' Interesting Times ' Is Now Available Online
" Daddy, what did you do in The Gulf War?"
" My duty , child- I gave fair warning about the next one."
In 1993 Harvard's Center For International Affairs published four "Working Papers" outlining the "Project On The Changing Security Environment And America's National Interests" of its John M.Olin Institute For Strategic Studies.
You may have heard of Number Four, " The Clash Of Civilizations " , by then director Samuel Huntington. I wrote Number Two " Interesting Times ", explaining why I expected Bad Things to happen as the globalization of high tech gave villains, terrorists and failed states ever greater access to the Wrong Stuff.
The Pentagon think-tanks and the War Colleges snapped up most of the hard copies, and Tom Clancy used one as a backgrounder for Sum Of All Fears, and a Washington Post Op-Ed we coauthored entitled "Nuclear Ubiquity ." Only now have Harvard's belabored librarians got around to rendering the whole thing in electronic form. Here it is, as a PDF.
In the grim light of how Dpl.Ing Muhammad al Atta applied his newly acquired engineering skills to the late World Trade Center, it seems almost sufficiently pessimistic about the potential blowback from America and Europe furnishing thousand of advanced degrees to all comers from the Middle East-- Download seitz_harvard_terrorism_report_q6hx29v.pdf