The role of the CIA was diminished after the war, even though he finds that the CIA’s estimates were more accurate than those of the Defense establishment.
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.
Human Rights and Domestic Violence
Darren Hawkins and Melissa Humes explain why western hemisphere states rapidly adopted policies to combat domestic violence in the 1990s. They develop a twostage model in which domestic politics drives early adopters and international socialization prods followers to action. Leader states possess autonomous women’s groups and domestic windows of opportunity, follower states are relatively weak or unstable, and nonconformist states are wealthy and stable but lack autonomous women’s groups or domestic political opportunities.
The Increasing Senate Scrutiny of Lower Federal Court Nominees
Roger E. Hartley and Lisa M. Holmes find that although the current delay
in processing judicial appointments is the longest in recent history, this kind of delay
and scrutiny of lower federal nominees is not a new political phenomenon. The authors
argue that institutional changes have led the Senate to invigorate its role of “Advice
and Consent” and have increased the political scrutiny of lower court nominations.
Jewish Kinship at a Crossroads: Lessons for Homelands and Diasporas
Yossi Shain examines the growing involvement of Jewish-Americans in what he calls
the Israeli Kulturkampf and underscores how Israel is reaching out to diasporic voices
in an unprecedented manner. He also evaluates how the interplay between Jewish security
and Jewish identity affects the sense of kinship solidarity.
Defending America: The Case for Limited National Missile Defense, James M. Lindsay and Michael E. O'Hanlon Reviewed by Richard L. Garwin
Hit to Kill: The New Battle over Shielding America from Missile Attack, Bradley Graham Reviewed by James J. Wirtz
The Phantom Defense: America's Pursuit of the Star Wars Illusion, Melvin A. Goodman, Craig Eisendrath and Gerald E. Marsh Reviewed by Julian Schofield
Rockets' Red Glare: Missile Defenses and the Future of World Politics, James J. Wirtz and Jeffrey A. Larsen, eds. Reviewed by Jon Western
Putting "Defense" Back into U. S. Defense Policy: Rethinking U. S. Security in the Post-Cold War World, Ivan Eland Reviewed by James Russell
Digital Diplomacy: U. S. Foreign Policy in the Information Age, Wilson Dizard, Jr. Reviewed by Beth Simone Noveck
Strategic Warfare in Cyberspace, Gregory J. Rattray Reviewed by John Arquilla
The Tragedy of Great Power Politics, John J. Mearsheimer Reviewed by Robert J. Lieber
The Hidden Hand: Britain, America and Cold War Secret Intelligence, Richard J. Aldrich Reviewed by Raymond L. Garthoff
A Special Relationship: Anglo-American Relations in the Cold War and after, John Dumbrell Reviewed by Warren F. Kimball
The Politics of British Arms Sales since 1964, Mark Phythian Reviewed by Robert Harkavy
The Making of Chinese Foreign and Security Policy in the Era of Reform, David M. Lampton, ed. Reviewed by Dennis Van Vranken Hickey
Mao's China and the Cold War, Chen Jian Reviewed by Daniel S. Markey
The Politics of Institutional Choice: The Formation of the Russian State Duma, Steven S. Smith and Thomas F. Remington Reviewed by Juliet Johnson
Russian Politics: Challenges of Democratization, Robert G. Moser and Zoltan Barany, eds. Reviewed by Valerie Sperling
Russia and Its New Diasporas, Igor Zevelev Reviewed by Mikhail A. Alexseev
U. S. Foreign Policy and the Iran Hostage Crisis, David Patrick Houghton Reviewed by Barbara Farnham
Gendering World Politics: Issues and Approaches in the Post-Cold War Era, J. Ann Tickner Reviewed by Meredith Reid Sarkees
War's Offense on Women: The Humanitarian Challenge in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan, Julie A. Mertus Reviewed by Elisabeth Jay Friedman
Arms and Ethnic Conflict, John S. Sislin and Frederic S. Pearson Reviewed by Chaim Kaufmann
Africa Policy in the Clinton Years: Critical Choices for the Bush Administration, J. Stephen Morrison and Jennifer G. Cooke, eds. Reviewed by John F. Clark
Catholic Roots and Democratic Flowers: Political Systems in Spain and Portugal, Howard J. Wiadra and Margaret MacLeish Mott Reviewed by Andrew Greeley
Politicians Don't Pander: Political Manipulation and the Loss of Democratic Responsiveness, Robert Y. Shapiro and Lawrence R. Jacobs Reviewed by David R. Mayhew
Frontiers of Legal Theory, Richard A. Posner Reviewed by Rogers M. Smith
Electing Jesse Ventura: A Third-Party Success Story, Jacob Lentz Reviewed by Frank J. Sorauf
Who Speaks for the Poor?, R. Allen Hays Reviewed by Ralph Da Costa Nunez
Campaign Dynamics: The Race for Governor, Thomas M. Carsey Reviewed by David P. Redlawsk
Disjointed Pluralism: Institutional Innovation and the Development of the U. S. Congress, Eric Schickler Reviewed by Garry Young
Congress Confronts the Court: The Struggle for Legitimacy and Authority in Lawmaking, John F. Stack, Jr. and Colton C. Campbell, eds. Reviewed by Mark A. Graber
The Velvet Coup: The Constitution, the Supreme Court, and the Decline of American Democracy, Daniel Lazare Reviewed by Richard L. Pacelle, Jr.