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Misunderestimating Terrorism

September 2004

Although terrorism is a top U.S. concern, the State Department's annual terrorism report was riddled with errors. If Washington wants to win the war, it needs to get its facts straight.

Effects of September 11: A Rift Between Europe and America

July 2004

Covering the intricate facets of America's most important democratic tradition, this book serves as an important resource to understand how citizens' views are translated into governmental action....

Neotrusteeship and the Problem of Weak States

April 2004

George W. Bush and his administration came into office with a self-consciously realist orientation in foreign policy.

War in Chechnya as a Paradigm of Russian State-Building Under Putin, The

March 2004

Gail Lapidus writes that the war in Chechnya has played a complex and highly negative role in Russia's political development.

Between Dictatorship and Democracy: Russian Post-Communist Political Reform

February 2004

For hundreds of years, dictators have ruled Russia. Do they still?

Power and Purpose: American Policy toward Russia after the Cold War

December 2003

Russia, once seen as America's greatest adversary, is now viewed by the United States as a potential partner.

U.S. Foreign Policy and Chechnya

December 2003

Chechnya has been and remains one of the greatest stains in Russia's efforts to move toward a more open and democratic system .

Social Change and Political Reform in China: Meeting the Challenge of Success

December 2003

This article discusses how two decades of economic reforms have intensified popular unrest and redefined the composition, interests and political attitudes of China's ever more complex social...

Coercive Diplomacy and the Response to Terrorism

June 2003

Retaliation and decaptitation of a terrorist organization's leadership is a form of coercive diplomacy; after all, both are designed to get the terrorist organization to stop its terrorist attacks....

New Threat of Terror in the Western Hemisphere, A

January 2003

In its relations with Peru, the United States has historically placed greatest emphasis on fighting the war on drugs.

Civil Wars and State-Building in Africa and Eurasia

December 2002

This book compares sub-Saharan Africa and the former Soviet Union, two regions beset by the breakdown of states suffering from extreme official corruption, organized crime extending into warlordism...

State-Building and State Breakdown in Russia

December 2001

The book chapter is a revised and updated version of "Asymmetrical Federalism and State Breakdown in Russia," which originally was published in 1999 in Post-Soviet Affairs.

Potential Sources of Financing for U.S. Ventures in Russia

December 2001

Following the end of the Cold War, the United States and its allies recognized that it was in their vital security interests to promote stable transitions in the countries of Central and Eastern...

Managing the Pentagon's International Relations

December 2000

Book abstract: This book addresses the organization and management of the national security establishment, and especially the Department of Defense, to implement the policies the nation's leaders...

Africa's Scramble for Africa: Lessons of a Continental War

July 2000

The war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which began in August 1998, is unprecedented-at times involving armies from eight African states.

Dynamics of Secession in the Russian Federation: Why Chechnya?, in Stephen Hanson and Mikhail Alexseev, A Federation Imperiled: Center-Periphery Conflict in Post-Soviet Russia, The

December 1999

Why did the Soviet Union break up, whereas the Russian Federation has so far held together in the face of ostensibly similar secession crises?

Reforming the Department of Defense: The Revolution in Business Affairs (Volume 1, Number 4)

February 1999

The Revolution in Business Affairs (RBA) is an effort to improve the overall effectiveness of the Department of Defense (DOD) by increasing the efficiency of its support operations.

Assymetrical Federalism and Russian State-Building

January 1999

Dr. Lapidus summarizes factors, both domestic and international, pushing for and against regional separatism from the Russian Federation.

How Much Ballistic Missile Defense Is Enough?

October 1998

This paper examines how well future U.S. national and theater missile defense systems will have to perform to meet reasonable defense objectives as a function of the level of the threat.

Catastrophic Terrorism: Elements of a National Policy

October 1998

This report is a product of the Catastrophic Terrorism Study Group, a nine-month long collaboration of faculty from Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford...

Content of U.S. Engagement with China (Volume 1, Number 2), The

July 1998

The Duma-Senate Logjam on Arms Control: What Can Be Done?

October 1997

There is a growing logjam of arms control treaties waiting for approval in both the Russian State Duma and the U.S. Senate.

Deterrence and Defense: Opportunities for a Future European Defense Policy

March 1997

The renewed American debate over ballistic missile defenses (BMD) echoes loudly in NATO, in Europe, and in France.

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