December 1, 2005  

In this issue

Aaron Friedberg (“What the United States wants”) is professor of politics and international affairs at the Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School. He is the author of “The Weary Titan: Britain and the Experience of Relative Decline, 1895-1905” and “In the Shadow of the Garrison State: America’s Anti-Statism and Its Cold War Grand Strategy.”

Christopher Griffin (“Transforming the alliance”) is a researcher in the Asian studies department of the American Enterprise Institute. He moved to AEI in January from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he was a research assistant in the strategic studies department.

Hideaki Kaneda (“What the Japanese military needs”) is a senior research adviser on national security at the Mitsubishi Research Institute. He also serves as director of the Okazaki Institute. He previously was a senior fellow at the Asia Center at Harvard University. Since retiring at the rank of vice admiral from the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, he has published extensively on international security affairs, including theater missile defense and maritime coalition defense.

Christian Lowe (“Spec ops Marines”) is a staff writer for Marine Corps Times, where he covers strategy, ground warfare, special operations and technology.

William Matthews (Inside the Beltway; “Price break”) is a staff writer for Defense News, where he covers Congress and homeland security issues.

Robert Perito (“Hearts and minds model?”) is coordinator of the U.S. Institute of Peace’s Afghanistan Experience Project. Before joining the institute, he served as deputy director of the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program at the Justice Department. He previously was a career Foreign Service officer with the State Department. He has taught at Princeton, American and George Mason universities.

Ralph Peters (“The sleeping service”) is a retired Army officer and the author, most recently, of “New Glory: Expanding America’s Global Supremacy.”

Michael Scheuer (“Osama bin Laden: a ‘worthy enemy’”) is a former CIA analyst and the “anonymous” author of “Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror.”

Loren Thompson (“Finesse trumps firepower”) is chief operating officer of the Lexington Institute, a public-policy research organization. For 20 years, he has taught graduate-level courses at Georgetown University in military strategy, new technology and the media. He also has taught classes at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.