More use of this blog for shameless self-promotion. The Stanley Foundation of Muscatine, Iowa commissioned during this past year a series of essays on core foreign policy issues that will matter to a new administration, whether Democratic or Republican. Each essay is co-authored by a centrist liberal/progressive and a centrist conservative, seeking common ground across the political divide.
The essays range across many things, from the legitimate use of American miltary force to the size and composition of the US military, nation-building and democracy, the rise of China, and many other things. The list of contributors is stellar, and include Ivo Daalder, Francis Fukuyama, Frederick Kagan, Michael O'Hanlon, Tod Lindberg, Derek Chollet, and many others.
The essays also include one on detainee treatment at Guantanamo in the war on terror, by yours truly and Elisa Massimino, the Washington director of Human Rights First. Ours is titled The Cost of Confusion: Resolving Ambiguities in Detainee Treatment.
The essays have now been issued as a book, Bridging the Foreign Policy Divide: Liberals and Conservatives Find Common Ground on 10 Key Global Challenges. It is edited by Derek Chollet, Tod Lindberg, and David Shorr (who are also all contributors to the essays). Routledge 2007, $17.00 or so. Out just in time for the primary season - this short collection of essays is also a very useful short text for political science or related classes. Available at Amazon, here.
Derek, Tod, Elisa, and I did a segment on the Diane Rehm show on NPR (WAMU) last Monday, December 10, 2007, discussing the book. Here.