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B613?, Donna Roberts Jan 2020

B613?, Donna Roberts

International Bulletin of Political Psychology

Comment from IBPP Editor: Psychological research traditions relevant to this article include (1) magical thinking not as schizotypal indicator but as normative phenomenon, (2) the developmental sequence of primary omniscience followed by the paranoid-schizoid and depressive positions of Kleinian psychoanalysis, and (3) collective psychologies including the Jungian collective unconscious as exploitable by charismatic political leaders.

Author's abstract: Hollywood will always be Hollywood. There will always be ridiculous chase scenes, impossible rescues and implausible conspiracies, each accompanied by the proverbial warning, “Don’t try this at home.” But sometimes, when art seems to imitate life and aspects of the fantasy ...


Trump’S False ‘Realism’, Muhammad Ali Baig, Syed Sabir Muhammad Jan 2020

Trump’S False ‘Realism’, Muhammad Ali Baig, Syed Sabir Muhammad

International Bulletin of Political Psychology

Comment from IBPP Editor: One key challenge implicit in this article compromises interactions among formal political science definitions of realism and psychological constructions of realism, materialism, objectivism/subjectivism, empiricism, and idealism.

Authors' Abstract: Foreign policy pivoted upon realist principles has have remained a vital instrument to pursue, achieve, secure and sustain the policy objectives of a state. America being the liberal hegemonic state maintained ‘liberal hegemony’ since the end of the Second World War. Realists intended to adopt a realist foreign policy; however, ideologies like ‘American Exceptionalism’ dominated over the former. President Donald Trump opted for protectionism with the objective ...


Three Coins In The Fountain: The Mueller Report And Russian Active Measures, Editor Apr 2019

Three Coins In The Fountain: The Mueller Report And Russian Active Measures, Editor

International Bulletin of Political Psychology

This article identifies non-political elements of Russian Federation political warfare as inferred from the Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election.


The Giffords Shooting: Who’S The Fall Guy?, Editor Jan 2011

The Giffords Shooting: Who’S The Fall Guy?, Editor

International Bulletin of Political Psychology

The author explores the concept of ‘the fall guy’ from a political philosophical perspective.


The November 2010 Elections: Verification And Nuclear Weapons Reduction, Editor Nov 2010

The November 2010 Elections: Verification And Nuclear Weapons Reduction, Editor

International Bulletin of Political Psychology

The author discusses the results of the November 2010 elections in the United States (US), the transition of power between two very different Senates, and US participation in international treaties pertaining to nuclear weapons. Of note, are the roles of and problems with the idea of verification as per modern logical positivism.


In Drag On Drugs, Editor Oct 2010

In Drag On Drugs, Editor

International Bulletin of Political Psychology

Since commentators generally assert that the war on illegal and illicit drugs has been a failure, we should evaluate the assertion and, then, opine on why there is a war, winnable or not.


Fool For Love: The Psychology Of Security Violation, Editor Aug 2010

Fool For Love: The Psychology Of Security Violation, Editor

International Bulletin of Political Psychology

This article discusses why Pfc. Bradley Manning, United States (US) Army, who has been accused of illegally disclosing classified material—more than 150,000 diplomatic cables, 90,000 intelligence reports, and at least one video – allegedly performed the actions in question.


Are You Down With Ppp? A Look At Prohibited Personnel Practices In The United States Government, Editor Aug 2010

Are You Down With Ppp? A Look At Prohibited Personnel Practices In The United States Government, Editor

International Bulletin of Political Psychology

This article discusses the prevalence of identified proscribed personnel practices, and the power dynamics of such identifications among federal employees.


Spot Off: The Gao Takes On The Tsa’S Behavior Detection Program, Editor May 2010

Spot Off: The Gao Takes On The Tsa’S Behavior Detection Program, Editor

International Bulletin of Political Psychology

The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recently Issued Efforts to Validate TSA’s Passenger Screening Behavior Detection Program Underway, but Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Validation and Address Operational Problems (May 2010, GAO-10-763). This IBPP article will describe and comment on the main GAO findings and additional data on which the findings are based. The article will end with some basic challenges to behavior detection as a useful security measure.


The Politics Of Immigration: A Representation Of The Unconscious Mind, Editor Apr 2010

The Politics Of Immigration: A Representation Of The Unconscious Mind, Editor

International Bulletin of Political Psychology

This article discusses the concept of an illegal immigrant from different psychological perspectives.


To Think Nuclear, To Go Nuclear, Editor Apr 2010

To Think Nuclear, To Go Nuclear, Editor

International Bulletin of Political Psychology

The article discusses three of the many psychological problematics about nuclear weapons, weapons employment, and war underlying the language of policies, programs, plans, treaties, and one’s support or rejection of them.


Lewdness, Sex, And Terrorism, Editor Dec 2003

Lewdness, Sex, And Terrorism, Editor

International Bulletin of Political Psychology

The author discusses the idea of punishing supervisory personnel of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for sexual behavior.


What’S Special About Special Registration?, Editor Dec 2003

What’S Special About Special Registration?, Editor

International Bulletin of Political Psychology

This article discusses reasons why the Special Registration Program of the United States (US) Department of Homeland Security that required the fingerprinting, photographing, and interviewing of Muslim and Arab non-citizens within the US was problematic, evaluating the potential efficacy of the program in the process.


Commentary On Department Of Energy Polygraph Policy, Editor Sep 2003

Commentary On Department Of Energy Polygraph Policy, Editor

International Bulletin of Political Psychology

This article provides commentary on recent revisions in the United States Department of Energy’s polygraph policy.


