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Empire Without Apologies

September 27, 2005

Read Boston University professor Andrew Bacevich's brilliant review of Robert Kaplan's latest book, Imperial Grunts in The Nation.

The article is available at The Nation magazine online.

Andrew Bacevich is a member of the Coalition for a Realistic Foreign Policy. A Vietnam veteran and professor of international relations at Boston University, he is the author of The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War (Oxford).

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United Nations Reform: Beyond the Blame Game 9.26.05

September 19, 2005

Monday, September 26, 2005
12:00 PM (Lunch Included)

Featuring Christopher Preble, Director of Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute and moderated by Ted Galen Carpenter, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute

B-354 Rayburn House Office Building

On the heels of the United Nations summit, controversies and obstacles surrounding UN reform will remain. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has put forward an ambitious slate of reform issues -- including foreign aid, potential changes to the UN Security Council, humanitarian intervention and human rights, a permanent peacekeeping force, and progress on an approach to terrorism. Notwithstanding Annan's enthusiasm for reform, efforts to change the world body have proved difficult.

Accusations of obstructionism have been made against US Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, a corrupt UN bureaucracy, and a variety of other sources. As a result, the United Nations is in disarray at a time when it could potentially be a useful forum for helping to resolve a number of pressing international issues.

Why have UN reform efforts largely failed? What are America's interests in UN reform, and what should be done to advance them? Can the United Nations be a useful vehicle for advancing America's interests, or has it degenerated into a hopelessly corrupt and ineffectual talking society?

Cato events are free of charge. To register for this event, or to learn more, visit the Cato web site.

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If You Can't Lick 'em, Try Diplomacy

Anatol Lieven contemplates the lessons, post-9/11 and post-Iraq, for U.S. diplomacy.

The article, originally published by the International Herald Tribune on September 9, 2005, can be read in its entirety here.

Anatol Lieven, senior research fellow at the New America Foundation, is a member of the Coalition for a Realistic Foreign Policy. He is the author numerous books and articles, including, most recently America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism.

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Betting on a Bolder Japan

September 16, 2005

Steven Clemons and Andrew Oros explore Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's stunning victory in the recent Lower House elections.

The article, originally published in The Japan Times on September 15, 2005, can be read in its entirety at The Japan Times online.

Steven C. Clemons, a member of the Coalition for a Realistic Foreign Policy's executive committee, is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and director of the Japan Policy Research Institute. Andrew L. Oros, an assistant professor of political science at Washington College, is the author of the forthcoming book The New Politics of Antimilitarism: Explaining Japan's Evolving Security Practices.

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Conference: Beyond Bullets 9.21.05

September 15, 2005

Beyond Bullets: Economic Strategies in the Fight Against Terrorism

On September 21st the New America Foundation, in partnership with, will host a policy conference to explore economic development and trade-related initiatives that can empower individuals and strengthen vulnerable and developing societies against the infiltration of terrorist organizations and their recruitment efforts. Through an interactive dialogue with distinguished speakers and panelists, this conference will bring to the fore new thinking on international economic and development policies and their contributions to the fight against global terrorism.

8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 21 September 2005
Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.


8:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Welcoming Remarks

Steven Clemons
Director, American Strategy Program, New America Foundation
and Publisher,

9:05 a.m. Setting the Context: Where are We in America's Terrorism Story?

Seymour Hersh
Pulitzer Prize-winning Columnist for The New Yorker and
Author of Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib

Peter Bergen
Fellow, New America Foundation;
Terrorism Analyst, CNN; and
Author, Holy War Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Osama bin Laden

10:00 a.m. Getting Beyond Gatekeepers: A Discussion of Individual Empowerment Strategies and Constraints

Michael Barone
Senior Writer, U.S. News & World Report

The Hon. Harriet Babbitt
Senior Vice President, Hunt Alternatives Fund
Director, Women Waging Peace; and
Former Deputy Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development

David Hale
Former Global Chief Economist, Zurich Financial Services Group
Chairman, Hale Advisors LLC and
Chairman of the Board, China Online

11:00 a.m. Strengthening States: Strategies to Improve Governance, Undermine Corruption, Promote Growth and Foster Alliances

Johanna Mendelson Forman
Director, Peace, Security & Human Rights Policy, United Nations Foundation
Former Sr. Fellow, Assn. of the U.S. Army's Program on the Role of the Military in the 21st Century

Jay Winik
Senior Scholar of History and Public Policy
Center for International and Security Studies, University of Maryland; and
Author, April 1865: The Month that Saved America

The Hon. John Gardner
Former General Counsel, U.S. Agency for International Development;
Former Deputy Assistant to President George W. Bush; and
Former Special Assistant to President George H.W. Bush

12:15 p.m. A National Security Imperative for America: Getting the Developing Nation Problem Fixed

Richard Vague
Co-Founder, First USA Bank; Chairman, Juniper Financial; and

Hernando de Soto
President, Institute for Liberty and Democracy and
Author, The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else

1:45 p.m. Adjournment

To register, or to learn more, visit the Beyond Bullets web site, or RSVP to Steve Clemons at or call Sarah Brennan at 202-986-4901.

Please email name, affiliation, email address and phone number.

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The Curious Case of American Hegemony

September 14, 2005

Colorado College professor David Hendrickson comments on the Bush Doctrine in the Summer issue of the World Policy Journal.

The article can be read in it entirety here.

David C. Hendrickson is the Robert J. Fox Distinguished Service Professor at Colorado College and a member of the Coalition for a Realistic Foreign Policy. He is the author of several books, including The Peace Pact: The Lost World of the American Founding, and The Imperial Temptation: The New World Order and America's Purpose (with Robert W. Tucker).

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Splitting Islam

September 12, 2005

Professor James Kurth of Swarthmore College proposes a Shi'ite-Sunni strategy for surviving the War on Terror.

This article, originally published in the September 26, 2005 issue of The American Conservative magazine, is available online here.

James Kurth is Claude Smith Professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College, where he teaches American foreign policy, defense policy, and international politics. He is also the editor of Orbis: A Journal of World Affairs.

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Taming American Power

September 08, 2005

New America Senior Fellow Anatol Lieven reviews Stephen Walt's newest book, Taming American Power.

The article, originally published in the New York Times Book Review on Sunday, September 4, can be read here. (Registration may be required)

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Conference: Terrorism, Security, and America's Purpose

September 05, 2005


A National Policy Forum Marking the Fourth Anniversary of 9/11
Sponsored by
The New America Foundation

The Coalition for a Realistic Foreign Policy
was proud to have co-sponsored this event with some of the leading
experts in the country.

Read Jon Utley's report on the conference at

A web archive of the event, held on September 6 and 7, 2005 at the
Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. can be viewed online at WWW.AMERICASPURPOSE.ORG

Participants included Sen. Chuck Hagel, Sen. Joseph Biden, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Retired Gen. Wesley Clark plus many more.

For more information, visit: WWW.AMERICASPURPOSE.ORG

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