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America's War on Terrorism: Where Do We Go from Here?

Columbia University's Institute of War and Peace Studies hosted a roundtable, "America's War on Terrorism: Where Do We Go From Here?" Panelists included three Columbia faculty: ROBERT JERVIS, a specialist in Russian foreign policy and international politics, RICHARD BETTS, who has served as a consultant to the National Security Council and the Central Intelligence Agency and is director of the Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and WARNER SCHILLING, an expert in military policy and military technology.

Richard Betts

Once the campaign in Afghanistan has ended how will the war on terrorism proceed? According to Richard Betts, although President Bush has put Saddam Hussein on notice about inspections, the effort to topple Saddam may not prove worth the effort if there is no evidence linking Iraq to the attacks of Sept.11. Betts also evaluated the possible constraints on civil liberties, which must be distinguished--reduced privacy is reasonable at this time, but the suppression of the freedom of speech would not be. He discussed the current proposals for war tribunals, which need to be revised to include the right of appeal among other things.

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Robert Jervis

The Bush administration's anti-terrorism campaign is based on the President's desire to "eliminate evil from the world." This is a difficult foreign policy to realize, said Richard Jervis, assessing a military campaign against Iraq as logistically impossible and the President's "whole-hearted support for Israel's Sharon as alienating Islamic, pro-Islamic and many third world countries."

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Warren Schilling

Is Iraq the next front? The Bush administration must address its objective of rooting out terrorism in the rest of the world as the Afghan campaign comes to an end, said Warren Schilling. He contended, however, that the administration's commitment to end terrorism cannot and will not be undertaken as the next front would most likely be Iraq for which there is no coalition support.

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Published: Dec 18, 2001
Last modified:Sep 18, 2002