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James Nathan

Scholar in Residence School of International Service

James A Nathan is a former Foreign Service Officer and the Khalid Bin Sultan Inaugural Eminent Scholar Emeritus at Auburn University. He is the author of seven books and is widely published in Foreign Affairs, the Washington Post, the New York Times, etc. He has won a number of Senior Distinguished Fulbrights, was a NATO Fellow, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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  • Fall 2017

    • SIS-619 Special Studies in Int'l Pol: History of Global Politics
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Publications Books Soldiers Statecraft and History, (Praeger, Greenwood Publishing Group), 2003 Anatomy of The Cuban Missile Crisis, (NY: Greenwood, 2001) The United States Foreign Policy and World Order, (co-­authored), (Little, Brown & Co.) First edition, 1976; Second edition, 1981; Third revised edition, 1985; Fourth (extensively) revised edition, 1989. Fifth edition, under contract Foreign Policy Making and The American Political System (co-­‐-­‐-­‐ authored), 1983; Second Revised Edition, (NY: Harper Collins), 1987 Third (extensively) revised [Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Un. Press], 1994 The Cuban Missile Crisis Revisited, (Ed.)(New York, St. Martin's Press), 1992 The Future of United States Naval Power, (Co-­authored), (Bloomington, Indiana University Press), 1979 Monographs ”2000 ELECTION.” [With Charles Tien] Hong Kong, US Consulate, June 2000 “The 1986 Election: Congress, the Defense Budget, and the Future of the Army, "Carlisle Barracks: Strategic Studies Institute of the Army War College, June 1987 "Diplomacy, Law, and International Order," Center for Advanced Research, Naval War College Press, 1979 "International Education in a Global Age,"(co-­‐authored), National Council For Social Studies, 1975 Articles “Trumping Obama on Cuba” USA Today Magazine, The Society for the Advancement of Education. Vol. 145, No. 2862, March 2017 “Russia, ISIL and the Diplomatic Lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis,” European Leadership Network, October 24, 2014 "The Iran Contra Affair", “The State Department,” and “The National Security Advisor,” essays in The Encyclopedia of Military Science, [Guenter Kurt Piehler, Editor], Thousand Oaks, CA], 2013. Pp. 702ff; pp. 939ff; pp. 1549ff “Diplomacy, Not Daring-‐Do,” and The Cuban Missile Crisis Revisited, ” Foreign Affairs 91(6): 2012, pp. 163–66 “Casualties & Threats: Conditions of Support for War,” Defense & Security Analysis, Volume 26, edition 3, September 2010 James Nathan, et al. "Après Louis, Hamid: Can Afghan State Builders Learn From Louis XIV?" Foreign Affairs, July/August 2010, Volume 89, Number 4 “American Foreign Policy and the Perception of Threat,” Public International Political Science Quarterly, in review “Poppy Blues: America’s Afghan saga.” Defense & Security Analysis, Volume 25, edition 4, December 2009 “The Retreat from Westphalia; Iraq and the Shadow of Power,” Volume 24, edition 2 of Defense & Security Analysis, June 2008 "Kennedy and Cuba: Then and Now," Diplomatic History, November 2005, 29 (5), pp. 889-­‐894 "El Dorado Canyon: Reagan's Undeclared War with Qaddafi", Presidential Studies Quarterly, November 2003 "The China Threat,” National Missile Defense and American Public Opinion,” Defense Analysis, Vol. 19, Number 1, pp. 35-­‐54, 200 “American Ambivalence Toward China,” [Co-written Charles Tien] Public Opinion Quarterly; Vol. 65, No. 1 (Spring, 2001) pp.124-­‐138 "On Appeasement and Parvenus: Managing the Challenge of New Power." International Relations (The David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies: London) April 2001, XV (4) pp. 11‐32 "The Evolution of International Society", in (Stuart S Nagel and Gareet Keiley eds.) Global Policy among and Between Nations, (St. Martin's Press and Macmillan Press Ltd. (1999) "Turkey Hedges its Bets:" Perceptions: Journal of International Relations. (Ankara: Turkey) Vol. 11. Number 1, March/May 1997, pp. 31-­38 "Turkey on the Edge," International Relations (The David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies: London) December, Vol. XIII, Number 3, August 1997,pp 15-­‐27 "Zbigniew Kasimierz