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General Works:


Civil Liberties
In the past, insecurity led many Americans to lash out against people of different ethnicities. What historical lessons should we bear in mind as we seek to deal with current threats? How can society best balance a concern with security with personal freedom and civil liberties.

Film and Media: Media Coverage
Over the past six decades, the news media have had to respond to many shattering events, from the attack on Pearl Harbor to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the seizure of American diplomats in Iran, and the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger. Is the current coverage more or less restrained than coverage of previous events. Is it fairer or more biased? Is it stirring or restraining ethnic animosities?

Government Sites


Lesson Plans

Osama bin Laden

The Near East

  • Meeting with the Muj
    A visit to a radical religious school in Lehore, Pakistan by Jessica Stern, a lecturer at Harvard UniversityÍs Kennedy School of Government, an adjunct fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

News Reports

Pearl Harbor Analogy

Presidential Power
During times of crisis, Americans turn to their president for words of reassurance, comfort, and resolve. Our president, unlike Britain's prime minister, has multiple responsibilities: to serve as head of state, commander-in-chief, and the symbolic leader of our country. A President must not only manage our government, but also lead and inspire our citizens.


Recent Commentary

  • The Atlantic
  • Congressional Quarterly: Recent Terrorist Events
  • Special Briefing: The Terrorist Attack on America: Background -- Foreign Affairs
    This special briefing from Foreign Affairs collects the full text of ten previously published articles and thirteen book reviews that "contribute to an understanding of the tragic attacks on New York and Washington." The articles range from David Fromkin's 1975 "The Strategy of Terrorism," which gives the history of terrorism and some governmental strategies for combatting it, to Richard K. Betts' prescient 1998 "The New Threat of Mass Destruction," discussing the dangers of terrorist attacks on the US. Other writers include Ahmed Rashid, Walter Laqueur, and Ashton Carter.



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