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The Book Review delves into the many books on national security and related fields published each year.  It offers reviews that range widely across subjects and disciplines, from domestic and international law to history, strategic and military studies, from national security journalism to terrorism and counterterrorism, ethics, and technology. Contributors include scholars, serving or former government officials or military personnel, journalists, experts of many kinds, and students in law school or university.

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Jewish Human Rights

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A review of James Loeffler, “Rooted Cosmopolitans: Jews and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century” (Yale UP, 2018)

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With whom have we not spent heart-warming hours there, looking out from the terrace over the beautiful and peaceful landscape, without suspecting that exactly opposite, on the mountain of Berchtesgaden, a man sat who would one day destroy it all?

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A Tale of Two Narratives

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A review of Greg Miller, The Apprentice: Trump, Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy(HarperCollins Publishers, 2018)

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Two narratives about Russian interference in the 2016 election are in direct competition with one another.

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Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes

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Review of Loch Johnson’s “Spy Watching: Intelligence Accountability in the United States” (Oxford University Press, 2018).

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There are abundant recent examples of Congress exercising its constitutional prerogative to oversee the work of America’s vast intelligence enterprise. Some of them are good; many others, bad; and several, truly ugly.

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Diplomacy, Reconsidered

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Review of Ronan Farrow’s “War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence” (W.W. Norton, 2018) and James F. Dobbins’s “Foreign Service: Five Decades on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy” (RAND/Brookings, 2017).

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