Brzezinski" and" The U‐2 Incident" in Bruce Jettleson and Thomas Paterson, et al. eds.] Encyclopedia of US Foreign Relations: (NY: Oxford University Press), 1997 "In Retrospect: Serving Conscience at the Expense of Truth," Small Wars and Insurgencies, Volume 7, autumn 1996, Number 2199, pp.243-­‐53 "Force, Statecraft, and American Foreign Policy," Polity, Vol. 28. Number 2, winter 1995-­‐1996 "'The New Strategy:" Defense Analysis, Vol. 11, Number 2, August 1995, pp. 121-­‐145 "The Rise and Decline of Coercive Statecraft," Proceedings of the United States Naval Institute, October, 1995,pp.59-66 "On Coercive Diplomacy: 'The New Strategy' and The American Foreign Affairs Experience." International Relations (The David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies: London) December, Vol. XII, Number 6, December 1995, pp.1-­‐30 "What is the Relationship of American Politics and Government to World Affairs?" National Standards For Civics and Government, [Calabasas, CA: Center for Civic Education], 1994 pp. 106-­‐12 "A New World Order That Really Meant Something. The Treaty of Westphalia and the Origins of Statecraft," The Aspen Institute Quarterly, Fall, 1994. "The Diplomacy of Louis XIV," The Virginia Quarterly Review, October 1993 "Salvaging the War Powers Resolution," Presidential Studies Quarterly, spring 1993, Vol. 23, No 2 "A New World Order: Policy or Platitude?" The Virginia Quarterly Review, July 1992 "Post-‐Cold War Foreign Policy," in James MacGregor Burns, et al, The Democrats Must Lead (Boulder): Westview, 1992 The Heyday of the New Strategy,” Diplomacy and Statecraft, July Vol. 3, No. 2, 1992 "Curbing the Distress of War," Polity, Summer, 1991. “America and the International System,” in Charles F. Bahmueller [ed.] Civitas, Washington, D.C.: National Council for the Social Studies, 1991 "Revising the War Powers Act, "Armed Forces and Society, August, 1991 "Prepared Testimony: On Revising the War Powers," in the War Powers After 200 Years, Hearing before the Special Subcommittee on War Powers of the Committee on Foreign Relations, 100th Conga., 2nd Sees., S. Hg. 100-­‐1012, 1213 "Foreign Policy in the Land of the Pretend: the Reagan Years," Virginia Quarterly Review, January, 1989 "U.S. Naval Policy in the 1990's," Journal of Strategic Studies, February, 1989 "The Maritime Strategy and US Alliances," Proceedings of the Naval Institute, Annapolis, August 1988 "The Maritime Strategy: Prospects and Foreboding," International Relations, Vol. IX, November 1987. "The Reagan Defense Program: Concepts, Continuity and Change,"(co-­authored), in Stephen J. Cymbal, (ed.) The Reagan Defense Program, Scholarly Resources Press, 1986 "Planning the Most Likely Contingencies,"(co-‐authored), in Keith Dunn and William Staudenmier, Eds.) Alternative Military Strategies for the Future, Westview Press, 1985 "The U‐2 Incident and the Cuban Missile Crisis" in Guide to American Foreign Relations Since 1700, CIO, 1983. "Dateline Australia: America’s Foreign Watergate? Foreign Policy (49, Winter 1982–83) "Behind the New Middle East Explosion," The Pacific Defense Review, May 1982 "Terrorism and International Morality" in The Rationalization of Terrorism, Rapport and Alexander, (eds.), University Publications of America, 1982 "The Foreign Policy of the Carter Administration," The Virginia Quarterly Review, February 1981 "The American Environment for Security Planning,"(co-­authored), in P. S. Kroenenberg, ed., Planning U.S. Security Policy, National Defense University Press, 1981 "The New Feudalism," Foreign Policy (42), (Spring 1981) "The Heyday of the Balance of Power, "The Naval War College Review, July-­August, 1980 "Can the United States Manage the New Economic Order?"(Co-­authored), in Frank Marietta (ed.), Changing Strategic Realities, National Defense University Press, June 1980. "Exploiting American Vulnerabilities," The Naval War College Review, August 1979 "The Changing Context of American Sea Power, The Naval War College Review, February 1979 "Is Essential Equivalence Extendible?"