Anne-Marie Slaughter

Anne-Marie Slaughter is the Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and Co-Director of the Princeton Project on National Security.

Recent Articles

Concrete Policies Based on Concrete Values

The case for building our public policy on our professed beliefs. A response to Ezra Klein's "Overvaluing American Values."

When I read Ezra Klein's review of my book, The Idea That Is America: Keeping Faith with Our Values in a Dangerous World , I had two immediate reactions. First, the neo-cons have truly won if their legacy is to leave Democrats talking about competence and Republicans talking about values. Second, much as I respect him, I hope that Klein is not advising any Democratic presidential candidates. I find Klein's manifesto deeply depressing. "I'm fed up with values," he writes. "Entirely. They've failed this country. As a lodestar, there is none worse." He wants "a foreign policy vision that builds [not] from a foundation of values, but from one of consequences ." He can't really be serious -- a vision based entirely on consequences is one in which the ends will always justify the means. It is a vision that means if anyone can show empirically the effectiveness of certain kinds of torture at extracting information useful in fighting terrorist networks, torture should be permitted. Or if, as...

The Partial Rule of Law

Slobodan Milosevic is in the dock for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. For all the delays and procedural maneuvering, his trial marks a milestone in the extraordinary development of international criminal law from Nuremberg forward. In addition to the International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, tribunals composed of national and international judges are operating in East Timor and Sierra Leone and being negotiated in Cambodia. And, if all goes as planned, Saddam Hussein will soon be tried in Iraq, by his own people, for national and international crimes. From the role of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson at Nuremberg to U.S. leadership in creating and funding the Yugoslavia and Rwanda tribunals, the United States has been the indispensable nation in holding others to account. We have been the prime mover in transforming state liability into individual liability, a trend that will ultimately reshape the core premises of international...

Tougher Than Terror:

The debate over military tribunals has been largely conducted in terms of the trade-offs between national security and civil liberties. But this debate has tended to obscure an equally important issue: How does the question of where to try accused terrorists fit into the larger goals of fighting terrorism? The Bush administration has tried to prepare the public for a protracted new cold war, punctuated by occasional hot wars. New hot phases of the war on terrorism could take place in any state deemed to be supporting global terrorism--a list that might include Somalia, Sudan, Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Yemen, and Syria. Yet because of the nature of terrorist acts, a war on terrorism must be fought not simply against states but also against individuals. So a protracted war against terror must combine military force with the resources of the criminal-justice system. And this exercise must be multilateral in two complementary senses: Military campaigns and their aftermath require the...