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NEW AFSA Award: The Mark Palmer Award for the Advancement of Democracy
Nominations due March 20 2015

bookThe final book in Mark Wentling's Africa Trilogy is now available. Africa's Heart: The Journey Ends in Kansas.

State Department Releases Annual Fiscal Transparency Report

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NEW Militarization of U.S. Foreign Policy Review by John Handley

NEW American Ambassadors Review by Brian E. Carlson

NEW Confronting Political Islam Review by Anthony Quainton

NEW World Order Review by Michael Cotter


Spoken Word Reviews
Francis P. Sempa, Contributing Editor

NEW February Links
U.S. Intelligence Community Surveillance
ISIS’s Influence in Social Media
Russia’s Opposition in a Time of War and Crisis
National Security Strategy
Homeland Security
U.S. National Security Strategy 2015
Negotiations with Iran on Nuclear Weapons
Europe: What Went Wrong
America’s Coast Guard in the 21st Century
Confronting Political Islam: Six Lessons from the West’s Past

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Internet Articles FYI
George Clack, Contributing Editor

NEW February Links
The View from the Kremlin: Putin’s War on the West
What Comes Next?
A Coup Against Putin?
Russia’s War on Information
The Jihad Next Door
Obama Asks Congress To Authorize U.S. War on Islamic State
Egypt Avenges Mass Beheadings, Strikes ISIS in Libya
How Many Fighters Does the Islamic State Really Have?
Disillusioned Islamic State Fighters Claimed To Be Fleeing Raqqa
The Netanyahu Disaster
The Afghanistan War Is Still Raging – But This Time It’s Being Waged by Contractors
Review of The Last Warrior: Andrew Marshall and the Shaping of Modern American Defense Strategy
Op-Ed: It's Not Too Soon To Judge George W. Bush's Presidency on Key Issues
Embracing the Future: A Public Diplomacy Paradigm for Cuba
Can the Guy Who Brought You ‘Friends’ Win the Propaganda War Against ISIS and Putin?

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Authors Who Were Diplomats

William Dean Howells as the Civil War Consul in Venice by William Sommers

Diplomats Who Are Authors

Farishta by Patricia McArdle

Cosa Buena by Robert Earle

The Ambassador to Everland by Howard Cincotta

Savarona by J. Patrick Hart



India Needs an Environmental Opposition Party

by Jon Dorschner


India is acting out of desperation. India must do something drastic to curtail and reduce staggering poverty. This has become the sole driver of economic policy. Liberalization is now viewed by India’s power elites as the magic formula that will finally allow India to achieve economic success and true poverty reduction. The power elites are particularly enamored with this ideological stance as it poses no challenge to their dominance of the economy. It does not call for them to share power with India’s impoverished masses. India’s sclerotic democracy will continue to function as before.
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Commentary and Analysis
NEW  India Needs an Environmental Opposition Party by Jon P. Dorschner

NEW The INF Treaty—Back into the Morass? by David T. Jones

NEW Public Diplomacy: Time to Debate Change, Continuity, and Doctrines by Don Bishop

The Islamic World Faces Its Future by Benjamin Landis

LINK Rebuilding After World War II: The Experience of Saint-Lo, France by David A. Langbart

The Return of Classical Geopolitics by Francis P. Sempa

Thoughts of Afghanistan and the Impending Withdrawal by Richard Averna

 

From the National Archives: "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington": Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy as Movie Critic by David A. Langbart

From the National Archives: The Department of State on the Eve of World War II by David A. Langbart

 

Internet Article Alert Link: www.stratfor.com/sample/weekly/oriental-despotism
Our Foreign Service colleague John Vincent comments on a recent article "Oriental Despotism" by Robert Kagan, from the November 12, 2014 Stratfor Global Intelligence website. We appreciate this contribution and welcome all future article alerts from our readers. (ed.)

Diplomacy and Intercultural Communication by Yoav Tenembaum

LINK to remarks by Mark Grossman
"A Diplomacy for the 21st Century: Back to the Future?"
www.afsa.org/FSJ/0914/files/assets/common/downloads/sep2014fsj.pdf (page 22)

LINK to remarks by PDC President Don Bishop
A year ago, I feared that the "trifecta" of scandals then engulfing Washington — Benghazi, the IRS and the Tea Party, and government access to Americans’ phone and email records — posed some real challenges for Public Diplomacy officers overseas. Back then, I could hardly imagine how difficulties would multiply.
Public Diplomacy in Time of Partisanship
www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/09-02-14/public-diplomacy-time-partisanship

The Indian Election by Jon P. Dorschner

Ten Principles of Operational Diplomacy:  a proposed framework by Paul Kreutzer

The Elder Statesman: George H. W. Bush in Retrospect by Aaron Brown and Mirco Reimer

Exchange of Ideas between William Harrop and Thomas E. McNamara
Ambassador McNamara contributes this article with the intention of launching discussion and debate on the topic. We cordially invite your comments and will publish them in upcoming issues. (ed.)
The United States and Latin America: Individuals and Institutions by Thomas E. McNamara

Foreign Service Life

Opinion

Opinions expressed are those of the individual authors, and do not represent the position of American Diplomacy which maintains its founding principles of balance and non-partisanship.

