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.
To ensure the success of Myanmar's historic democratic transition, the United States should revise its outdated and counterproductive sanctions policy.
Blackwill and Campbell analyze the rise of Chinese President Xi Jinping and call for a new American grand strategy for Asia.
Williams argues that greater U.S. involvement is necessary to enhance the quality and success of peacekeeping missions.
Kurlantzick offers the sharpest analysis yet of what state capitalism’s emergence means for democratic politics around the world. More
In a cogent analysis of why the United States is losing ground as a world power, Blackwill and Harris explore the statecraft of geoeconomics. More
Takeyh and Simon reframe the legacy of U.S. involvement in the Arab world from 1945 to 1991 and shed new light on the makings of the contemporary Middle East. More
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