(Co-­authored), Proceedings of the Fifth Annual National Affairs Conference, National Defense University Press, September 1978 "The Bureaucratic Approach to National Security Studies,"(co­authored), The Journal of Political and Military Sociology, spring 1978 "Human Rights and World Order," The Foreign Service Journal, February 1978 "International Socialization," The International Journal of Civic Education, (co-­‐authored), January 1978 "Husbanding American Commitments," Intellect, September 1977 "The Future of the Naval Presence Mission,"(co-‐authored) The Naval War College Review, fall 1977 "International and Cross National Socialization," (co-authored), in Stanley Pension (ed.), The Handbook of the Social Sciences, Free Press, 1977 "Political Change and Political Choice,"(co-­authored), Teaching Political Science, Vol. 3 Number 3, . “The Future of the International System” Texas Quarterly, Summer, 1976, pp. 27-46. "The Mayaguez, Presidential War and Congressional Senescence," Intellect, February 1976 "Political Structures and Perceptions of the Future,"(co‐authored), American Politics Quarterly, October 1976 "International Relations and International Education," Teaching Political Science, February 1976 "The Future of the International Political System," Alternatives, Number 1, Volume 2, 1976 "The Roots of The Imperial Presidency," Presidential Studies Quarterly, Volume 5, Number 1, 1975. “Commitments in Search of a Roost: The Foreign Policy of the Nixon Administration." The Virginia Quarterly Review, Vol. 50, No. 3, (Summer 1975) "Public Opinion and U.S. Security Policy,"(co-authored), Armed Forces and Society, fall 1975 "A Fragile Détente: The U2 Incident Re-examined," Military Affairs, September 1975 "The Cuban Missile Crisis: His Finest Hour Now," World Politics, January 1975 "The Future of Political Systems... What Young People Think,"(co-authored), Futures, December 1974 "The Diplomacy of Violence," Society/Transaction, (co-authored), September/October, 1974. "International Relations: The World for Scholars and Children," Comparative Education Review, February 1974. Popular Essays, OP Ed Articles: “ISIS’ vast resources remodel Middle East.” Montgomery Advertiser, January 15, 2015 “CUI BUNO? UNDERSTANDING ISIS….” Huffington Post, November 30, 2014 “Worries of a Weary Power: The Cuban Missile Crisis…Now.” Huffington Post, December 21, 2014 “What Would Clausewitz Do?” Huffington Post, October 5, 2014 “Nation has a poor record in interventions.” Montgomery Advertiser, August 1, 2014 “End appears to be coming for Cuba trade embargo.” Montgomery Advertiser, January 6, 2013 “On Kerry's whirlwind diplomacy,” Montgomery Advertiser, December 01, 2013 “The coming reset on Cuba.” USA Today (Magazine), March 1, 2013 “On Secretary Kerry's Whirlwind Diplomacy -­‐‐ It's Not So Bad. After All, It Could Be Raining! “ Huffington Post, November 22, 2013 “A “Syrian Deal? Really?” Huffington Post, September 16, 2013 “Key Security Threats Ignored 10 Years After 9/11.” Huffington Post September 11, 2011 “Failure to understand or act on intelligence goes a long way toward explaining the attacks of September 11, 2011.” Huffington Post “Obvious, But Ignored Strategy to Defeat the Taliban.” Huffington Post, May 18, 2011 Alabama Voices: “Just buy it all.” Montgomery Advertiser, August 14, 2009 Alabama Voices: “Credit remains key,” Montgomery Advertiser, April 1, 2009 “The Folly of the Afghan Opium Eradication.” USA Today, March 2009, Vol. 137 no. 2766 pp.26-­‐30 “Ending the Taliban’s money stream, U.S. should buy Afghanistan’s opium.” Washington Times, Thursday, January 8, 2009 “Dealing with debt.” Montgomery Advertiser, March 25, 2008. "Rumsfeld “Rumsfeld hears only those of like of viewpoint.” Montgomery Sunday Op Ed, October 29, 2006 “Two Americans in North Korea,” USA Today, September 2006 "Three Days in North Korea: Change Can-‐And Must-­Come to This Rogue Nation, but It Will Not Be Easy, as a Trip to This Bastion of Communist Control Proved," USA Today (Society for the Advancement of Education), September 2006, Vol. 6 "Who's Afraid of North Korea?" The Washington Times, December 11, 2005 "Withdrawal requires patina of success." Montgomery Advertiser, September 14, 2003, 9A "Terrorism and US." Montgomery Advertiser, September 16, 2001 “The Clinton Legacy,” Birmingham News, January 28, 2001 “Iran’s Era of Fear Coming to En End?” USA Today, Vol. 127, No. 2642/November 1998, page 25. "Washington Should Encourage Better Relationship With Iran." Montgomery Advertiser, Sunday, July 5, 1998, A13 "A New Season of Mayhem in Russia," Sunday Review and Comment: Birmingham