Trends. Commentary On “The Influence Component Of Counterterrorism: A Systems Approach, Editor Sep 2003

Trends. Commentary On “The Influence Component Of Counterterrorism: A Systems Approach, Editor

International Bulletin of Political Psychology

This Trends article discusses the guiding principles for and challenges to a conceptual framework for deterring terrorism against the United States and its interests as presented by Paul Davis and Brian Jenkins in the Spring 2003 issue of Rand Review.


Announcements, Editor Sep 2003

Announcements, Editor

International Bulletin of Political Psychology

IBPP announcements pertaining to reader requests, editor nominations, and relevant conferences, as well as online and print publications.


Trends. The Federal Bureau Of Investigation Reform Act Of 2003 (S.1440): A Polygraph Update, Editor Aug 2003

Trends. The Federal Bureau Of Investigation Reform Act Of 2003 (S.1440): A Polygraph Update, Editor

International Bulletin of Political Psychology

This Trends article discusses The Federal Bureau of Investigation Reform Act of 2003 (S.1440), and the continuing popularity of the polygraph with security bureaucracies.


Trends. Intelligence, Weapons Of Mass Destruction, And Truth: A Philosophical Perspective, Editor Aug 2003

Trends. Intelligence, Weapons Of Mass Destruction, And Truth: A Philosophical Perspective, Editor

International Bulletin of Political Psychology

This Tends article discusses the issue of the possibility of Bush administration policymakers lying about the threat of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.


Trends. Intelligence And Weapons Of Mass Destruction In A World With No Truth, Editor Jul 2003

Trends. Intelligence And Weapons Of Mass Destruction In A World With No Truth, Editor

International Bulletin of Political Psychology

This Trends article discusses questions surrounding whether the Bush administration intentionally did not tell the truth about the threat of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.


Lying And Logic On Iraqi Weapons Of Mass Destruction And Linkages To Al Qaeda, Editor Jun 2003

Lying And Logic On Iraqi Weapons Of Mass Destruction And Linkages To Al Qaeda, Editor

International Bulletin of Political Psychology

The author examines the following question in this article: Did the Bush administration lie in asserting that Iraq had operational weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and linkages to al Qaeda?


Homeland Security Policy: Deportment On Deportation, Editor Jun 2003

Homeland Security Policy: Deportment On Deportation, Editor

International Bulletin of Political Psychology

This article provides commentary on the appropriateness of deporting illegal aliens in support of homeland security policy.


Trends. A Case For Less Powerful Nuclear Warheads, Editor Jun 2003

Trends. A Case For Less Powerful Nuclear Warheads, Editor

International Bulletin of Political Psychology

This article considers the strategic and political implications of developing less powerful nuclear warheads.


An Apocryphal Discourse: Iraqi Weapons Of Mass Destruction, Editor Jun 2003

An Apocryphal Discourse: Iraqi Weapons Of Mass Destruction, Editor

International Bulletin of Political Psychology

This article contests a global, public discourse wherein the United States Government’s (USG) foreign policy credibility will be severely damaged without the discovery of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) developed by the Saddam Hussein government.


Trends. Espionage And Sex: A Commentary On Personnel Security Criteria, Editor Apr 2003

Trends. Espionage And Sex: A Commentary On Personnel Security Criteria, Editor

International Bulletin of Political Psychology

This Trends article discusses one aspect of sexual orientation – homosexuality - in a security and intelligence context.


God And Man In The White House: Implications For Going To War, Editor Mar 2003

God And Man In The White House: Implications For Going To War, Editor

International Bulletin of Political Psychology

This article highlights pertinent psychological research on the relationship between a national leader’s religious beliefs and that leader’s decision making on going to war.


Trends. Homeland Security And The Problem Of What Counts, Editor Feb 2003

Trends. Homeland Security And The Problem Of What Counts, Editor

International Bulletin of Political Psychology

This Trends article discusses and evaluates claims that “the Bush Administration’s policies and programs for homeland security…too sparsely [invest] in relevant initiatives.”


Trends. Personalities, Motivations, And Capabilities: The Iraq-North Korea Distinction, Editor Feb 2003

Trends. Personalities, Motivations, And Capabilities: The Iraq-North Korea Distinction, Editor

International Bulletin of Political Psychology

This Trends article discusses and evaluates the handling of public affairs and justifications for military intervention in Iraq by the United States Secretary of State.


Trends. National Security And The United States Government 2004 Federal Budget: Is It Good For Security?, Editor Feb 2003

Trends. National Security And The United States Government 2004 Federal Budget: Is It Good For Security?, Editor

International Bulletin of Political Psychology

This Trends article discusses the (under)funding of homeland security and defense in an Executive Branch proposal for the United States Government 2004 federal budget.


Trends. Subtle And Obvious Items In Psychological Assessment: The Case Of Iraq, Editor Jan 2003

Trends. Subtle And Obvious Items In Psychological Assessment: The Case Of Iraq, Editor

International Bulletin of Political Psychology

This Trends article discusses the types of questions asked of Iraqi authorities by United Nations weapons inspectors in the process of searching for weapons of mass destruction as well as validity for the questioning process.


Trends. Quantitative Versus Qualitative Analysis, Nuclear Reactors, And Security, Editor Jan 2003

Trends. Quantitative Versus Qualitative Analysis, Nuclear Reactors, And Security, Editor

International Bulletin of Political Psychology

This Trends article discusses the possibility of meaningful analysis pertaining to the possibility of terrorist threats against nuclear installations.