- Editors’ Note
CR: The New Centennial Review is devoted to comparative studies of the Americas. The journal's primary emphasis is on the opening up of the possibilities for a future Americas that does not amount to a mere reiteration of its past. We seek interventions, provocations, and, indeed, insurgencies that release futures for the Americas. In general, CR welcomes work that is inflected, informed, and driven by theoretical and philosophical concerns at the limits of the potentialities for the Americas.
Such work may be explicitly concerned with the Americas, or it may be broader, global and/or genealogical scholarship with implications for the Americas. CR recognizes that the language of the Americas is translation, and therefore questions of translation, dialogue, and border crossings (linguistic, cultural, national, and the like) are necessary for rethinking the foundations and limits of the Americas.
For forty-five years, CR has been a journal committed to interdisciplinarity, and we continue to encourage work that goes beyond a simple performance of the strategies of various disciplines and interdisciplines, and that therefore interrogates them. [End Page vii]
Terror and War are perhaps the two most misunderstood and misused terms in current public discourse. Denunciations of terrorism and declarations of war have come to dominate political rhetoric on national security in the United States, especially, but not only, in connection with foreign policy in the Middle East. Although the Bush administration has sought to present the two terms as antithetical in its declaration of "War on Terror," "Terror Wars" realigns the terms to emphasize a relation of contiguity. This special issue consists of essays that address the manner in which American foreign policy ricochets and produces "collateral damage" in the United States, on its borders, and well beyond the terrain of battle. Salah D. Hassan, the associate editor of CR, edited this special issue. The editors would like to thank David Medei, Ted Gerney, Sheila M. Contreras, and Chris Toensing for their contributions to the success of this issue.
We currently are soliciting work for Special Issues or Special Sections on the following topics, among others:
• Eco in/of the Americas
• Whose Homeland?
• As/Am: Declarations of Asian America