Do We Really Want Turkey as a NATO Ally? by Sol Schindler

Winners and Losers by Sol Schindler

Winning the War for Peace, Justice and Prosperity: A Vision by J.S. Lee

Diplomats Who Are Authors

After Apple Picking by Robert Earle

  No one who has never harvested apples knows what heaven is like. Even those who have can get it wrong. She read the Robert Frost poem in 11th grade and understood he was looking for death wherever he could find it, even where its opposite, eternity, held sway. Apple-picking is ambrosia.  Apple-picking is no way that God would ever expel you. It’s more like God in your hands.

Chapter Sixteen Cacao cum Cocoa by Mark Wentling

  Nobody knew it, but Chief Letivi was struggling to stay poised and focused on the subject at hand. His mother’s dire situation and his discovery of the gold stool under the old baobab tree were weighing heavily on him. Letivi fought to clear his mind of these two serious concerns as he stood to welcome formally the two white men and commence the meeting with them.

The American Mission by Matthew Palmer

   Alex looked at the pile of application  packages still in front of him. There were at least twenty left.

Flame by Barry Fulton

   He had decided to wait for a sharp curve, and then lean far to the right to throw the bike off balance. He would risk a concussion or worse, but better to die on his terms than face torture...


February 2015

Commentary

India Needs an Environmental Opposition Party

The INF Treaty—Back into the Morass?

Public Diplomacy: Time to Debate Change, Continuity, and Doctrines

FS Life

Basketball In Mali— "Red" Verderame

   
   

Reviews

BOOKS

Militarization of U.S. Foreign Policy

American Ambassadors

Confronting Political Islam

World Order

SPEECHES

Origins of the Palestine Mandate


Henry Kissinger Looks Back on the Cold War

Disrupting ISIL’s Money Trail

The Weakness of the West

Putin and Russian Power in the World: The Stalin Legacy

Charting the Navy’s Future in a Changing Maritime Domain

The Case for Conservative Realism

Reforming Peacekeeping in a Time of Conflict

Economics and Security in U.S. Foreign Policy

INTERNET ARTICLES FYI

The View from the Kremlin: Putin’s War on the West

What Comes Next?

A Coup Against Putin?

Russia’s War on Information

The Jihad Next Door

Obama Asks Congress To Authorize U.S. War on Islamic State

Egypt Avenges Mass Beheadings, Strikes ISIS in Libya

How Many Fighters Does the Islamic State Really Have?

Disillusioned Islamic State Fighters Claimed To Be Fleeing Raqqa

The Netanyahu Disaster

The Afghanistan War Is Still Raging – But This Time It’s Being Waged by Contractors

Review of The Last Warrior: Andrew Marshall and the Shaping of Modern American Defense Strategy

It's Not Too Soon To Judge George W. Bush's Presidency on Key Issues

Embracing the Future: A Public Diplomacy Paradigm for Cuba

Can the Guy Who Brought You ‘Friends’ Win the Propaganda War Against ISIS and Putin?

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Special Section: Diplomats Who Are Artists

AbidjanaiseWork by Cynthia Farrell Johnson

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Work by Bud Hensgren

 

Letters
Comment on The United States and Latin America: Individuals and Institutions

Comment on Coming home: different Popes for different times

Comment on Future Battleground of Indo/Pakistan Rivalry

Comment on Facebook: Penchant for our senior political leadership

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AFSA Book Notes: More Than Just Diplomacy
George Gedda discussed his book, More Than Just Diplomacy: The Personalities, Turf Battles, Danger Zones for Diplomats, Exotic Datelines, Miscast Appointees, … the Laughs – And, Sadly, the Occasional Homicide, at AFSA headquarters. Video available. Reviewed here.

WACA Cover to Cover: Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy
World Affairs Councils of America's 'Cover to Cover' series featured Amb. Christopher Hill on October 6, 2014. A recording is available here.

"The Barrios of Manta" on Facebook

LINK Print Edition of 2013 Open Doors: Report on International Educational Exchange Now Available: http://www.iie.org/en/Research-and-Publications/Publications-and-Reports/IIE-Bookstore/Open-Doors-2013

LINK Our readers will be interested to learn that one can get on Kindle all three of the books published so far by our frequent contributor, Ambassador (ret.) Peter Bridges: his memoir, mainly of Somalia, and his biographies of two 19th century Americans, an antislavery Ohioan and a racist Virginian.
Please see his Amazon author page for more information: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KIQWMG.

“Africa’s Release,” by our contributor, retired USAID FSO, Mark Wentling's, is the second book of his African Trilogy. Although his trilogy makes for entertaining and educational reading, it is also an attempt to communicate “development” via fiction. - Ed.

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