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Book Reviews
William P. Kiehl, Contributing Editor


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New The Decline and Fall of USIA Review by Mark Dillen

New Good Italy Bad Italy Review by Gwen Clare

New Panama and the United States Review by Joe B. Johnson

New Breakthrough Review by John Handley

Spoken Word Reviews
Francis P. Sempa, Contributing Editor

New What Americans Should Know About Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Review by Norvell B. DeAtkine

New A Global Report on Counterterrorism Review by David T. Jones

New Myanmar and Southeast Asia Review by Francis P. Sempa

US Diplomats in Harms Way

Diplomats in the Field
In her farewell letter, Secretary of State Clinton noted the need for American leadership and the continuing impulse in American foreign policy for the United States to be a “force for good”. That signifies engagement. Unfortunately, that engagement has too often been military action, followed by Foreign Service and civilian efforts to build the blocks of democracy at the same time reconstructing stones and fabrics which have been torn down.

In the Line of Fire: American Diplomacy in a Dangerous World
… I could never start my car without first checking for bombs. I could never park my car in an unsecured area unless someone was inside to make sure no one planted a bomb. This meant that when we went to the bazaar to do our marketing, our maid sat in the car.

Unfinished Morass
Back in the dim golden years when things occasionally worked, I was sent abroad to learn something about the country I was assigned to, and interact with the local population. If it was simply a question of writing a press release I could have done that easily at home. Surely we now have enough Arab experts who can give us guidance on how to choose Arab friends. Granted not all foreign service officers are mental giants, but there must be some in every embassy who know what they are doing.

Anti-Americanism: Who's to Blame
Most observers believe not only that America lost in Vietnam, but that Washington should have had enough sense to avoid the war in the first place. This is the argument I propose to make about our involvement in the monumental power struggle in the Middle East.

The Role Of Diplomats In The 21st Century
A discussion with Ambassadors Marc Grossman and Jim Jeffrey and Foreign Policy editor Josh Rogin, a senior staff writer with "Foreign Policy Magazine" (This is a transcript of the 02-11-13 NPR Kojo Nnamdi Show): The Role Of Diplomats In The 21st Century


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 Anti-Americanism: Who's to Blame by Curt Jones

New High Time to End Our Diplomatic Spoils System by Peter Bridges

New Unfinished Morass by Sol Schindler

Not (Y)our Father's Russia by David T. Jones

A Call to Action on Public Diplomacy by Morris E. Jacobs

Syria and Our Foreign Policy by Sol Schindler

The Iraqi War: Swimming Against the Tide of Opinion by Samah al-Momen

A Regional Solution to the Syrian Uprising by Varun Vira

How the Egyptian Revolution Emphasized the Sovereignty of the People by Abeer Bassiouny Arafa Ali Radwan

Obama, Netanyahu And the Middle East by James L. Abrahamson

Does History Take Sides? The Problem of Evoking the Past to Justify Policy by Michael W. Santos

The Perils in U. S. Mediation of the Arab-Israeli Conflict: What History Has Taught Us by Yoav J. Tenembaum

Don’t Leave Counter-Terrorism to the Military by Haviland Smith

A Role Reversal from a Military-First Approach by Joseph Lyons

The Lost Libertarian Moment by Howard Cincotta

Commentary and Analysis

bookWriters Who Were Diplomats: James Russell Lowell US Minister to Spain by William Sommers

Teaching Kafka in China by Paul Levine

The Emancipation Proclamation and U.S. Foreign Policy by Christopher Tealbook

The Victors and Vanquished 2012 by Michael Hornblow

Americanizing the Spice Isle's Schools: Educational Development in Post-Invasion Grenada by Robert G. Zakula

"They Aren't Friendly, Mr. Vice President":
bookThe Eisenhower Administration's Response to Communist-Inspired Attacks during Vice President Nixon's 1958 Tour of Latin America
by Jeff Cox

The High Cost of Our Countersinsurgency Policy in Afghanistan by Godfrey L. Garner

The Reception and Impact of Western and Polish Emigre Books and Periodicals in Communist-Ruled Poland Between July 1, 1956 and June 30, 1973 by Alfred A. Reisch

Venezuelan Irony: A Tainted Election with the World’s Best Vote- Counting System by Theodore Wilkinson

Just Over The Horizon in An Election Year: The Top Five Foreign Policy Challenges by Michael Cotter

Partners in Capital Crime by Alan Berlind

The American Trajectory: From Republic to Empire by Curt Jones

Military Security, Energy Resources, and the Emergence of the Northwest Passage: Canada’s Arctic Dilemma by Steve Dobransky

IrvingAmerican Writers Who Were Diplomats: Washington Irving, Sunnyside to Spain by William Sommers

Diplospeak by William A. Rugh

Turkey's New Foreign Policy in the New World by Roman Muzalevsky

The Egyptian NGO Case: Politics and Diplomacy by William A. Rugh

Transition to Democracy in the Middle East by Haviland Smith

The Day Austria Disappeared from the Map by Walter R. Roberts

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My Picks: A Top 10 List
By Csaba T. Chikes
A Sampler from our archives

More detail about these recommendations here.

Jimmy Carter and the 1979 Decision to Admit the Shah into the United States By William J. Daugherty (March 16, 2003)

My Dependent Wife
by Lucien Heichler (December 17, 2003)

On Professionalism Among American Ambassadors
By Henry Mattox (2, 1999)

By Bart Moon (October12, 2009)

America Town: Building the Outposts of Empire Reviewed by Gerald J. Loftus (January 15, 2008)

The Futile Search for Root Causes of Terrorism By Michael Radu (August 16, 2002)

Smith-Mundt: Censorship American Style?
By Gregory L. Garland (March 3, 2009)

Remembering Saisith
By William Sommers (September 14, 2009

The Victors and the Vanquished 2003
By Michael Hornblow (January 12, 2004)

A Venture in Scholarship
Editor’s Introduction by Henry Mattox (1999)

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