NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR REVIEWS STANLEY HOFFMAN BOOK ON “CHAOS AND VIOLENCE” AND U.S. FOREIGN POLICY

June 22, 2007

HARRISONBURG—In the current issue of the international affairs journal American Foreign Policy Interests, Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, reviews Chaos and Violence: What Globalization, Failed States, and Terrorism Mean for U.S. Foreign Policy by Dr. Stanley Hoffman, the Paul and Catherine Buttenwieser University Professor at Harvard University.

According to Dr. Pham, “even if his prose is somewhat intemperate at times, Hoffman’s sober analysis of the increasingly intractable conflict in Iraq, the global plague of terrorism and political violence, the ambiguities of U.S.-European relations, the inequities of globalization, and the challenges of weak and failing states deserves careful consideration.” However, the review notes that “if his empirical analysis represents a solid contribution to the public discourse, Hoffman’s normative prescription is, regrettably, significantly weaker.”

American Foreign Policy Interests is a bimonthly journal published by Taylor & Francis for the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, a research organization founded in 1974 by the late Dr. Hans J. Morgenthau and dedicated to identifying, articulating, and helping to advance the national interests of the United States from a nonpartisan perspective within the framework of political realism. Dr. Pham was elected a member of the National Committee’s Board of Advisors in January 2006.

For the text of the review, click here.