DNA Tests and Databases in Criminal Justice: Individual Rights and the Common Good

December 06, 2012

This chapter examines several issues raised by the extensive use of DNA tests and databases in advancing public safety. The examination draws on a communitarian perspective that balances the common good with individual rights rather than presuming that rights routinely trump the common good.

Domestic Sources of Global Adhocracy

December 01, 2012

“Domestic Sources of Global Adhocracy,” Social Change Review, December, 2012.

The Limits of Knowledge: Personal and Public

September 01, 2012

“The Limits of Knowledge: Personal and Public,” Issues in Science and Technology 29.1 (Fall, 2012), pp 49-56.

The United States’ Premature Pivot to ‘Asia’

September 01, 2012

“The United States’ Premature Pivot to ‘Asia’,” Society 49.5 (Sept. 2012), pp. 395-399. 美国重返东亚:一个过早的决策 [Chinese Translation]

The End of Rationality?

September 01, 2012

“The End of Rationality?” Contemporary Sociology 41.5 (September 2012), pp. 594-597.

Let us consider these points in a little more detail. Recent research in the social sciences highlights the extraordinary diversity of modes of identity-constitution in the global age.

Learning the Lessons of Afghanistan

August 30, 2012

“Learning the Lessons of Afghanistan,” The National Interest, August 30, 2012.

Little America should be required reading for all military personnel sent overseas, replacing the fake Three Cups of Tea, which was warmly embraced by naive generals who bet on nation building under the guise of the COIN (counterinsurgency) strategy. The book is a detailed report of our failed policies in Afghanistan by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, a leading Washington Post reporter. It uses an early episode in U.S.-Afghan relations as a revealing and emblematic tale of why the United States suffers from a severe case of what I previously called Multiple Realism Deficiency Disorder

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Bending History: Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy

August 21, 2012

In their book Bending History, authors Martin Indyk, Kenneth Liberthal, and Michael O'Hanlon offer a summary of Obama's foreign policy successes and setbacks during his first 3 years as president.

Rationing by Any Other Name

July 02, 2012

“Rationing by Any Other Name,” Policy Review 173 (June & July 2012) p. 19-28.

The Folly of Nation Building

July 01, 2012

There is a growing consensus that the United States can't afford another war, or even a major armed humanitarian intervention. But in reality, the cost of war itself is not the critical issue. It is the nation building following many wars that drives up the costs.

Rights and Responsibilities: the Intergenerational Covenant

June 02, 2012

“Rights and Responsibilities: the Intergenerational Covenant.” Journal of Comparative Social Welfare 28.2 (June 2012) p. 113-117.

A Liberal Communitarian Conception of Privacy

May 01, 2012

“A Liberal Communitarian Conception of Privacy,” The John Marshall Journal of Computer & Information Law 29.3 (Spring/Summer 2012) p. 419-462.

Obama's New Old Defense Strategy

March 14, 2012

When President Obama unveiled his military budget earlier this year, it was clear that he was essentially putting a new defense strategy on the table. 

The Privacy Merchants: What Is To Be Done?

March 02, 2012

“The Privacy Merchants: What Is To Be Done?” University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law 14.4 (March 2012) p. 929-951.

Privacy and the Private Realm

March 02, 2012

“Privacy and the Private Realm.” Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research 25.1 (March 2012) p. 57-66

One Size Fits All?

February 28, 2012

As Syria descends into civil war, the international community again finds itself debating intervention: an idea that is at odds with the Westphalian norm of sovereignty. While the United States and Europe have shown themselves willing to intervene with force to prevent humanitarian crises and nuclear proliferation, China has largely opposed such measures. Can China be convinced to support the West’s proposed changes to the world order, or will it cling to the traditional Westphalian norm?