Welcome to Public Policy Roundtable. This class will meet on Thursdays at 9:30 am at Tallwood. Here is a list of readings for the term. The readings are either attached as a document or as an URL which can be “clicked” on and will take you to a website with the document.

Sept. 23: What Is the National Purpose?

Josef Joffe, “The Default Power,” Foreign Affairs (Sept.–Oct. 2009); (subscription required)

Harvey Sapolsky, et al., “Restraining Order,” World Affairs (Fall 2009);

President Barack Obama, West Point Commencement Address, May 22, 2010;

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, “Helping Others Defend Themselves,” Foreign Affairs (May–June 2010) (subscription required)

Sept. 30: U.S. Power: Up or Down?

James Kurth, “Pillars of the Next American Century,” The American Interest (Nov.–Dec. 2009);

“Foreign Policy in an Age of Austerity: A Conversation with Brent Scowcroft,” The American Interest (Jan.–Feb. 2010);

David Ignatius, “How Debt Imperils National Security,” The Washington Post, May 23, 2010.

Oct. 7: The “Old World:” Loafers and Muslims?

Jacob Heilbrunn, “Teuton the Introvert,” The National Interest (Mar.–April 2010);

Gilles Kepel, “French Lessons in Londonistan,” ibid.;

Geoffrey Wheatcroft, “Eating Vichyssoise in Athens,” The National Interest (May–June 2010);

Michael Gerson, “Europe’s Veiled Rage,” The Washington Post, May 26, 2010

Oct. 14: The EU and NATO in Geriatrics?

Christopher Patten, “The Federalists Go to Brussels,” The National Interest (Nov.–Dec. 2009);

Christopher Patten, “What Is Europe to Do?” The New York Review of Books (Mar. 11, 2010);  (subscription required)

David Ignatius, “Greece’s Debt Crisis Strains European Unity,” The Washington Post, May 2, 2010;

Anne Applebaum, “Time for Greece to Play by the E.U.’s Rules, The Washington Post, May 11, 2010;

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, “NATO Strategic Concept Seminar,” National Defense University, Feb. 23, 2010;

Andrew Bacevich, “Let Europe Be Europe: Why the United States Must Withdraw from NATO,” Foreign Policy (March–April, 2010).

Oct. 21: Russia: Handling a Wounded Bear

Dmitri Trenin, “Russia Reborn,” Foreign Affairs (Nov.–Dec. 2009); (subscription required)

Dmitri Simes and Paul Saunders, “The Kremlin Begs to Differ,” The National Interest (Nov.–Dec. 2009);

Anders Aslund, “The End Seems Near for the Putin Model,” The Washington Post, Feb. 26, 2010;

 John Coffey, review of Janusz Bugajski, Dismantling the West: Russia’s Atlantic Agenda, American Diplomacy (April 26, 2010).

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Oct. 28: The Iranian Bomb: What Next?

 James Lindsay and Ray Takeyh, “After Iran Gets the Bomb,” Foreign Affairs (Mar.–April 2010); (subscription required)

 David Kay, “In the Tunnels of Natanz,” The National Interest (Mar.–April 2010).

Nov. 4: A Nuclear-Free World?

President Barack Obama, speech on a nuclear-free world, Prague, Apr. 5, 2009;

George Schultz, et al., “World Free of Nuclear Weapons,” The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 4, 2007;

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Fred Ikle, “Nuclear Abolition: A Reverie,” The National Interest (Sept.–Oct. 2009);

Keir Lieber and Daryl Press, “The Nukes We Need,” Foreign Affairs (Nov.–Dec. 2009). (subscription required)

Nov. 11: The Future of War: Cyberspace

Richard Clarke, “War From Cyberspace,” The National Interest (Nov.–Dec. 2009);

Jack Goldsmith, “The New Vulnerability,” review of Richard Clarke, Cyber War, The New Republic (June 24, 2010);

James Fallows, “Cyber Warriors,” The Atlantic Monthly (March 2010);

Mike McConnell, “How to Win the Cyber-War We’re Losing,” The Washington Post, Feb. 28, 2010.