Amitai is a University Professor and Professor of International Relations at The George Washington University. He can be reached by e-mail at His most recent book, Foreign Policy: Thinking Outside the Box, was published by Routledge for Chatham House’s “Insights” series. Amitai’s five failed missions and one relatively successful one are detailed in his memoir My Brother’s Keeper. He served in the White House and taught at Columbia University, Harvard, and Berkeley. His leading current cause is avoiding war with China.

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Reviewing The Public Professor by M.V. Lee Badgett, NYU Press, 2016 The United States has allowed very few Syrian refugees to enter the country. The Republicans argue that they all pose a security risk; and, the Democrats respond that several screening procedures—employed by the FBI, CIA, the State Department, and immigration authorities—are …

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