JAMES A. NATHAN is Khaled bin Sultan Eminent Scholar and Professor of International Relations at Auburn University, Montgomery. A former foreign service officer, he has taught at the Army War College and the Navy War College and lectured widely to professional, military, and diplomatic audiences worldwide. He is the author of seven books on U.S. foreign and security policy, and has published articles in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, World Politics, The Nation, and other popular and scholarly publications. He is director of the Alabama World Affairs Council and a long-time member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His most recent book is Anatomy of the Cuban Missile Crisis (Greenwood, 2000).