Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Spring 2006 issue of The National Interest

The National Interest No. 86 Spring 2006

The Realist: Geopolitical Jihad by Ximena Ortiz
In the Muslim world, the political has an “Islamic” identity, “Islamists”
promote the political, and geopolitics and Islamism converge in rage.

Comments and Responses: China and Asia

Pang Zhongying, Sherman Katz, Devin Stewart and Jorgen Ostrom Moller.

Iran: Threatened Regimes

A Modest Proposal by Brent Scowcroft
It’s about the fuel cycle, not the regime.

A Profile in Defiance by Ray Takeyh
Ahmadinejad came of age in the aftermath of the Iran-Iraq War. He sees
little benevolence in the West’s interventions and conflict as inevitable.

The Osirak Fallacy by Richard K. Betts
If the strike on Osirak failed to turn back the clock on Saddam’s
nuclear program, why would one work for Iran?

Contemplating the Ifs by W. Patrick Lang & Larry C. Johnson
There’s no Hollywood solution to dealing with Iran—just a bunch of bad

A Fragile Consensus by Bruno Tertrais
Unlike the Iraq War, the Iranian nuclear crisis will not convulse
transatlantic relations—for the time being.

Democracy, Realistically by John M. Owen IV
Advancing U.S. interests and global democracy promotion are complimentary

A Difficult Country by Anatol Lieven
There are no textbook solutions for the problems of a country like
Pakistan—but a creative approach can go a long way.

Al-Qaeda’s Media Strategies by Marc Lynch
Jihad is as virtual as it is real.

Strategic Myopia by Leon Fuerth
Policymakers must network responses and see beyond categories to react to
potentially dire threats.

In Brief: Thoughts on National Security

Graham Allison, Ian Bremmer, Harlan Ullman and Derek Chollet.

The Threat of Global Poverty by Susan E. Rice
Poverty aids the spread of transnational threats, from terrorism to

Less than Dolce Vita by Mark Gilbert
Italy’s upcoming election and political theater could have real implications
for American
and Europe.

Conflict Conundrums by Tim Potier
For the United States, mediating territorial crises must involve
geopolitical juggling.

The Culture Club by Lawrence E. Harrison
Not all cultures are equally conducive to progress.

Leveraging Islam by Amitai Etzioni
Islam should be harnessed, not neutralized, to create a moral and stable

Clinging to Faith by Paul Hollander
From the wreckage of communism’s legacy, the ideology rises again.

The Struggle for Democracy by Irving Louis Horowitz
The promotion of democracy is the centerpiece of Bush’s foreign policy, but
the president has yet to define democracy.

Strategic Horizons by J. Peter Pham
Despite predictions to the contrary, America’s superpower status remains

China’s Power Paradox by Warren I. Cohen
China has striven to moderate at least the appearance of its global

Patriot Games by Zeyno Baran
The Tom Clancys of Turkey have a clear and present bias.

The Middle East Waiting Game by Claude Salhani
Many in the Islamic world experience their own internal clash of

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