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Six Questions

Inside C Street: Six Questions for Jeff Sharlet

Harper’s contributing editor Jeff Sharlet is the only journalist to report on the Family’s C Street power base on Capitol Hill from the inside. Now he has updated his reporting…

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Reconsidering Nietzsche: Six Questions for Julian Young

Julian Young is a well-known scholar of nineteenth- and twentieth-century German philosophy. I put six questions to him about his new book, Friedrich Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography. 1. Most books…

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My Trip to Al Qaeda: Six Questions for Lawrence Wright

Author Lawrence Wright has gained acclaim for his penetrating studies of Arab terrorists, from the Muslim Brotherhood to Al Qaeda. His work, regularly featured in The New Yorker, has included…

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None of Us Were Like This Before: Six Questions for Joshua Phillips

Earlier this year, Joshua Phillips received the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for his 2008 American Radio Works documentary What Killed Sergeant Gray. Now he’s developed that story in a…

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Rules for Drone Wars: Six Questions for Philip Alston

Last week the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, NYU law professor Philip G. Alston, issued a study on targeted killings in which he exhaustively reviewed…

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Not for Profit: Six Questions for Martha Nussbaum

Is America making a mistake by orienting its education system towards national economic gain? In her new book, Not for Profit, University of Chicago philosopher Martha Nussbaum makes the case…

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Afghanistan: Six Questions for Thomas Barfield

Boston University anthropology professor Thomas Barfield is one of America’s foremost authorities on Afghanistan, a country he first visited over forty years ago as a student. He has just published…

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Six Questions for Alex Gibney on Casino Jack

Alex Gibney heads Jigsaw Productions and is the executive producer, director, and writer of the new movie “Casino Jack and the United States of Money,” which tells the story of…

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The End of the Free Market: Six Questions for Ian Bremmer

Ian Bremmer is one of Wall Street’s leading political risk analysts and consultants and the president of Eurasia Group. In his new book, The End of the Free Market, he…

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“I Challenge Marc Thiessen”: Six Questions for Malcolm Nance

An Arabic-speaking counterterrorism expert and a combat veteran with twenty-eight years of operational experience in the Middle East, Malcolm Nance has now published a sweeping new strategic proposal for engaging…

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The Law of Armed Conflict: Six Questions for Gary Solis

Cambridge University Press has just issued Gary Solis’s The Law of Armed Conflict, a comprehensive and current treatment of one of the most controversial legal topics. Solis teaches at Georgetown…

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Inside Central Asia: Six Questions for Dilip Hiro

With unrest and another revolution in Kyrgyzstan, the Central Asian region is back in the news. I put six questions to Dilip Hiro, one of the region’s most prominent observers,…

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Six Questions for Mac McClelland on Burma

Mac McClelland writes “The Rights Stuff” blog for Mother Jones magazine and her work has also appeared in The Nation, GQ South Africa, Hustler, and other publications. She is the…

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Talking To Terrorists: Six Questions for Mark Perry

Mark Perry is a journalist and author who focuses on the military and the intelligence community and particularly on their engagement with the Middle East. I put six questions to…

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Six Questions for Richard Posner on Capitalism and Crisis

Richard Posner has been a judge on the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals since Ronald Reagan appointed him to that position in 1981. He is also a senior lecturer…

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Is International Law Really Law? Six Questions for Michael Scharf

Neoconservative legal scholars and their allies argue aggressively that international law isn’t really law because the nations who make it–through treaties and conventions and by practice–don’t really treat it as…

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The Bloody White Baron: Six Questions for James Palmer

James Palmer, a British writer who lives in Beijing and has a fascination for all things Mongolian, has produced a captivating biography of Baron Roman von Ungern-Sternberg, a Baltic nobleman…

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Six Questions for Peter Hessler About Driving in China

Peter Hessler is a staff writer at the New Yorker, where he served as Beijing correspondent from 2000 to 2007. Harper Collins just released his latest book, Country Driving, which…

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Tear Down This Myth: Six Questions for Will Bunch

Will Bunch is an award-winning senior writer for the Philadelphia Daily News and a senior fellow with Media Matters for America. His latest book, Tear Down This Myth: The Right-Wing…

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Justice: Six Questions for Michael Sandel

Harvard professor Michael J. Sandel teaches one of the most popular courses on campus. Entitled “Justice,” it asks students to engage questions about the society in which they live in…

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Six Questions for Dr. Michael Baden: The Guantánamo autopsies

Dr. Michael Baden, the former chief medical examiner for New York City, was host of the HBO series Autopsy and is the forensic science contributor to Fox News. I furnished…

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Six Questions for Rachid Mesli: The missing throats

Rachid Mesli is the legal director of Alkarama, a Geneva-based organization that documents human rights abuses throughout the Arab world. After Ahmed Ali Al-Salami died at Guantánamo Naval Base in…

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Six Questions for Gregory Johnsen on Yemen

Gregory Johnsen, a former Fulbright Fellow in Yemen, is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. Johnsen co-runs the website Waq al-Waq with Brian O’Neill, a…

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Does the Constitution Follow the Flag?: Six Questions for Kal Raustiala

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently noted that, although one might assume that the Bill of Rights follows and limits the conduct of American officials wherever they go, “that is not…

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Six Questions for John Scott-Railton on Cambodia

While completing a master’s degree at the University of Michigan, John Scott-Railton helped develop “participatory mapping” projects aimed at protecting the fragile property rights of poor families living in Phnom…

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Thinking in Dark Times: Six Questions for Roger Berkowitz

Fordham University Press has just put out Thinking in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics, a collection of papers from a conference convened at Bard College to mark…

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¡Obámanos!: Six Questions for Hendrik Hertzberg

A former speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter, Hendrik Hertzberg is the principal political commentator at The New Yorker. He has just published ¡Obámanos!, a collection of short pieces written in…

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The Guantánamo Lawyers: Six Questions for Mark Denbeaux and Jonathan Hafetz

Seton Hall Law Professor Mark Denbeaux and Jonathan Hafetz of the ACLU are two of the leading members of the “Guantánamo Bar Association”—the group of private and military lawyers who…

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