Science and Foreign Policy

Every issue explores cutting-edge developments in technology, medicine, education, climate change, and much more. Articles provide in-depth analyses of science and technology’s impact on public policy, the economy, and society—bringing today’s best minds to bear on tomorrow’s most critical topics.

Editor's Journal

  • The Merits of Meritocracy

    The nation must think through its contradictory attitudes toward academic achievement. On May 17, 1999, the Wall Street Journal reported on the disappearing valedictorian. One of the side effects of high-school grade… Read More

From the Hill

  • From the Hill – Summer 1999

    Lab access restrictions sought in wake of Chinese espionage reports In the wake of reports detailing the alleged theft by China of U.S. nuclear and military technology, bills have been introduced that… Read More



Real Numbers

Book Reviews

  • Fashionable Nonsense book cover

    In Defense of Science

    Since the publication in 1994 of Higher Superstition: The Academic Left and Its Quarrels with Science by Paul R. Gross and Norman Levitt, a debate has opened up between critics of science,… Read More
  • Limited by Design book cover by Michael Crow

    Making Sense of the National Labs

    In a previous professional life as a systematic biologist, my taxonomy professors drilled into me the concept that taxonomy is not an end in itself. To be meaningful, systems of classification have… Read More
  • The Ultimate Terrorists Book Cover

    The Terrorist Threat

    Terrorism has increasingly become a major security concern for the United States. In the past several years, we have witnessed bombings at the Olympics Games in Atlanta, a federal building in Oklahoma… Read More
  • America's Achilles' Heel

    Countering Terrorism

    In this thoughtful and provocative book, Richard A. Falkenrath, Robert D. Newman, and Bradley A. Thayer argue that although the United States is well prepared to meet military threats from even the… Read More
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