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Future Challenges: The Power to Make War in an Age of Global Terror

by Philip Bobbittvia Analysis
Monday, June 14, 2010

This essay discusses the constitutional aspects of the debate over the power to make war: 

In the News

Future Challenges E-Book

by Peter Berkowitz, Philip Bobbitt, Tod Lindberg, Jessica Stern, Matthew Waxman, Benjamin Wittesvia Future Challenges in National Security and Law
Thursday, June 10, 2010

In the new online volume, Future Challenges in National Security and Law, members of the Hoover Institution’s Koret-Taube Task Force on National Security and Law and guest contributors offer incisive commentary on the controversies that have erupted over national security law in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, laying the foundations for understanding such future issues...

Future Challenges

by Peter Berkowitz, Benjamin Wittes, Tod Lindberg, Jessica Stern, Philip Bobbitt, Matthew Waxman, Jack Goldsmith, Kenneth Anderson, Amy Zegartvia Analysis
Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Future Challenges essay series, a collaborative effort of Hoover’s Koret-Taube Task Force on National Security and Law, is an online volume that explores a variety of emerging national security and law challenges, including the crafting of rules for the detention of unlawful enemy combatants, the proper orientation for the United States toward the International Criminal Court, the deradicalization of terrorists, application of the principle of proportionality to asymmetric warfare, developments in the war-powers doctrine, cyber-warfare, the search for and regulation of weapons of mass destruction, and the reform of Congressional oversight of intelligence.

Analysis and Commentary

The New Rules of Engagement

by Philip Bobbittvia Newsweek
Monday, January 11, 2010

Nine imperatives for our post-9/11 world. . . .

A portrait of the late Robert S. McNamara

Idealism Derailed

by Philip Bobbittvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

A portrait of the late Robert S. McNamara. By Philip Bobbitt.

Analysis and Commentary

Calculus and Compassion

by Philip Bobbittvia New York Times
Tuesday, July 7, 2009

FOR Christmas in 1963 we gathered at the ranch that had belonged to my great-grandfather, a few miles outside the town — Johnson City — named for our family...

Analysis and Commentary

Obama is right: this is no time for posturing on Iran

by Philip Bobbittvia London Evening Standard
Monday, June 22, 2009

The Iran crisis has presented President Barack Obama with a very difficult problem - and the first real test of his new policy of engagement with the Muslim world...

Terror and Consent - book cover

Terror and Consent: The Wars for the Twenty-first Century

by Philip Bobbittvia Anchor
Tuesday, May 5, 2009

According to Bobbitt, the primary driver of terrorism is not Islam but the emergence of the market state. This book provides an interesting analysis of the West's ongoing struggle against terrorism in which Bobbitt’s interpretation is framed within the context of political theory.

Better Footing

by Philip Bobbittvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2009

An administration ends; the war on terror goes on. Victory now depends on finding new ways to fight. By Philip Bobbitt.

Analysis and Commentary

‘Terror’ Is the Enemy

by Philip Bobbittvia New York Times
Saturday, December 13, 2008

Generals are not the only ones who prepare to fight the previous war...

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