Amitai Etzioni

Amitai Etzioni served as a senior advisor to the Carter White House; taught at Columbia University, Harvard and The University of California at Berkeley; and is a university professor and professor of international relations at The George Washington University. His latest book is Hot Spots: American Foreign Policy in a Post-Human-Rights World.


War is costly. Nation building is costlier. And nation-building projects almost never succeed, as this analysis demonstrates.

U.S.-Pakistani relations are in crisis. Strategic fear of India prevents Pakistan from bending to U.S. demands. Easing India-Pakistan tensions could change the dynamics of the U.S.-Pakistan alliance.

A community-based security approach for the land of the two rivers.

In the opening round of an exchange on democracy promotion that will continue over the coming weeks, five TNI authors examine themes and questions raised in Paul Saunders's essay.

The Bush Administration’s focus on democracy overlooks the need for security.

The Great Debate

Several TNI regulars assess the campaign's last debate.


A new book exposes the weak feedback loops that doom Washington to repeat the same mistakes.


Focus on the bright possibilities of the future, not the dark tragedies of the past.

Smart goals and smart negotiations will make the question of Rouhani's true intentions irrelevant.

A new constitution that respects the rights of all while supporting Islam's civic role could ease tensions.

Syria, and a host of other U.S. concerns in the Middle East, can't be dealt with in isolation.

The dangers the founders feared are ignored.

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April 20, 2014