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Air Sea Battle: A Case Study in Structural Inattention and Subterranean Forces

September 15, 2014

In response to China’s military modernization and growing anti-access/area denial capabilities, the US military has adopted an ‘‘Air Sea Battle’’ (ASB) concept entailing extensive strikes on the Chinese mainland. Critics argue that ASB creates grave escalation risks and may incite an expensive arms race. Less discussed, but also of serious concern, is that ASB was adopted with little to no civilian oversight, in a case of ‘‘structural inattention.’’ It has also been facilitated by ‘‘subterranean factors’’ including the interests of influential military contractors and the military’s own inclination toward conventional warfare.

Full article here.

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No More Land Wars?

August 29, 2014

There is a growing consensus that the United States should not engage in another major land war in Asia or Africa, a view encapsulated in the catchphrase “no more boots on the ground.” Indeed, currently the US is either refraining from taking military action, or is limiting itself to drone strikes, covert operations, “capacity building” of local forces, and advising. This consensus, we shall see, is based in part on a fundamental misunderstanding of the course of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. 
 
Full article here.

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The Communitarian Foreign Policy of Amitai Etzioni

July 11, 2014

Amitai Etzioni’s communitarian perspective offers a comprehensive approach to international affairs in addition to offering guidance for domestic policy. His argument that a focus on traditional “realist” concerns for a nation’s security and interests (“security first”), combined with a dialogue over competing moral imperatives, is more likely to lead to the emergence of an idealist end state--a sustainable international community. His emphasis on gradualism--of breaking apart complex policy goals into small, discrete steps--comes from his assessment that this is a better way of promoting lasting change in the international system. His perspective does not fit neatly into any of the dominant U.S. foreign policy approaches, but his ideas have formed part of the foreign policy debate for the last fifty years.

Full article here.

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Treating Rationality as a Continuous Variable

July 07, 2014

Behavioral Economics has demonstrated that “people” (implying all) are unable to act as strong definitions of rationality assume. Their cognitive limitations are “hard wired”. However Behavioral Economics’ own data show that important segments of the population find “the” rational answer to choices posed to them. How do these findings square with the thesis that limitations are hard wired and universal? And, more attention should be paid to the extent to which various people deviate from the rational choice, and—whether training can improve performance despite the claim that flaws are hard wired.

Interview with Dr. Simon Dawes & Professor Etzioni

July 03, 2014

Professor Amitai Etzioni recently published an article outlining his liberal communitarian approach to balancing press freedom with national security, and criticising the publication of Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations. In this short interview, Dr. Simon Dawes asks him to outline his concept of communitarianism, his communitarian approach to values such as press freedom, privacy and national security, as well as his criticisms of the Snowden affair.

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Liberal Communitarian Approach to Privacy and Security

June 09, 2014

This article asks which normative framework should be applied in determining whether privacy is unduly diminished in the American quest for enhanced protection against terrorist attacks; which specific criteria should be employed in determining whether the balance has tilted too far toward enhancing security or protecting privacy; and which measures can be taken to reduce the inevitable conflict between security and privacy. It also seeks to show that enhanced transparency is inferior to enhanced accountability, although there is some room for adding more of both kinds of scrutiny.

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Final Frontier vs. Fruitful Frontier: The Case for Increasing Ocean Exploration

May 28, 2014

Possible solutions to the world’s energy, food, environmental, and other problems are far more likely to be found in nearby oceans than in distant space.

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Thank You

May 22, 2014

One of the joys of working at the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies is that we have a small community of research assistants, staff, and interns who participate actively in the formula

Limits of Privacy

May 15, 2014

“Limits of Privacy.” Contemporary Debates in Applied Ethics Blackwell (2005) pp. 253-262.

After Consumerism

May 14, 2014

De roep om meer regulering klinkt hol zolang de mensen zichzelf niet in bedwang kunnen houden. 

Der moralsche Dialog-Ein kommunitaristischer Blick auf die Demokratie

May 09, 2014

“Der moralsche Dialog-Ein kommunitaristischer Blick auf die Demokratie,”Demokratie am Wendepunkt, Werner Weidenfeld, (ed.), (Siedler Verlag: Bertelsmann Stiftung)(1996), 218-229.

Pour une Science Sociale Deontologique

May 02, 2014

“Pour une Science Sociale Deontologique,” La revue de MAUSS (Mouvement Anti-Utilitariste dans les Sciences Sociales), La Socio-Economie Une Nouvelle Discipline? (Third Trimester, 1990), pp.

When Rights Collide

May 02, 2014

“When Rights Collide,” in Rise Axelrod and Charles Cooper, (Eds.) Reading Critically, Writing Well, (Second ed.), New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1989.

Compliance, Goals, and Effectiveness

May 02, 2014

“Compliance, Goals, and Effectiveness,” in Jay M. Shafritz and J. Steven Ott, (Eds.) Classics of Organization Theory, (2nd ed.), Chicago: The Dorsey Press, (1987), pp. 177-187.

Toward a New Paradigm

May 02, 2014

“Toward a New Paradigm,” in Paul J. Albanese (Ed.), Psychological Foundations of Economic Behavior, Praeger: New York, 1988, pp. 165-172.