My Readings for Seminar XXI

Posted on April 3, 2012

MIT Seminar XXI is coming to an end for this academic year. The last weekend event is this month. Here is the list of topics and assigned reading for the theme: U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY. 

U.S. Grand Strategy: A Debate

Barry Posen, “A Grand Strategy of Restraint”

Robert Lieber, “Can the US Retain Primacy?”

Robert Art, “Selective Engagement in an Era of Austerity and Multipolarity”


Rising States – China and India

Aaron L. Friedberg, “Hegemony with Chinese Characteristics”

Robert S. Ross, “Chinese Nationalism and Its Discontents”

Taylor Fravel, “China’s Strategy in the South China Sea”

Stephen Cohen, “Chapter 2: The Worldview of India’s Strategic Elite”


The Persian Gulf and Access to Oil

Kenneth Pollack, “America’s Second Chance and the Arab Spring”

F. Gregory Gause III, “Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There!?”

Eugene Gholz and Daryl Press, “Footprints in the Sand: America needs a strategy with fewer boots on the ground in the Persian Gulf region”


Nuclear Weapons and Cyberwar

Richard Burt & Jan Lodal, “The Next Step for Arms Control: A Nuclear Control Regime”

James Dobbins, “Coping with a Nuclearising Iran”

Martin Libicki, Cyberdeterrence and Cyberwar

Seymour Hersh, “The Online Threat: Should We Be Worried about a Cyber War?”

Thomas Berson and Dorothy Denning, “Cyberwarfare”



Stephen P. Cohen, “Pakistan: Arrival and Departure”

C. Christine Fair, “Why the Pakistan army is here to stay: prospects for civilian governance”


Terrorism and Counterterrorism

Audrey Kurth Cronin, “U.S. Grand Strategy and Counterterrorism”

Frank Gardner, “Is the Arab Spring Good or Bad for Terrorism?”

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, “Al Qaeda, the Internet, and the Arab Spring”

Alistair Harris, “The Uncertainties of Change: The Arab Spring and Al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula”

Bruce Riedel, “Zawahiri’s First 100 Days”