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Volume 131 - Number 3 - Fall 2016


Intelligence and the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars
Richard H. Immerman assesses the efforts of the U.S. intelligence community in Iraq and Afghanistan following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. He argues that policymakers are primarily culpable for the missteps in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and that intelligence played a larger role in efforts to terminate the wars than in decisions to engage in them.

Decision Making in Using Assassinations in International Relations
Warner R. Schilling and JONATHAN L. SCHILLING analyze how leaders weigh the costs and benefits of using assassination to advance their foreign policy interests. They conclude that the decision-making process is prone to bias, especially when dependent on the identity of the likely successor.

Democracy, Elite Bias, and Redistribution in Latin America
VICTOR MENALDO discusses the effects of democracy on redistribution in Latin America. He challenges the view that democratization has been a credible commitment to redistribution in the region. He argues that redistribution is unlikely if authoritarian elites can manipulate the rules of the democratic game.

The Impact of Voter Fraud Claims on Voter Registration Reform Legislation
MARGARET GROARKE examines the impact that claims of voter fraud has had on three cases of voter registration reforms in the United States. She argues that the opposition that these legislative efforts faced is best understood as a partisan strategy to redistribute the electorate.

The Causes and Effects of International Treaties
ROBERT L. BROWN analyses the relationship between state interests and the likelihood of international cooperation. He argues that while divergent interests create demand for treaty negotiations, converging interest are required for treaties to enter into force.

The Steady Leadership of George H.W. Bush: A Review Essay of Destiny and Power
Meena Bose reviews Jon Meacham’s biography Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush. She finds that Bush’s diplomatic expertise and collegial leadership style raise important questions about the role of the presidency in the American political system.

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Book Reviews

The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society, Julian E. Zelizer
Reviewed by RICK VALELLY

Scalia: A Court of One, Bruce Allen Murphy

China’s Futures: PRC Elites Debate Economics, Politics, and Foreign Policy, Daniel C. Lynch
Reviewed by Andrew Scobell

Who Governs? Presidents, Public Opinion, and Manipulation, Lawrence Jacobs, James N. Druckman

Making and Unmaking Nations: War, Leadership, and Genocide in Modern Africa, Scott Straus
Reviewed by Pierre Englebert

Federalism on Trial: State Attorneys General and National Policymaking in Contemporary America, Paul Nolette

Fatal Politics: The Nixon Tapes, the Vietnam War, and the Casualties of Reelection, Ken Hughes
Reviewed by RON MILAM

In-Your-Face Politics: The Consequences of Uncivil Media, Diana C. Mutz

Overreach: Delusions of Regime Change in Iraq, Michael MacDonald
Reviewed by Tony Smith

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