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December 31, 2012

“Etzioni provides a perspective that will remain relevant and useful for years to come." —Nikolas K. Gvosdev, senior editor, The National Interest

Law in a New Key: Essays on Law and Society

December 31, 2010

A book for thoughtful readers–and not particularly lawyers or scholars of law and society–who are engaged in the issues of the day and want something other than “easy” answers from the right and left.

New Common Ground: A New America, A New World

December 31, 2009

Race, age, political affiliation, country of origin, native language—too often Americans define themselves, and are defined, by the differences that separate them. But if the 2008 presidential campaign has taught us anything, it is that we as a people want to look beyond these divisions to the values and interests that unite us. New Common Ground embodies this zeitgeist, showing the ways that traditional boundaries among ethnic groups, political ideologies, and generations are blurring, and how to hasten the process.

Security First: For a Muscular, Moral Foreign Policy

December 31, 2007

“Rarely have more profound changes in American foreign policy been called for than today,” begins Amitai Etzioni in the preface to this book. Yet Etzioni’s concern is not to lay blame for past mistakes but to address the future: What can now be done to improve U.S. relations with the rest of the world?"

The Limits of Privacy

December 31, 1999

"Etzioni can always be counted on to pose thoughtful challenges to conventional wisdom. His new book, The Limits of Privacy, which advocates a balancing approach to privacy, does not disappoint." -Alan Dershowitz

Moral Dimension: Toward A New Economics

December 31, 1988

"The Moral Dimension: Toward A New Economics is at the leading edge of social thoguht in this coutnry. It may be the most important book of the year." - John Gardner

Latest Publications

"China: A 'Strategic Threat'?The Diplomat. 5 March 2018.

"#MeToo: America's Fasting-Changing ConversationThe National Interest. 14 February 2018.

"Out of Many, One: Really?" [Video] New York Encounter, with Mark Lilla. 7 February 2018.

"The Theoretical Implications of 'High Rent'Sociological Forum. 8 February 2018.

"How to Give Up the Electronic Ghost and Get Back to ShabbatNational Interest. 6 January 2018.

WUSA9 TV Interview on North Korea. 1 January 2018.

"How Can America Deal with Its Sexual Harrassment Problem?National Interest. 17 December 2017.

"America's Enduring Bacha Bazi Problem in AfghanistanNational Interest. 7 December 2017.

"Notes for Antifa from a Former 'Terrorist'" Boston Review. 29 November 2017.

"Congress Acts Like It's above the LawNational Interest. 28 November 2017.

"Why Saudi Arabia's Regional Power Plays Won't Lead to WarNational Interest. 17 November 2017.

"China--a Reluctant Global Power?The Diplomat. 16 November 2017.

"Turn Health Insurance Subsidies into Health Insurance VouchersWashington Examiner. 13 November 2017.

"Why Niger Proves America's Counterterrorism Tactics Are FailingNational Interest. 11 November 2017.

China Global TV Network interview. CGTN. 8 November 2017.

"Is America Losing Credibility with the Middle East?National Interest. 26 October 2017.

"The Moral Wrestler: Ignored by MaslowSociety. 18 October 2017.

"An Open Letter to Jeff BezosQuartz. 29 September 2017.

"The Shame of MyanmarThe Diplomat. 24 September 2017.

"Can America Convince China to Subdue a Nuclear North Korea?National Interest. 23 September 2017.

"Donald Trump and the Art of Foreign Policy BluffingNational Interest. 11 September 2017.

"China and India: A Lesson in Conflict ResolutionThe Diplomat. 31 August 2017.

"US Policy on North KoreaCSPAN. 28 August 2017. 

"THAAD: Best a Bargaining ChipThe Diplomat. 10 August 2017.

"Etzioni's Democratic PlatformHuffington Post. 28 July 2017.

"Wanted: A Give-and-Take Diplomacy for the North Korea CrisisNational Interest. 17 July 2017.

"Needed: A China PolicyChina-US Focus. 14 July 2017.

"North Korea: For Now Change Behavior, Not RegimeThe Diplomat. 14 July 2017.

BBC interview on US, China, and North Korea. Impact with Yalda Hakim. 7 July 2017.

"Cyber TrustJournal of Business Ethics. 7 July 2017.

"Time to Say Goodbye to AfghanistanNational Interest. 2 July 2017.

"Amitai Etzioni on Avoiding War with China" (interview) Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. 29 June 2017.

