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. 

Obesity Prevention: A Responsive Communitarian Approach (Part 2)

July 02, 2010

This is the second installment of a two-part post  examining the nation's anti-obesity policies through the lens of a responsive communitarian philosophy. 

From Design to Dynamic Structuralism

July 01, 2010

Lord Hannay's inspiring and heartfelt presentation provides a stellar example of a design approach to international relations. It is noble, essential, and woefully inadequate. Most of the presentation is dedicated to outlining that which we want or need, or at least to those purposes favored by those who share Lord Hannay's values, this author included.

The 'Secret' Matrix

July 01, 2010

If fighting has to be done is it best done with remote controlled aircraft or drones? Some say unmanned planes improve the level of knowledge about targets, while others believe they are flying into serious legal turbulence and risking innocent lives.

Obesity Prevention: A Responsive Communitarian Approach (Part 1)

July 01, 2010

This is the first installment of a two-part post examining the nation's anti-obesity policies through the lens of a responsive communitarian philosophy. 

All Style, No Substance

June 01, 2010

So far, the Obama administration's public diplomacy effort has been a failure. This is surprising because President Obama himself has been highly successful in changing the way the United States defines its position in the world and redefines what it expects from others, especially the follower of Islam. 

Personal Health Records

June 01, 2010

At first blush it would seem that maintaining a personal health record (PHR) has many merits. Almost everyone would want to have health information about themselves readily available in a digital format and completely under their control. They could then make it accessible to anyone else they choose; for example, emergency health personnel or a new specialist physician. Yet only a very small minority of Americans have a PHR, which should not to be confused with electronic health records (EHRs) maintained and controlled by doctors and hospitals.