United States

    • Commentary

    Speaking Up

    • Research

    The Declining Ballistic Missile Threat

    When the end of the Cold War largely eliminated the likelihood of a global thermonuclear war, policymakers turned their attention to the very real danger that weapons of mass destruction could be used in smaller, but still horrifically deadly numbers. Ballistic missiles garnered the most of the attention, though they are only one-and perhaps the most difficult-method of delivery of these weapons.

    • Commentary

    The American Mongols

    The latest invasion of Iraq will unleash a new cycle of hatred—unless the United States can find ways to bolster the credibility of moderate Islamic thinkers.

    • Commentary

    Nation-building Work Has Just Begun

    • Research

    Talks With North Korea

    • Jon Wolfsthal
    • April 16, 2003

    The announcement that the United States, North Korea and China will hold talks next week in Beijing over North Korea's nuclear program is a welcome development and an apparent victory for the Bush administration's decision to oppose direct, one-on-one talks with Pyongyang.

    • Commentary

    Lessons from the Past: The American Record on Nation-Building

    The record of past U.S. experience in democratic nation building is daunting. The low rate of success is a sobering reminder that these are among the most difficult foreign policy ventures for the U.S. Unilateral nation building by the U.S. has had an even rougher time-perhaps because unilateralism has led to surrogate regimes and direct U.S. administration during the post-conflict period.

    • Event

    Explaining the Turnaround in the US-China Relationship

    Many observers believe the current relationship between Washington and Beijing is the best it has been in over a decade. Discussants examine this turnaround, its origins, its features and the challenges that lie ahead, particularly with regard to security issues.

    • Commentary

    Messy Democracy

    If faced with the choice between a genuinely representative new Iraqi government that shows itself to be resistant to Washington's policy commands and an unrepresentative but compliant one, many in Washington will be tempted by the latter. But haven't we already discovered in other Middle East countries the problems with that choice?

    • Testimony

    Global Energy Security Issues

    Increasing oil production in Iraq will not alleviate the potential problems in other important oil producing regions, including West Africa, Latin America, and new producers in the Caspian region. The United States must anticipate energy security threats from these regions and prepare for them in advance.

    • Commentary

    U.S. Risks a Wave of Extremism

    The United States must hand over power to Iraqis sooner rather than later, helping them rebuild their nation without imposing leaders or ideologies. A democratic Iraq will probably have a strong Islamic and Arab nationalist character. But efforts to dilute Iraq's Arab or Islamic identity would risk an extremist backlash.

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