"Job Collapse on the Road to New AthensChallenge. 29 June 2017.

"Should Artificial Intelligence Be Regulated?Issues in Science and Technology. 27 June 2017.

"Are China and the United States Headed for War?" (review of Avoiding War with China) New Yorker. 19 June 2017.

"A Closer Look with Arthur Levitt: Amitai Etzioni" (interview) Bloomberg Radio. 15 June 2017.

"America Needs a Foreign Policy that Doesn't Center on Regime ChangeNational Interest. 14 June 2017.

"South China Sea: The One Move Chess PlayerThe Diplomat. 26 May 2015. 

"Economic Insecurity: A Major ConcernHuffington Post. 29 April 2015. 

"Majority of Americans Exhibit 'Economic Insecurity'" Roll Call. 27 April 2015.  

"Mearsheimer's War with ChinaThe Diplomat. 29 March 2015

"The Moral Ill Effects of Teaching EconomicsHuffington Post. 19 March 2015. 

"COIN: A Study of Strategic IllusionSmall Wars & Insurgencies. 5 March 2015.

"The Moral Effects of Economic TeachingSociological Forum. 2 March 2015.

"Limiting What Political Donors Can Get, Not GiveThe Hill. 13 February 2015.

"The Darker Side of the U.S.-India Nuclear Deal" The Diplomat. 13 February 2015. 

"Obama's Timid BudgetThe Atlantic. 5 February 2015. 

"Two Islams Are Better Than OneHuffington Post. 28 January 2015. 

"Assessing -- Threat AssessmentsHuffington Post. 21 January 2015. 

"Is the United States a 'Dangerous' Ally?The Diplomat. 20 January 2015.

"Start with 'Thou Shalt Not Kill'Huffington Post. 14 January 2015. 

"Corporations Undermine CybersecurityHuffington Post. 13 January 2015. 

"The Left's Unpopular PopulismThe Atlantic. 8 January 2015.

"Communitarianism RevisitedJournal of Political Ideologies. 3 January 2015. 

"No Limits to Freedom of the Press?Huffington Post. 22 December 2014.

"Debating the ACLU: Advocacy vs. Policy AnalysisHuffington Post. 16 December 2014

"The Band of Little Big Brothers: the privacy merchants" Daily Journal26 November 2014.

"It's Economic Insecurity, StupidHuffington Post. 18 November 2014. 

"How to Fix Campaign FinanceDaily Journal . 27 October 2014.

"Air Sea Battle: A Case Study in Structural Inattention and Subterranean ForcesArmed Forces and Society, 15 September 2014

"Grant Kurdistan Arms and IndependenceThe Diplomat. 14 August 2014.  

"Hillary Clinton's China PolicyThe Diplomat. 6 August 2014.

"Treating Rationality as a Continuous Variable" Society, (2014) 51:393–400

"Should We Go Back To The Moon?" US News. 21 July 2014.

"Facebook's Experiment: Trivial Pursuit" The Huffington Post. 8 July 2014.

"The Cantonization of Iraq" The Huffington Post. 3 July 2014.

"Repeated Assaults--And No Remedies" The Huffington Post. 18 June 2014.

"China and the U.S.: Whose Strategic Mistake?" The Diplomat, 6 June 2014.

"Time to Wean Europe From American Welfare" The Huffington Post, 5 June 2014.

"The Census Bureau's Racial Straitjacket" The Wall Street Journal, 29 May 2014.

Strategic Reassurance: An Important Issue“ The Diplomat, 11 May 2014.

Gary Becker–A Giant“ The Huffington Post, 12 May 2014.

Strategic Reassurance: An Important Agenda“ The Diplomat, 11 May 2014.

Obama’s ‘Rebalancing’: A Fig Leaf“ The Diplomat, 26 April 2014.

Israel and Palestine: There’s Still Room at the Inn,” National Interest, 9 April 2014.

Don’t Sweat the Microagressions,” The Atlantic, 8 April 2014.

The Great Disruption,” Huffington Post, 6 March 2014.

Near East and Far East: Not So Distant,” The Diplomat, 3 March 2014.

Japan Should Follow – Germany,” The Diplomat, 6 February 2014.

Maligning Biden,” Huffington Post, 22 January 2014.

The Benefits of Being Clear on Taiwan,” The Diplomat, 17 January 2014.

For A Fair Society,” Huffington Post, 3 January 2014. 

