Brookings Review

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

Articles from Vol. 12, No. 4, Fall

Americans Who Don't Give a Damn
This November, in what many expect to be the most significant midterm congressional election since the Watergate year, 1974, two out of three eligible Americans will not vote. This stunning fact of non-participation in the simplest, easiest, and most...
A Strong China: Is the United States Ready?
East Asians don't know quite what to make of China these days. Their expanding involvement in China's rapidly growing economy is making them rich. But it is also helping to make China strong. Leaders in Beijing are already claiming border areas and offshore...
Clinton's Foreign Policy Woes: A Way Out
Since coming into office, President Clinton has been under near-constant attack for his handling of the crises in Bosnia, North Korea, Somalia, and Haiti. Ironically, the problem is not his substantive policy decisions--which, indeed, many of his critics...
GATT: Where Are the Trumpets?
The recently completed Uruguay Round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade is a landmark achievement that deserves far more general recognition and discussion than it has received. Unlike the seven earlier GATT agreements, which focused rather...
Global Change: Increasing Economic Integration and Eroding Political Sovereignty
Two fundamental facts characterize the political and economic structure of thc world at the end of the 20th century. First, the world is, and for the foreseeable future will be, organized politically into nation-states with sovereign governments. Second,...
"Hollow" Forces?: Current Issues of U.S. Military Readiness and Effectiveness
Recent fears expressed by Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and others about dramatic declines in the readiness of U.S. military forces echo concerns voiced widely toward the end of the 1970s. At that time, apprehensions about America's "hollow force" centered...
Industrial Sea Change; How Changes in Keiretsu Are Opening the Japanese Market
KEIRETSU. Americans have spilled much ink trying to come to grips with the cooperative business structure that links Japanese companies into industrial groups and that, Americans widely believe, keeps U.S. companies out of the Japanese market. Many strategies...
Making America's Schools Work
This Time Money Is Not the Answer No one is happy with America's schools. Students, parents, politicians all call for schools to do a better job. The news media regularly report the failures of U. S. education, whether in the poor showing of American...
Paychecks or Welfare Checks: Can AFDC Recipients Support Themselves?
All welfare reform proposals now being considered by Congress aim to move recipients of Aid to Families with Dependent Children off the welfare rolls and into the workforce. Most proponents of reform hope to accomplish this goal within clearly defined...
Peace in Civil War: A Dilemma
Though one is a world emblem of genocide and the other of reconciliation, both Rwanda and South Africa highlight a moral and practical dilemma for the international community in dealing with civil war: the pursuit of accountability of those responsible...
Promises, Promises: Will America's National Parks Be Preserved?
As another summer fades, so does political attention to the plight of America's national parks. Last spring, as the thoughts of millions of Americans turned to the cool mountain air and fresh, clear streams of their parks, the Clinton administration's...
Reality Check: The Trouble with Scenario-Based Military Planning
During the Cold War, "scenario-based" military planning was something of a religion in Washington. We created contingency scenarios that demanded to access to airfields across all of central Africa for power projection to the Middle East, or that mandated...
Somebody's Children: Expanding Educational Opportunities for All America's Children
LAST FEBRUARY, IN A SPEECH on the "State of American Education," Secretary of Education Richard Riley gave America's schools a mixed report card. Some schools, he said, are "excellent, some are improving, some have the remarkable capacity to change for...