Nuclear Proliferation: Risk and Responsibility (Report to the Trilateral Commission)

Proflieration, Threats

Nuclear Proliferation: Risk and Responsibility (Report to the Trilateral Commission)

There is no greater challenge to global peace today than the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the increasing likelihood that terrorists may acquire nuclear material. The papers presented in this report from the Trilateral Commission’s 2006 annual meeting in Tokyo offer a comprehensive and insightful overview of this urgent challenge.

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State of Denial: Bush at War, Part III

Policies, Security

State of Denial: Bush at War, Part III

“Insurgents and terrorists retain the resources and capabilities to sustain and even increase current level of violence through the next year.” This was the secret Pentagon assessment sent to the White House in May 2006. The forecast of a more violent 2007 in Iraq contradicted the repeated optimistic statements of President Bush, including one, two days earlier, when he said we were at a ”turning point” that history would mark as the time “the forces of terror began their long retreat.”

State of Denial examines how the Bush administration avoided telling the truth about Iraq to the public, to Congress, and often to themselves. Two days after the May report, the Pentagon told Congress, in a report required by law, that the “appeal and motivation for continued violent action will begin to wane in early 2007.” In this detailed inside story of a war-torn White House, Bob Woodward reveals how White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, with the indirect support of other high officials, tried for 18 months to get Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld replaced.

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Running the World: The Inside Story of the National Security Council and the Architects of American Power

Policies, Security

Running the World: The Inside Story of the National Security Council and the Architects of American Power

Never before in the history of mankind have so few people had so much power over so many. The people at the top of the American national security establishment, the President and his principal advisors, the core team at the helm of the National Security Council, are without question the most powerful committee in the history of the world. Yet, in many respects, they are among the least understood.

A former senior official in the Clinton Administration himself, David Rothkopf served with and knows personally many of the NSC’s key players of the past twenty-five years. In Running the World he pulls back the curtain on this shadowy world to explore its inner workings, its people, their relationships, their contributions and the occasions when they have gone wrong. He traces the group’s evolution from the final days of the Second World War to the post-Cold War realities of global terror — exploring its triumphs, its human dramas and most recently, what many consider to be its breakdown at a time when we needed it most.

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How to Prevent Genocide: A Guide for Policymakers, Scholars, and the Concerned Citizen

Genocide, Threats

How to Prevent Genocide: A Guide for Policymakers, Scholars, and the Concerned Citizen

Genocide–the deliberate destruction, usually through mass murder, of an ethnic, racial or religious group–is the ultimate crime against humanity. Drawing upon a wide variety of disciplines, this study assesses ways to prevent this crime. While most books about genocide focus on the history of a particular event, such as the Holocaust, or compare case studies to derive empirical theories, this book outlines many practical aspects of genocide prevention.

Heidenrich covers a broad spectrum of expert opinions, from Stanley Hoffmann to Henry Kissinger, as well as political opinions regarding genocide that range from Ronald Reagan to Bill Clinton.

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