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Edgar S. Furniss Book Award Winner
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Joshua Rovner
Fixing the Facts: National Security and the Politics of Intelligence
Friday, November 08, 2013, 12:30pm - 02:00pm
Mershon Center for International Security Studies
1501 Neil Ave. Columbus, OH 43201

Joshua Rovner

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Joshua Rovner  is the John Goodwin Tower Professor of International Politics and National Security and associate professor of political science at Southern Methodist University. He is also director of studies at the Tower Center for Political Studies at SMU, a interdisciplinary center for public and international affairs. Prior to joining SMU, he was a professor of strategy and policy at the U.S. Naval War College. 

Rovner is the author of Fixing the Facts: National Security and the Politics of Intelligence (Cornell University Press, 2011), which won the International Studies Association award for best book in security studies, as well as the Furniss Book Award from the Mershon Center. In addition to his work on intelligence and foreign policy, he writes widely on nuclear weapons and contemporary strategy.


In Fixing the Facts, Joshua Rovner explores the complex interaction between intelligence and policy and shines a spotlight on the problem of politicization. Major episodes in the history of American foreign policy have been closely tied to the manipulation of intelligence estimates. Rovner describes how the Johnson administration dealt with the intelligence community during the Vietnam War; how President Nixon and President Ford politicized estimates on the Soviet Union; and how pressure from the George W. Bush administration contributed to flawed intelligence on Iraq. He also compares the U.S. case with the British experience between 1998 and 2003, and demonstrates that high-profile government inquiries in both countries were fundamentally wrong about what happened before the war.


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