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Department of Political Science Records
(1983) Department of Political Science
The Department of Political Science Records include correspondence, annual reports, and degree program requirements. The records cover the department, its professors, and related programs between 1983 and 1985.
Reforming the Homeland Security Department is Unlikely
(Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), 2005-04-18) Eland, Ivan
Ivan Eland argues that reforming the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is unlikely due to poor incentive structures and political pressures. Despite Secretary Michael Chertoff's admission of intelligence failures and his pledge to prioritize risk-based funding, DHS continues to focus more on responding to attacks rather than preventing them. This is largely due to powerful local lobbies and Congressional representatives pushing for funds to improve local services under the guise of homeland security. Furthermore, the massive size and complexity of DHS, formed from 22 federal agencies, hinder effective intelligence sharing. Eland suggests that without genuine incentives for change, the imbalance and inefficiencies within DHS are likely to persist, potentially leading to another major security failure.
London Attacks Question Our Humanity
(Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), 2005-07-07) Khan, Muqtedar
In "London Attacks Question Our Humanity," Muqtedar Khan reflects on the July 7, 2005, terrorist attacks in London, drawing parallels to the 9/11 attacks. He expresses solidarity with the victims and calls for an end to the cycle of violence that threatens global peace and reconciliation. Khan condemns the terrorists' actions, which betray the principles of Islam, and highlights the broader impact of such violence on the moral fabric of civilization. He urges a reevaluation of how political and ideological goals are pursued, emphasizing the need to uphold the sacred value of life to prevent further tragedy and conflict.
Karen Hughes and American Muslims: Alliance against Extremism
(Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), 2005-09-12) Khan, Muqtedar
In "Karen Hughes and American Muslims: Alliance against Extremism," Muqtedar Khan discusses Karen Hughes' meeting with American Muslim leaders at the Islamic Society of North America convention. Hughes, a key advisor to President Bush, engaged in open dialogue, aiming to bridge gaps between American Muslims and the U.S. government. She introduced her strategy of Education, Empowerment, Engagement, and Exchanges, emphasizing the need for American Muslims to act as credible ambassadors for Islam. Despite initial skepticism, Muslim leaders were encouraged by her willingness to address Islamophobia and promote collaboration. Khan highlights that while Hughes' approach is promising, genuine changes in U.S. policies towards the Muslim world are essential for lasting progress.
Free Commerce vs. National Security: Is There Really a Contradiction?
(Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), 2005-03-21) Eland, Ivan
The article "Free Commerce vs. National Security: Is There Really a Contradiction?" by Ivan Eland examines the conflict between free trade and national security using the Bush administration's opposition to a proposed natural gas pipeline from Iran through Pakistan to India as a case study. The administration opposed the pipeline to isolate Iran, despite the pipeline's potential to foster economic development and peace in South Asia. Eland argues that free commerce can reduce conflict and promote Western values over time, while sanctions and military actions are often counterproductive. He calls for a more thoughtful approach to national security that embraces free trade as a means to enhance global stability.