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Commentary on “Conditions for Success and Failures of Denial and Deception: Democratic Regimes” — October 4, 2002
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This article provides commentary on an essay written by Mr. Walt Jajko. Mr. Jajko’s essay was itself a commentary on an article published in the book, Strategic Denial and Deception, the Twenty First Century Challenge, that was edited by Roy Godson and James J. Wirtz and published by Transaction Publishers (2002).

Mr. Jajko was formerly assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Oversight and director, Special Advisory Staff, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy within the United States Government (USG).

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IBPP Research Associates: Botswana — October 4, 2002
Batsho Nthoi

This article - Brilliant Spirit Award for teenage citizens, by Batsho Nthoi - was posted on the 9/25/2002 issue of The Botswana Gazette online. It has not been provided in Scholarly Commons because copyright permissions were not available.

The article discussed the Brilliant Spirit Award for volunteer service and leadership qualities among teenagers in Botswana. The Sir Seretse and Lady Khama Brilliant Spirit Award is an endeavour by the 'Sponsor a Child Trust Fund' to sustain the spirit of volunteerism, self reliance as well as individual and collective integrity among the people of Botswana.

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Trends. If You're So Right, Why Are We Sure You're So Wrong? Iraq, Free Riders, and Social Loafing — October 4, 2002
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This Trends article discusses and evaluates public discourse surrounding the acceptability of militarily invading Iraq through a social psychological perspective. In social psychology, the research tradition for constructs such as free-riding and social loafing suggests that, wittingly or unwittingly, many political actors assume that the United States will act to address actual political threats in a certain way, and that they (the other political actors) can adopt contrarian ideological stances because they don’t have to address those same threats.

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Trends. The Psychology of Self-Preemptive Language and Action: Iraq and Weapons of Mass Destruction — October 4, 2002
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This Trends article discusses the difficulties the Bush Administration encountered when attempting to sell the invasion of Iraq to the rest of the world. Language, action, and global perceptions are discussed.