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Editors' introduction.

This issue marks the beginning of Controversia's third year of publication, and with this issue also come a few changes along with a new, periodic feature for the journal. The most significant of the changes is an adjustment in our publication schedule: we will still publish two issues a year, but now they will be designated as spring/summer and fall/winter issues. We hope that this will clarify our publication cycle.

This current issue includes two excellent articles in addition to two new features of Controversia, features which we believe will become regular periodic components of the journal. Marouf Hasian, Jr.'s analysis of the post-World War II war crimes trial of Japanese General Yamashita offers a timely and insightful reminder concerning the operations of U.S. military tribunals, and Jack E. Rogers offers an important quantitative examination of the perceived pedagogical values of debate. One new feature in this issue is the first of our "Research Notes" publications. Peter McBurney and Simon Parsons offer us a taste of their work on computer programming of argumentative interactions. We welcome submissions of similar "Research Notes" concerning the status of on-going or long-term research projects in the areas of argumentation, debate, and/or democratic social change.

The second new feature in this issue is the "Book Review Essay." David Cheshier offers an insightful analysis of several important recent books discussing the status of and prospects for democratization in the Arab world. We hope in the future to feature additional such review essays. Proposals for book review essays should be directed to our Book Review Editor, Gordon Mitchell.

We want to thank our reviewers who read and offered suggestions to the authors whose work is included in this issue: Dale Hample, Takeshi Suzuki, Carol Winkler, Ron Greene, Rob Asen, Alfred C. Snider, George Ziegelmueller, Jeff Hobbs, Satoru Aonuma, and Gordon Mitchell. Without the selfless work of our reviewers and Editorial Board members, we would not be able to function.

There is no English-to-Russian article translation in this issue, although we continue to publish the abstracts in both languages. We remain committed to Russian-to-English translations, in which cases we will also include the original Russian text. We thank Katsiarnya Buhayeva for her work proofreading the russian in this issue.

Finally, please note the change of address for Co-editor David Cratis Williams, who has relocated to Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. His new contact information is: Department of Communication, Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Rd., P.O. Box 3091, Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991. Tel.: (561) 297-0045; fax (561) 297-2615; email: dcwill@fau. edu. Future submissions to Controversia should be sent to Dr. Williams at Florida Atlantic University.

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Author:Williams, David Cratis; Young, Marilyn J.
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Date:Mar 22, 2004
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