Philip Bobbitt

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The flag-waving is over. This is how the president can change the world

by Philip Bobbittvia Independent (UK)
Sunday, November 9, 2008

Americans have always been a little flag-crazy, and I am no exception...

Adapt or Perish By Peter Robinson.

Adapt or Perish

by Philip Bobbitt, Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 14, 2008

To succeed in the war on terror, Philip Bobbitt insists, the West needs an entirely new conceptual framework.

By Peter Robinson.

Analysis and Commentary

Questions of Security

by Philip Bobbittvia New York Times
Wednesday, September 10, 2008

JOHN McCAIN and Barack Obama are two of the most remarkable Americans to enter public life...

Philip Bobbitt teaches at the University of Texas and at Columbia University

War & Terror with Philip Bobbitt

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Philip Bobbittvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, June 30, 2008

Professor Philip Bobbitt describes the “wars for the 21st century” as wars against terror — against modern market-state terrorism, against the distribution and assimilation of weapons of mass destruction, and against the forces that create human catastrophes, such as genocide and ethnic cleansing. During the 20th century it was important that the law and the allied war strategy were separate. According to Bobbitt, “We won the war and then the law followed.” In the current century, however, Bobbitt says, our challenge is to unite the two: law and war strategy must meet because we are now fighting to protect what free people have the lawful right to do. But how do we strengthen the power of government to protect us and at the same time protect civil and human rights? (32:00) Video transcript

Analysis and Commentary

Letters: Torture ban truth

by Philip Bobbittvia Times (UK)
Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Sir, I was a bit taken aback to read the headline in The Times “Presidential adviser who says that sometimes torture is the heroic way” (interview, May 24), but further distressed to read the Times Online headline “presidential adviser Philip Bobbitt argues the case for torture as an act of heroism” and apoplectic to read a subsequent Times Online headline “Presidential adviser who argues the case for torture.”...

Analysis and Commentary

Letters: Philip Bobbitt explains in detail his position on torture and terrorism

by Philip Bobbittvia Times (UK)
Sunday, May 25, 2008

In the course of a generous and flattering profile accompanying the publication of my new book, Terror and Consent, The Times has mistakenly given the impression that, in the words of its headline, I have “argue[d] the case for torture as an act of heroism.”...

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The New Mask of Terrorism

by Philip Bobbittvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Some one-third of all international terrorist attacks between 1968 and September 10, 2001, involved American targets.