33 Fletcher F. World Aff. 1 (2009)

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From the historic U.S. presidential election to the ever-expanding global
financial crisis, the events of this fall and winter challenged The Forum, always
seeming to race ahead of our production schedule. Ultimately, we could not
resist the temptation to invite topical commentary from experts from the
worlds of academia and policy.
Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary MICHAEL
CHERTOFF reflects upon his tenure and argues for a broader conception of
security that encompasses not just physical safety but the security our finan-
cial markets. He argues that in a resource-constrained policy environment,
effective use of risk-management is crucial for prioritizing where, and how, to
focus our attention.
The Fletcher School's DANIEL DREZNER traces the waxing and
waning sphere of influence of the State Department's strategic planning office,
from George Kennan's tenure to the present, within the larger context of U.S.
foreign policy. He argues that the plethora of complex and overlapping chal-
lenges demand a greater emphasis on planning than has been the case of late.
With a potential U.S.-China trade war looming on the horizon, legal
scholar CHAD BOWN examines China's history as a member of the WTO and
considers its internal political landscape to demonstrate why some of these
disputes are inevitable-and how China and the U.S. can even benefit from
After having written definitively on the subject in Foreign Affairs a
decade ago, THOMAS CAROTHERS reexamines the status of rule-of-law
promotion within international relations theory. In particular, he considers
how the fulfillment of the rule-of-law agenda has been undermined by three
pitfalls: an overestimation of the consensus about what the rule-of-law promo-
tion means in practice; a tendency toward reductionism that results in a rule
by law rather than a rule of law; and the false promise of sequentialism vis- -
vis democracy promotion.
PAUL SALEM and ALEX TIERSKY disentangle the challenges facing
the Israeli-Syrian peace process and NATO membership, respectively; HOLLY
BENNER maps a foreign policy agenda for the new Obama administration;
and ADMIRAL WILLIAM J. FALLON sat down with The Forum to discuss
national security issues-ranging from budgets to pirates, from Alexander the
Great to the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the United States' role
in the Middle East.
On behalf of the entire team, I hope that you enjoy this issue of The

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