A Three-Pronged Approach to the ADIZ,” The Diplomat, 17 December 2013.

It Takes A Village To Prevent A Crime,” Huffington Post, 12 November 2013.

A Syrian Approach – To Iran,” Huffington Post, 4 November 2013.

In Defense of Drones,” The Diplomat, 24 October, 2013.

MAR or War?” The Diplomat, 17 October, 2013.

Iran Opening: Keep It Simple,” The National Interest, 15 October, 2013.

A Proposal for Humble Decision-Making,” Businessweek, 11 October, 2013

Will the Court Pull All Stops?” The Huffington Post, 7 October, 2013.

The Tea Party Is Winning—the Liberal Agenda Is Being Suffocated,” The Atlantic, 24 September, 2013.

For a New Sino-American Relationship,” The Huffington Post, 23 September, 2013.

MAR: A Model for US-China Relations,” The Diplomat, 20 September, 2013.

Air-Sea Battle: A Dangerous Way to Deal With China,” The Diplomat, 3 September, 2013.

Secularism Can Save Egypt,” The National Interest, 13 August, 2013.

The Case for Keeping Whistleblowers Nervous,” The Atlantic, 8 August 2013.

An Israeli-Palestinian Commonwealth?” The Huffington Post, 23 July, 2013.

Unorthodox Questions About Leaks,” The Huffington Post, 17 July, 2013.

Road to Damascus Runs Through Tehran,” The National Interest, 17 July, 2013.

Demonstration Democracy,” The National Interest, 5 July, 2013.

Preparing to Go to War With China,” The Huffington Post, 2 July, 2013.

The Libertarian Alamo,” The Huffington Post, 20 June, 2013.

The Moral Minimum in Arming Rebels,” The National Interest, 11 June, 2013

What John Kerry Can Learn From John F. Kennedy,” The Atlantic, 6 June 2013.

The Realism of Richard Haass,” National Interest, 31 May, 2013.

The Danger of Overcorrecting on Terror,” National Interest, 29 May, 2013.

Charge American Terrorists With Treason,” The Atlantic, 24 May 2013.

Obama’s Brief,” Huffington Post, 22 May, 2013.

Why It Should Be Harder to Impeach the President,” The Atlantic, 16 May, 2013.

The Liberal Narrative is Broken, and Only Populism Can Fix It,” The Atlantic, 8 May, 2013.

Soft Syria Response Worse Than Inaction,” National Interest, 6 May, 2013.

Everything Libertarians and Liberals Get Wrong About Drones,” The Atlantic, 30 April, 2013.

Drones: Say It With Figures,” United Press International, 30 April, 2013

The Risk of Blurring the Red Lines,” National Interest, 26 April, 2013.

The Gun Debate I Lost,” Huffington Post, 25 April 2013.

The Reasonable Interrogation of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev,” National Interest, 23 April 2013.

Time For New Paradigms,” National Interest, 18 April 2013.

Israel — 65 Years Ago,” Huffington Post, 15 April 2013.

North Korea and U.S. Priorities,” National Interest, 15 April 2013. View Chinese translation.

How Conservatives Still Run America, Despite Losing Elections,” Salon, 5 April 2013.

Individualism vs. Social Science,” Huffington Post, 5 April 2013.

My Jihad: Just a Spiritual Journey?” Huffington Post, 28 March 2013.

We Need a Coffee Party,” Huffington Post, 11 March 2013.

Obama: Flailing,” Huffington Post, 20 March 2013.

China Might Negotiate Cybersecurity,” National Interest, 14 March 2013.

The Poisoned Chalice,” National Interest, 19 March 2013.

Cyberwar and the Private Sector,” National Interest, 5 March 2013.

Making An Enemy,” Huffington Post, 1 March 2013.

Is Gridlock a Conservative Victory?” National Interest, 22 February 2013.

Gun Control? We Need Domestic Disarmament,” The Huffington Post, 19 February 2013.

Climate Change? Don’t Hold Your Breath,” The Huffington Post, 5 February 2013.

The Big Eye Not In The Sky,” The Huffington Post, 23 January 2013.

Obama’s Foreign Policy: Three Stages of Hope,” The Huffington Post, 17 January 2013.

The Conservative ‘Party’ Dominates,” The Huffington Post, 11 January 2013.

The Conservatives Are Coming!“, The Huffington Post, 20 December 2012.

Gun-Free Homes and Communities,” The Huffington Post, 18 December 2012.