How to Make America Safe: New Policies for National Security
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Edited by Stephen Van Evera (MIT, Political Science)
96 pages. Available in June 2006. Download the full text or sections, at right.
How can we make America safe? The Tobin Project posed this question to eleven leading scholars of foreign policy and national security. The responses, collected in this short volume, were presented at a Tobin Project national security research meeting in June 2006. Together, the scholars advocate a broad strategy that combats terrorism on all fronts—not only on the battlefield—and that directs our resources toward the unique threats of the post-9/11 era. Such a strategy would, at a minimum, accomplish five key objectives:
Although the eleven scholars do not agree on every issue, they do agree that the nation’s current national security strategy is deeply flawed and that a new approach is urgently needed. Their chapters contain the seeds of this new approach, which the scholars are committed to developing and refining.
PART I. Prevent Terrorists from Acquiring Nuclear Weapons
Making America Safer from Nuclear Terrorism
Preventing a Nuclear 9/11
North Korea, Iran, and the Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons: The Threat, U.S. Policy and the Prescription…and the India Deal
PART II. Arrive at an Endgame in Iraq
PART III. Spread Democracy and Win the War of Ideas
A Balanced Foreign Policy
On Every Front: A Strategy for the War on Terror*
PART IV. Finance and fight a Broader War on Terror
Budgets to Make America Safer
Fighting the War on Terrorism: A Better Approach
PART V. Manage the Rise of Great Powers
The Challenge of China
Getting China Right: Cutting through the Myths of Economic Growth
American Foreign Policy for the New Era
*Note: This paper appears on the website of the MIT Center for International Studies.