By Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs; Faculty Chair, International Security Program
"The greatest value of 'Taming American Power,' ... is that it places its readers in the minds of the leaders and citizens of other states, including the country's rivals...."
—ANATOL LIEVEN, New York Times Sunday Book Review
For more than a century, energy and its procurement have been central to the U.S. position as a world power.
April 7, 2005
By Ersel Aydinli, Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 2004-2005
Since the end of the Cold War, Turkey has moved from the periphery to occupy the very center of Eurasian security. It is a critical participant in NATO and aspires to become a member of the European Union. The pivotal role that Turkey plays in Southeastern Europe, the Middle East, and the Caucasus has profound implications for the international arena and spawns vital debates over the directions of Turkish foreign policy.
By Robert Rotberg, Director, Program on Intrastate Conflict and Conflict Resolution, Jens Meierhenrich, Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 2004-2005 and David Carment, Former Research Fellow, Intrastate Conflict Program/International Security Program, 2000-2001
Since 1990, more than 10 million people have been killed in the civil wars of failed states, and hundreds of millions more have been deprived of fundamental rights.
Track-II talks in the Middle East -- unofficial discussions among Israeli and Arab scholars, journalists, and former government and military officials -- have been going on since soon after the 1967 Six Day War and have often paved the way for official negotiations. This book, a unique collaboration of Israeli and Palestinian authors, traces the history of these unofficial meetings, focusing on those that took place in the 1990s beginning just after the Gulf War.
August 29, 2003
By Jessica Stern, Former Lecturer in Public Policy; Former Faculty Affiliate, International Security Program
By Robert Rotberg, Director, Program on Intrastate Conflict and Conflict Resolution, Nasrin Dadmehr, Former Research Fellow, Intrastate Conflict Program/International Security Program, 2000-2001 and Erin Jenne, Former Research Fellow, International Security Program and Intrastate Conflict Program, 2000-2002
The threat of terror has given the problem of failed states an unprecedented immediacy and importance. In the past, failure had a primarily humanitarian dimension, with fewer implications for peace and security. Now nation-states that fail, or may do so, pose dangers to themselves, to their neighbors, and to people around the globe. The contributors to this volume develop an innovative theory of state failure that classifies and categorizes states along a continuum from weak to failed to collapsed.