When Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was told on the morning of Sept. 11 that a second plane had hit the World Trade Center, he paused, then continued his morning intelligence briefing, according to the 9/11 Commission.
The current US domestic policy has lead to a divergence between the forms of capitalism of western Europe and the United States, with the latter more reminiscent of the past rightwing nationalist movements in Europe.
Despite widespread hopes, democrats in Hong Kong were unable to secure a majority of legislative seats in the September 12 elections. Why were democrats unsuccessful? What are the implications of the elections on democratization in Hong Kong and on cross-Strait relations? And what role should the U.S. should play with regard to Hong Kong?
Democracy promotion has moved to the top of the American foreign policy agenda, becoming directly connected to core U.S. security concerns in ways not seen since the Cold War. Discussants asses the role of democracy promotion in the Bush administration’s foreign policy and take stock of its record over the past four years.
The Russian Atomic Energy Agency announced on September 1 that additional troops had been dispatched to guard nuclear facilities throughout Russia.The troop move is a sign that Russia recognizes that the threat to its nuclear facilities. US programs to assist Russian nuclear security also need to recognize that the threat has changed and move to accelerate and expand ongoing efforts.
Demand for practical knowledge and lessons about how the United States and other countries can more effectively promote democracy around the world has never been higher. This timely book by Thomas Carothers, one of the foremost authorities worldwide on democracy-building, helps meet that need.
Vice presidential nominee John Edwards affirmed that the highest national security priority of a Kerry-Edwards administration will be to prevent nuclear terrorism.
In this controversial critique of America's role in the world, Lieven contends that U.S. foreign policy since 9/11 has been shaped by the special character of our national identity, which embraces two contradictory features, the American Creed and Jacksonian nationalism.
The following is adapted from the remarks of Dr. Hans Blix, chairman of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission, to the 2004 Carnegie International Non-Proliferation Conference, June 21 and 22, 2004.