January/February 2009

January/February 2009
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Essays

Essay
Roger C. Altman

The financial crisis has called into serious question the credibility of western governments and may precipitate an eastward shift of power.

Essay
Aaditya Mattoo and Arvind Subramanian

Trade problems are an underlying cause of the financial crisis. To truly revive the world economy, a new trade consensus is necessary.

Essay
Robert M. Gates

The Pentagon has to do more than modernize its conventional forces; it must also focus on today's unconventional conflicts -- and tomorrow's.

Essay
Richard N. Haass and Martin Indyk

To be successful in the Middle East, the Obama administration will need to move beyond Iraq, find ways to deal constructively with Iran, and forge a final-status Israeli-Palestinian agreement.

Essay
Walter Russell Mead

If it hopes to bring peace to the Middle East, the Obama administration must put Palestinian politics and goals first.

Essay
Daniel Deudney and G. John Ikenberry

Autocracies such as China and Russia do not represent a sustainable alternative to liberal democracy. In fact, the pull of liberal democracy is stronger than ever.

Essay
Anne-Marie Slaughter

The United States’ unique ability to capitalize on connectivity will make the twenty-first century an American century.

Essay
Ivo H. Daalder and I. M. Destler

One of the most important figures in Obama’s administration will be his national security adviser. An examination of past advisers shows how to get the job right—or wrong.

Essay
Michael Chertoff

International law must find a way to combat modern threats, but it cannot diminish U.S. sovereignty in doing so.

Essay
J. Anthony Holmes

If it hopes to achieve its foreign policy agenda, the Obama administration will need to undo the damage to the Foreign Service wrought by the Bush administration.

Essay
Stephen R. Graubard

The next U.S. foreign affairs agenda needs to be more imaginative in considering what the United States will value tomorrow.

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Reviews & Responses

Review Essay
Harold James

The current economic crisis may have one winner: the Chinese financial model, which--together with the IMF--holds the keys to fixing the problem.

Review Essay
L. Carl Brown

To avoid some of the mistakes from past Israeli-Palestinian peace processes, the Obama administration should consult Martin Indyk’s insider account.

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