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Harry J. Gilmore
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Book Reviews
William P. Kiehl, Contributing Editor

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NEW Cold War Modernist Review by John Brown

NEW Uphill Battle Review by James T. Quinlivan

NEW Technology in Counterinsurgency Warfare Review by John M. Handley

New Books of Interest
Coming soon to American Diplomacy
Beginning with our June issue—the last before our annual summer hiatus—our readers will see a change in the Book Review section of this journal.  The June 2015 issue will embark on a new format entitled “New Books of Interest.”   The new format will no longer contain regular book reviews by American Diplomacy contributors although from time to time such reviews may be featured.  In place of the usual four book reviews, the Contributing Editor will present ten books that, we believe, merit your keen attention, along with links to additional information on each of the books.

Spoken Word Reviews
Francis P. Sempa, Contributing Editor

NEW May Links
Opportunities and Challenges in India’s Energy future
U.S. Leadership and Global Food Security
Improving Security Assistance
The New Terrorism: How to Fight and Defeat It
Russia, Ukraine, and U.S. Policy
U.S. Trade Policy
Thinking About War and Peace: Intellectuals, Soldiers and American Security Policy
President Nixon’s Foreign Policy
Suicide of the West at 50
A Conversation with George F. Kennan
Speech on the 40th Anniversary of the End of the Vietnam War
A War That is Finished
Eisenhower on the Strategic Importance of Vietnam
U.S. Aims in Vietnam

January links
February links
March links
April links

Internet Articles FYI
George Clack, Contributing Editor

NEW May Links
The Killing of Osama bin Laden
The Many Problems with Seymour Hersh’s Osama bin Laden Conspiracy Theory
The Media’s Reaction to Seymour Hersh’s bin Laden Scoop Has Been Disgraceful
Pakistani Asset Helped in Hunt for Bin Laden, Sources Say
More than Keeping Up the Facade: The U.S.-GCC Summit at Camp David
Saudi Shakeup
EU Backs Migrant Crisis Naval Force
Stephen F. Cohen on the Truths U.S. Media and Politicians Hide
SurveyMonkey Was the Other Winner of the U.K. Election
From Tel Aviv to the Thames, It’s the Age of Neo-Tribalism
DOD’s New Internet Strategy Boosts Role in Defending ‘U.S. interests’
The Iraq Question Conservatives Need to Do a Better Job Answering
Ask Me Anything About Cuba
A League of His Own

January links
February links
March links
April links

 

Authors Who Were Diplomats

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

Diplomats Who Are Authors

Chapter 17: At Sea from The Extraordinary Journey of Harry Forth by Bruce K. Byers

After Apple Picking by Robert Earle

Chapter Sixteen Cacao cum Cocoa by Mark Wentling

The American Mission by Matthew Palmer

Flame by Barry Fulton

Farishta by Patricia McArdle

Cosa Buena by Robert Earle

The Ambassador to Everland by Howard Cincotta

Savarona by J. Patrick Hart


Commentary and Analysis

My Husband and the General by Betsey Barnes

The Trio of the Serious: Geopolitical Turmoil in the Middle East

"The Middle East is a complex reality of many historic divisions, a region in which the contemporary nation-state is not always the principal reality. But traditional nationalism is broader, older and may have returned as a primary driving motivation."

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Commentary and Analysis

NEW The Trio of the Serious: Geopolitical Turmoil in the Middle East by Ed Marks and Robert Cox

NEW Death of a Dynasty: Tory Defeat in Alberta by David T. Jones

NEW D5 & the Transformation of Digital Government by Anna Massoglia

NEW LINK Leaks in the Department of State, 1963: Antecedents by David A. Langbart

NEW LINK Department of State Records Relating to Turkish Atrocities Against the Armenians During World War I by David A. Langbart

Containment, Again: A Long-Tern Perspective on Recent Russian Claims by Joe Renouard

Divided Nation, United Military: The Burmese Government as Junta Par Excellence by Matthew Koo

LINK Bipartisanship in Foreign Policy, 1953 by David A. Langbart

International Crisis: Female Genital Mutilation by Cynthia Wood

Strategic Challenges After The 9/11 Wars by Thomas E. McNamara

LINK Memoirs of a Secretary of State: Cordell Hull by David A. Langbart

India Needs an Environmental Opposition Party by Jon P. Dorschner

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

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.

NEW Revolution : the “peak births” theory by Laurent Chalard

Venezuela's Crisis, U.S. Sanctions and the UNASUR Reaction by Patrick Duddy

Give the New Afghan Government a Chance by Godfrey Garner

Perilous Times: Planning for the Unspeakable by Thomas R. Hutson

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

harry forthChapter 17: At Sea from The Extraordinary Journey of Harry Forth by Bruce K. Byers

  "You seem to know a lot about maritime accidents," Heather said. "Have you done a lot of sailing?"
  Harry felt a little embarrassed. He had only been to sea one other time in his childhood on the ship from San Juan to New Orleans. He had gone fishing on the Chesapeake Bay several times. That was the extent of his maritime experience. "No," he said. "I come from a landlocked state. The only places to go boating are the Rio Grande if you’re fool enough to try and some of the larger reservoirs and lakes. Otherwise, you’ve got to travel to places like Corpus Christi or San Diego."

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...


May 2015

NEW THIS ISSUE

Commentary

The Trio of the Serious: Geopolitical Turmoil in the Middle East

Death of a Dynasty: Tory Defeat in Alberta

D5 & the Transformation of Digital Government

FS Life

Yum Yums Across the Seas

Op/Ed

Revolution: Revolution : the “peak births” theory

   

Reviews

BOOKS

Cold War Modernist

Uphill Battle

Technology in Counterinsurgency Warfare

SPEECHES

Opportunities and Challenges in India’s Energy future

U.S. Leadership and Global Food Security

Improving Security Assistance

The New Terrorism: How to Fight and Defeat It

Russia, Ukraine, and U.S. Policy

U.S. Trade Policy

Thinking About War and Peace: Intellectuals, Soldiers and American Security Policy

President Nixon’s Foreign Policy

Suicide of the West at 50

A Conversation with George F. Kennan

Speech on the 40th Anniversary of the End of the Vietnam War

A War That is Finished

Eisenhower on the Strategic Importance of Vietnam

U.S. Aims in Vietnam

INTERNET ARTICLES FYI

The Killing of Osama bin Laden

The Many Problems with Seymour Hersh’s Osama bin Laden Conspiracy Theory

The Media’s Reaction to Seymour Hersh’s bin Laden Scoop Has Been Disgraceful

Pakistani Asset Helped in Hunt for Bin Laden, Sources Say

More than Keeping Up the Facade: The U.S.-GCC Summit at Camp David

Saudi Shakeup

EU Backs Migrant Crisis Naval Force

Stephen F. Cohen on the Truths U.S. Media and Politicians Hide

SurveyMonkey Was the Other Winner of the U.K. Election

From Tel Aviv to the Thames, It’s the Age of Neo-Tribalism

DOD’s New Internet Strategy Boosts Role in Defending ‘U.S. interests’

The Iraq Question Conservatives Need to Do a Better Job Answering

Ask Me Anything About Cuba

A League of His Own

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Special Section: Diplomats Who Are Artists

AbidjanaiseWork by Cynthia Farrell Johnson

Abidjanaise

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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