Evangelicals and Israel: The Story of American Christian Zionismby STEPHEN SPECTOR

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  • Evangelicals and Israel: The Story of American Christian Zionism by STEPHEN SPECTORReview by: WALTER RUSSELL MEADForeign Affairs, Vol. 88, No. 1 (January/February 2009), pp. 189-190Published by: Council on Foreign RelationsStable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20699458 .Accessed: 14/06/2014 19:08

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    Article Contentsp. 189p. 190

    Issue Table of ContentsForeign Affairs, Vol. 88, No. 1 (January/February 2009), pp. 1-40, 1-10, 41-76, 1-16, 77-160, 1-4, 161-202Front MatterFinancial FalloutThe Great Crash, 2008: A Geopolitical Setback for the West [pp. 2-14]From Doha to the Next Bretton Woods: A New Multilateral Trade Agenda [pp. 15-26]

    EssaysA Balanced Strategy: Reprogramming the Pentagon for a New Age [pp. 28-40]Beyond Iraq: A New U.S. Strategy for the Middle East [pp. 41-58]Change They Can Believe In: To Make Israel Safe, Give Palestinians Their Due [pp. 59-68, 70-76]The Myth of the Autocratic Revival: Why Liberal Democracy Will Prevail [pp. 77-93]America's Edge: Power in the Networked Century [pp. 94-113]In the Shadow of the Oval Office: The Next National Security Adviser [pp. 114-129]The Responsibility to Contain: Protecting Sovereignty Under International Law [pp. 130-147]Where Are the Civilians? How to Rebuild the U.S. Foreign Service [pp. 148-160]

    Reviews &ResponsesReview EssayThe Making of a Mess: Who Broke Global Finance, and Who Should Pay for It? [pp. 162-168]Presumed Innocent: Lessons of the Past for the New Middle East [pp. 169-175]

    ResponseA Broader Agenda: Beyond Bush-Era Foreign Policy [pp. 176-181]

    Recent Books on International RelationsPolitical and LegalReview: untitled [pp. 182-182]Review: untitled [pp. 182-183]Review: untitled [pp. 183-183]Review: untitled [pp. 183-184]Review: untitled [pp. 184-184]

    Economic, Social, and EnvironmentalReview: untitled [pp. 184-185]Review: untitled [pp. 185-185]Review: untitled [pp. 185-185]Review: untitled [pp. 185-186]Review: untitled [pp. 186-186]

    Military, Scientific, and TechnologicalReview: untitled [pp. 186-187]Review: untitled [pp. 188-188]Review: untitled [pp. 188-188]

    The United StatesReview: untitled [pp. 188-189]Review: untitled [pp. 189-189]Review: untitled [pp. 189-190]Review: untitled [pp. 190-190]Review: untitled [pp. 190-190]Review: untitled [pp. 190-191]

    Western EuropeReview: untitled [pp. 191-191]Review: untitled [pp. 192-192]Review: untitled [pp. 192-192]Review: untitled [pp. 193-193]Review: untitled [pp. 193-194]

    Western HemisphereReview: untitled [pp. 194-194]Review: untitled [pp. 194-195]Review: untitled [pp. 195-195]Review: untitled [pp. 195-195]

    Eastern Europe and Former Soviet RepublicsReview: untitled [pp. 196-196]Review: untitled [pp. 196-196]Review: untitled [pp. 196-197]Review: untitled [pp. 197-197]Review: untitled [pp. 197-198]Review: untitled [pp. 198-198]

    Middle EastReview: untitled [pp. 198-198]Review: untitled [pp. 198-199]Review: untitled [pp. 199-199]Review: untitled [pp. 199-200]Review: untitled [pp. 200-200]

    AfricaReview: untitled [pp. 200-201]Review: untitled [pp. 201-202]Review: untitled [pp. 202-202]

    FOR THE RECORD [pp. 202-202]Back Matter

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