Lawrence Wright: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

Lawrence Wright

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes New Yorker staff writer Lawrence Wright for a discussion of his new book, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. Included in the conversation are profiles of Mohammed Qutb, Osama Bin Ladin, and Dr. Ayman al-Zawarhiri. key figures in the radical jihadist movement that became Al Qaeda. Wright also reflects on the career of FBI agent John O'Neill who led the FBI search for terrorists within the United States and was killed` in the destruction of the Twin Towers.

KEYWORDS: Pulitzer Prize, Al Qaeda.

Lawrence Wilkerson: Vice President Cheney and America's Response to 9/11

Lawrence Wilkerson

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, U.S. Army (ret.), for a discussion of the break down of the national security process in the administration of George W. Bush. Colonel Wilkerson offers an insider's view of the Cheney-Rumsfeld cabal that drove American policy in the wake of the Al Qaeda attack on 911. The Vice President's manipulation of the policy process, he argues, led to a lack of a post conflict planning for Iraq and the failure to abide by the Geneva conventions. Wilkerson also analyzes the motives of Cheney and Rumsfeld, their penchant for...

John Arquilla: International Relations in the Information Age

John Arquilla

Professor John Arquilla discusses the information revolution and its implications for international politics.


Key Words: Political Scientists, Terrorism, Networks, 911, Al Qaeda

Edward Alden: Terrorism, Immigration and Security Since 9/11

Earl Anthony Wayne

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Edward Alden of the Council on Foreign Relations for a discussion of his new book, "The Closing of the American Border." Alden, former Washington bureau chief of the Financial Times, discusses the Bush administration's response to 9/11 and the consequences for America's commitment to open borders and leadership of globalization. He details how a policy of smart borders and risk management is sacrificed as the bitter debates about immigration policy take center stage.


Stephen M. Walt: Balancing American Power in the Post-9/11 World

Stephen M. Walt

Host Harry Kreisler welcomes Harvard political scientist Stephen M. Walt for a discussion of how to think about balancing power in international politics. They also consider the role theory might play in formulating foreign policy and consider the way the world is responding to the U.S. hegemony in the aftermath of 911 and the Iraq War.


Key Words: Political Scientists, International Relations, Theory, Theory and...

Stephen Holmes: America's Reckless Response To Terror

Stephen Holmes

America's Reckless Response To Terror - Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes NYU law professor Stephen Holmes for a discussion of the Bush administration response to the 911 attack. He analyzes the motivations behind policies, examines the interplay between politics and ideas, and highlights the implications for American democracy. He also addresses the options available to the next President in confronting the tragic errors of the Bush administration.


Stephen D. Biddle: Military Victory in the Information Age

Stephen D. Biddle

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Stephen D. Biddle, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, for a discussion of what factors influence outcomes in military conflict beginning with the battles of World War up until the present. The synergy between force employment and technology is emphasized. They also discuss grand strategy in the post 911 world and the privatization of military power.



Robert Jervis: American Foreign Policy in a New Era

Robert Jervis

Host Harry Kreisler welcomes Columbia University political scientist Robert Jervis for a discussion of theory in international relations. Their discussion includes an examination of the Bush Doctrine and the failure of intelligence in the lead up to the Iraq War.


Key Words: Political Scientists, Theory, International Relations, Realism, 911, RIP

Phillip Bobbitt: Terror and Consent: The Wars of the 21st Century

Phillip Bobbitt

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Philip Bobbitt, Herbert Wechsler Professor of Jurisprudence, Columbia University. Focusing on the transformation of the state and warfare, Professor Bobbitt offers a new interpretation of terrorism. He explains the emergence of the market state, compares it to the nation state, analyzes the unique features of warfare in the new century, and brings into focus the distinctive qualities of today's terrorism. Professor Bobbitt also describes the challenges posed for national security and offers an agenda for changes that integrate strategy and law....

Philippe Sands: The Rumsfeld Memo and the Betrayal of American Values

Philippe Sands

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes international lawyer Philippe Sands for a discussion of Bush administration policies regarding international law. Sands analyzes the evolution of international law from the Atlantic Charter to the present drawing on research in his two books, "Lawless World," and "Torture Team: Rumsfeld's Memo and the Betrayal of American Values." He concludes that war crimes may have been committed after 911 and that key players in the administration are subject to charges not only in the court of world opinion but also in tribunals invoking universal...