News, March 1, 1998 "Russia's Spiraling Nightmare" World Watcher: USA Today (Monthly: Published by the Society for the Advancement of Education) Vol. 125.no.2634, March 1998 "Americans Face the World.” Montgomery Advertiser, Sunday, January 4, 1998, A4 "Can Economic Sanctions Succeed as Foreign Policy?" USA Today, (Monthly: Published by the Society for the Advancement of Education) September 1997, Vol. 126. No. 2628, page 37 "Migrants Making Life Difficult­‐and Dangerous,")(Co‐authored) Sunday Review and Comment: Birmingham News, March 16, 1997, 6c "Alabama Depends on International Trade." Montgomery Advertiser, (Sunday Perspective) March 2, 1997, c 1 "Turkey Hedges Its Bets." USA Today, (Monthly: Published by the Society for the Advancement of Education) Vol.1 125 Number 2620, January 1997, p35 "In Trouble: Turkey Facing period of Risk, Instability." Montgomery Advertiser, Op Ed, October 31, 1996, 9A "Turkey Looks both Ways: Sunday Review and Comment: Birmingham News, October 13, 1996, p4c "The Russian Bet Pays off." USA Today, (Monthly: Published by the Society for the Advancement of Education), September1996, Vol. 125. No. 2616, page 31 "America Gets Lucky in Russian Election," Sunday Review and Comment: Birmingham News, July 21, 1996 p.1c "Yeltsin's Election May End Free­fall In Russia." Montgomery Advertiser Perspective, July 28, 1996, "Boris Yeltsin's Fatal Folly." USA Today (Monthly: Published by the Society for the Advancement of Education.) Vol. 125, Number 2614, July 1996, page 35 "Greed and folly dog Yelstin." Sunday Review and Comment: Birmingham News, May 19, 1996, page 4c "The Military is Dominating US Foreign Policy." USA Today (Monthly: Published by the Society for the Advancement of Education.) Vol. 124, Number 2612, May 1996, page 21 "Secretary Brown Served the Cause of Trade and Peace." Montgomery Advertiser, April 10, 1996, page 10 "The Cuban Missile Crisis.” The World Book, 1996 "Can there be Peace in the Middle East, USA Today (Monthly: Published by the Society for the Advancement of Education), March Vol. 124, number 1260, 1996 page 43 "What Now for Israel?" Montgomery Advertiser, Sunday Perspective, November 12, 1995. Section F, pp. 1 and 4 "Robert McNamara's Vietnam USA Today.” (Monthly: Published by the Society for the Advancement of Education) Vol. 124, Number 2604, September 1995, pp.32‐35 “What does the Future Hold for the Russian Military?" USA Today (Monthly: Published by the Society for the Advancement of Education), July 1993 "Can Japan's Commercial Dominance Continue," USA Today, (published by the Society for the Advancement of Education), January 1993. Vol. 121 no.2572; pp. 34-36 "A Year After the Soviet Coup-‐a growing fear there's another on the way," Birmingham News, [Op Ed] (Syndicated Knight Ridder), August 23, 1992 "Rising to the Challenge of Japan." Birmingham News, [Op Ed] (Syndicated Knight Ridder), July 19, 1992 "Sleep Walking in the Middle East?" Birmingham News, [Op Ed], (Syndicated Knight Ridder.), September 29, 1991 "Soviet Union's Collapse Could Threaten the World." Montgomery Advertiser, [Op Ed] May 19, 1991 "Bush Ignores Congress In Desert Shield Decision." Montgomery Advertiser, September 9, 1990 "Chance for Unity in Cyprus will worsen without intervention by US." Providence Journal, (Syndicated by Knight, Ridder) October 6, 1986 "A Brave New World Of Soviet Computers." Los Angeles Times [Op Ed], May 8, 1985 "The Hidden Cost of Success," [Op Ed], Providence Journal, (Syndicated Knight Ridder), October 18, 1988 "Rehabilitate Détente From the Bottom Up," Los Angeles Times [Op Ed], July 2, 1984 "Around the World with U.S.I.A." Delaware Today, May, 1984 "Trident May Sink Britain." Los Angeles Times, January 16, 1984 "Gulf Oil is No Longer Worth our Defense." Los Angeles Times [Op Ed], November 29, 1983. P.2 and p.7 "Grenada Leaves the British with Red Faces." Los Angeles Times [Op Ed], November 16, 1983 "The New Great White Fleet." The Nation, February 6, 1983. "Leaky Naval Strategy." The New York Times [Op Ed], January 26, 1983 "Is the Day of the Navy Ending?" Los Angeles Times [Op Ed], January 7, 1983 "Selling Protection from Terrorists." Washington Post, Outlook, April 12, 1981 "Don't Arm The Afghans." The New York Times [Op Ed], September 6, 1980 "Did Kissinger Leak?" Washington Monthly, September 1974