Counterterrorism expert Bruce Hoffman discusses the White House's new National Strategy for Combatting Terrorism, which he says is imperfect, but a substantial improvement on its predecessor.
This document describes the "nature of the terrorist threat today" and defines the U.S. Government's goals and strategies for acting against terrorism. Building on the February 2003 version and the National Security Strategy of March 2006, the 2006 report updates the Bush administration's strategy against the war on terror.
For this year’s John B. Hurford Memorial Lecture, Josef Joffe talks about the United States’ position as the world’s single superpower and analyzed its recent foreign policy strategy.
Paul J. Saunders and Morton H. Halperin debate the wisdom of the U.S. policy of promoting democracy.
Listen to General Anthony Zinni explain how the United States can effectively use its power to improve security, democracy, and human rights in the world.
Watch General Anthony Zinni explain how the United States can effectively use its power to improve security, democracy, and human rights in the world.
General Anthony Zinni argues that despite the United States’ matchless power, it is failing to achieve the goals that matter most: enhancing democracy and security, giving people opportunities to improve their lives, and increasing respect for human rights. He explains what has gone wrong and how the United States can effectively use its power to secure peace in the world.
Professor Thomas C. Schelling, 2005 Nobel Laureate in Economics, discusses his contributions as a social scientist and nuclear strategist during the first decade of the nuclear age and how his theories for security policy and deterrence pertain today.
The 2002 National Security Strategy from the George W. Bush Administration revealed a shift in the U.S. Government's former strategy of deterrence to a pre-emptive strategy toward terrorism and rogue states. Issues include terrorism, regional conflicts, weapons of mass destruction, free trade, the building of partnerships, and plans for national security institutions. The 2006 National Security Strategy declared its intent to "seek and support democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world."
Professor Michael Mandelbaum discusses his book, The Case for Goliath, in which he explains how the United States uses its enormous power to provide the world with the services of a government. The U.S. plays this role with the tacit consent of many of its critics, he says.
Wayne White, who was the State Department’s top intelligence analyst on Iraq from 2003-2005, says he is “very gloomy” about the situation in Iraq, and advocates that the United States set a “date certain” two years from now for a U.S. troop withdrawal.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
Koblentz argues that the United States should work with other nuclear-armed states to manage threats to nuclear stability in the near term and establish processes for multilateral arms control efforts over the longer term.
The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
Maximalist finds lessons in the past that anticipate and clarify our chaotic present, revealing the history of U.S. foreign policy in an unexpected new light. More
This clear and authoritative book presents a sweeping account of China's global resource quest and the unrivaled expansion of its economy. More
The story of the tragic and often tormented relationship between the United States and Pakistan, and a call to prepare for the worst, aim for the best, and avoid past mistakes. More
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