Interviewee: Gideon Rose, Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs
Interviewer: Michael Moran, Executive Editor, CFR.org
February 6, 2008
They then turn to “The Democratic Rollback,” an article in which Hoover Institution Fellow Larry Diamond explains why the advance of democratization has stalled in recent years, in countries from Russia and Venezuela to Nigeria and Kenya to Thailand and the Philippines .
Finally, they discuss a review essay on intelligence reform by former CIA official Paul Pillar, who savages a recent National Book Award winner and explains why many critics of the intelligence community have greatly exaggerated views about what intelligence agencies can do and propose solutions at odds with the real problems that exist.
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Special operations play a critical role in how the United States confronts irregular threats, but to have long-term strategic impact, the author argues, numerous shortfalls must be addressed.
The author analyzes the potentially serious consequences, both at home and abroad, of a lightly overseen drone program and makes recommendations for improving its governance.