Brookings Review

Quarterly magazine focuses on economic, political and foreign policy issues.

Articles from Vol. 13, No. 4, Fall

Atomic Audit: What the U.S. Nuclear Arsenal Has Cost
Since the U.S. government committed itself, in 1940, to exploring the feasibility of using atomic energy as a weapon, it has incurred costs of at least $4 trillion for its nuclear arsenal--more than one-quarter of all military spending since World War...
Both Judge and Party: Why Congressional Ethics Committees Are Unethical
Congress is suffering an embarrassment of ethics. It has taken action on more ethics cases in recent years than ever before, but its actions have also provoked more criticism than ever before. Some of the criticism, especially the implication that the...
Building a Better Tax System: Can a Consumption Tax Deliver the Goods?
Tax reform, a perennial topic in policy circles, has taken on a dramatic new edge. Several recent congressional proposals would scrap the personal and corporate income taxes and replace them with a consumption tax. Any of these proposals would represent...
Cutting Government: Making Sense of Federal Reform
The optimistic effort launched by the Clinton administration in 1993 to "reinvent government" turned abruptly, in the wake of the 1994 midterm congressional elections, into a political race to "raze government." During the first six months of this...
Dead-End Jobs: A Way Out
Millions of Americans work full-thee, year- round in jobs that still leave them stranded in poverty. Though they pound the pavement looking for better jobs, they consistently come up empty-handed. Many of these workers are in our nation's inner cities....
Mopping Up: A Foreboding Victory in the Balkans
Nothing, succeeds like success. The Croatian military offensive early last August to take control of two United Nations protected areas and the abject defeat and flight of the Serb population there completely transformed perceptions of the Yugoslav...
Putting Social Security to Work: How to Restore the Balance between Generations
HOW SECURE IS SOCIAL SECURITY? More and more Americans are beginning to wonder. Many younger Americans, in particular, profess to believe that they will never collect any benefits. And the 1994 trustee report on the Social Security system would...
The United States and Middle East Peace: The Case for Arbitrating Israeli-Palestinian Disputes
The Palestinian-Israeli Declaration of Principles agreement (DOP) of September 1993 shattered a long-standing axiom of Middle East diplomacy: that Arab-Israeli peace agreements can be achieved only through U.S. leadership. Although President Clinton...
Unrealized Promise, Avoidable Trouble: The Unwitting Drift of International Security
IN THEIR RHETORICAL BATTLES OF LATE, proponents of a new world order have generally been routed by the skeptics. The verbal drubbing has been virtually assured by the evident inability of the international community to defend the most fundamental legal...
Who's in Charge Here? National Security and the Contract with America
Since its publication during the 1994 congressional campaign, the Republican Contract with America has dominated the nation's political agenda. Because the congressional election focused mainly on domestic political issues, not much attention was...