The Unwarranted Attack on Social Safety Nets

July 01, 2011

Do we really have to cut social programs to save the budget? Of course not, answers this long-time observer.

Are the Leaders of Iran "Rational Actors" Or, Can Iran be Deterred?

June 30, 2011

Rarely are foreigh policy deliverations more affected by what seem like academic discussions, matters of definitions and debates that sound like scholasticism, than when one seeks to determine whether the leaders of a given nation are rational actors. 

On Communitarian and Global Sources of Legitimacy

May 16, 2011

Although the concept of legitimacy is widely invoked in social science literature, political disclosure, and common parlance, key empirical and normative questions about legitimacy are often left far from answered, especially "Legitimated by whom?" and "Legitimated by what criteria?"

Is China a Responsible Stakeholder?

May 01, 2011

“Is China a Responsible Stakeholder?” International Affairs. 87:3 (May 2011). p. 539-553.


May 01, 2011

“Communitarianism.” Encyclopedia Britannica, 2011.

Shifting Sands

April 01, 2011

“Shifting Sands.” Journal of International Security Affairs. 20 (Spring/Summer 2011). p. 87-97.

The Tea Partiers are Half Right

March 25, 2011

About the kindest labels appended to them are "rednecks," "highly volatile" and "laughable." Young research assistants at George Washington University see them as "psychopaths," "racists," "anti-Semites" and "homophobes" and hold that, in the political arena, "one cannot talk to them; one must defeat them."

Corruption Reduction

March 07, 2011

Reports suggest that local populations in some of the most contested areas in Afghanistan, including Kandahar, are most troubled by corruption that by the Taliban. 

Mission Creep and its Discontents

March 01, 2011

Middle East Quarterly. 18:2 (Spring 2011). p. 3-15.

The Coming Test of U.S. Credibility

March 01, 2011

The relative power of the United States is declining-- because other nations are increasing their power and because the U.S economic challenges and taxing overseas commitments are weakening it. 

Whose Coin?

January 01, 2011

When Americans and Iraqi army units were integrated to foster closer cooperation between the groups and to intensify Iraqis' training, a number of challenges arose with regard to the latrines they were to share. 

Somali Pirates: An Expansive Interpretation of Human Rights

December 21, 2010

Sometimes a complex issue can be captured in a few very simple words: “Prosecuting suspected pirates detained in international waters has proved difficult.” And according to Douglas Burnett, an expert in maritime law, pirates are treated with a “catch and release philosophy that’s usually reserved for trout.”

A Deeply Flawed Fuel Bank

November 04, 2010

There's a new and troubling idea afloat in the world of nuclear proliferation.

Reflections of a Sometime-Public Intellectual

October 13, 2010

This article draws on Etzioni's book My Bothers' Keeper: A Memoir and a Message 

Unshackle the Troops

August 12, 2010

Many good people who have never fought in a war find somthing appealing in America's willingness to take more casualties in order to spare innocent civilian lives.