"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."more
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
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
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: 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”
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
About My Husband and the General, Part II by Betsey Barnes
About My Husband and the General, Part I by Betsey Barnes
Basketball In Mali"Red" Verderame by Bob Baker
DarwinAn Aussie Shangri-La, Sort of by Bob Baker
Show Me Your Ear! The Berlin Wall by Bob Baker
A Disappearance (1977) by Larry Lesser
Bamako Space Show by Bob Baker
Charles W. Yost: The Emergence of a Diplomat by Felicity YostVienna Snow by Bob Baker
Public Diplomacy with high powered take-off by George Kennedy
Scenes from a revolution: Romania after the fall by Dick Virden
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 SchindlerWinners and Losers by Sol Schindler
Diplomats Who Are Authors
Chapter 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."
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...