Current US strategy in the "war on terrorism" is a kind of zombie. It has been killed, slowly and painfully, by the Iraqi Sunni Arab insurgency of recent months. Its rotting corpse still walks around as if alive but as time goes by more and more bits are going to fall off. The question for uncommitted European governments is whether they should join this spectacle.
The terrorist bombings in Istanbul over the past week make it all the more easy to imagine this scenario the United States. And since terrorists often want to send messages during elections, it is worth asking: how would Americans, and how should Americans, respond if terrorists strike during the presidential campaign.
Khalid Al-Dakhil discusses U.S.-Saudi relations after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Charles E. Bennett was a war hero, a man of deep religious belief, a southern conservative Democrat, and a member of the House of Representatives for 44 years. He believed in a strong military, large defense budgets, a powerful Navy and integrity in government.
Professor Jerome A. Cohen assessed recent U.S.-China criminal justice disputes in the historical context. Dr. Murray Scot Tanner focused on contemporary criminal justice and anti-torture regulations in China. Dr. Michael D. Swaine moderated the discussion.
Prospects for cooperation between the United States and Russia remain high. The U.S. Senate/Russian Council of Federations working group is an important step in realizing certain goals of cooperation.
Major oil producers in West Africa and Latin America can make an important contribution to US energy security, since they are not affected by the intractable problems of the Middle East. They have problems of their own, however, and to mitigate them, the U.S. should encourage transparency and democratic processes in the distribution of oil revenue.