Politics & Policy

Katrina’s Call

Hurricane Katrina exposed the country’s weaknesses in disaster preparation and disaster relief. Americans affected by the storm and those watching it on TV expected a quick, competent response to rescue ...
Politics & Policy

Democracy Spreads

As Iraqis go to the polls this weekend it is important to think about this event in historic context. While coverage will undoubtedly focus on election-day anomalies, we must also ...
Politics & Policy

Loose Nukes

Though 9/11 illustrated the horrific violence of terrorism, the absence of a follow-on attack in the United States has prompted a number of policymakers and politicians to beat the drum ...
Politics & Policy

Anticipating Surprises

Last month, five of the nation’s intelligence and national-security agencies testified before the Senate: The CIA, FBI, DHS, DIA (defense intelligence), and INR (the State Department’s intelligence and research bureau) ...
Politics & Policy

Go-Go Iraq

President George W. Bush continues to insist that ending tyranny in the world is in the national interest–a notable goal. Democracy is superior to other forms of governance and ...
Politics & Policy

Hour of The Lawyer

The German sociologist Claus Offe sees democratic transformation unfolding over three hours–the hour of the lawyer, the hour of the economist, and the hour of the citizen. Though each hour ...
Politics & Policy

Tuned to Fear

Former national coordinator for counterterrorism Richard Clarke continues to promote his version of a coming doomsday in this month’s Atlantic. Writing a fiction set in 2011, Clarke strings together every ...