Tara McKelvey

Tara McKelvey, a senior editor at the Prospect, is a research fellow at NYU School of Law's Center on Law and Security and the author of Monstering: Inside America’s Policy on Secret Interrogations and Torture in the Terror War.

Recent Articles

Hillary Clinton in Moscow.

The Russians have told Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton that they are not keen on imposing new
sanctions against Iran in order to thwart its efforts to develop
nuclear weapons,reports The New York Times . This
should not come as a surprise, since the Russians have shown
signs that they were not particularly enthusiastic about the prospect,
but American officials seemed to think that the Russians
would agree in the end. That now seems even more unlikely.

Russia, Iran, and Nukes.

Are Russian nuclear scientists helping
Iranians build a nuclear warhead? For years, people have been
concerned that Russian scientists would take off and help some rogue
country, whether Iran or North Korea, develop weapons. As David
Hoffman
, author of The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold
War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy
, said in an online
Washington Post chat,
officials in other countries had indeed tried to lure Russian
scientists, and on one occasion a busload of Russian scientists,
headed for North Korea, had been stopped at the airport. Today,

Journalism in Russia.

One of the problems that journalists -- both foreign and Russian -- have while working in Moscow is one of perception. Namely, journalists believe that they are working in an environment in which they can report the news fairly and impartially without being penalized for their work. Sadly, that has not been the case in recent years, and two new incidents underscore that reality.

The Specter of Containment

Should we approach today's nuclear threats using Cold War policy?

George Kennan, member of the State Department Policy Planning Staff, sits at this desk on June 25, 1947. (AP Photo/John Rooney)

Throughout his life, George Kennan felt a great love for the Russian people. He was an admirer of Anton Chekhov's plays and enjoyed taking long walks in the Russian countryside. However, he had no illusions about their despotic leaders. During the Stalinist trials, Kennan worked as an interpreter for the U.S. ambassador and witnessed "the dictator's madness and demonic suspicion," writes Nicholas Thompson in his new book, The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War

Evasive Maneuvers

Journalists learn what to do if they're captured in Afghanistan -- or rural Virginia.

(Eric Palma)

How do you dress for an abduction?

That was the question on my mind as I prepared for my first day of kidnapping school -- or, as it is officially known, Centurion Risk Assessment Services' Hostile Environment and First Aid Course, a weekend-long training program designed to prepare foreign correspondents and aid workers for the worst. I had been told to wear old, comfortable clothes and eventually settled on a black top and Lululemon yoga pants. If they were good enough for a downward-facing dog, they would probably work in a hostage situation.

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