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The Lady is BuggedDiplomats Who Are Authors
Chapter 9:
The dolce vita

by Barry Fulton

Scott climbed the ancient stairs to the balcony where he expected to meet First Secretary Rahim Saki. Scott paced around, looked everywhere. He couldn't find him, nor could he spot Rachel who had been instructed to precede him, protect him in the event of a trap. He leaned against the wall and pretended to study a guidebook while looking frequently to see if either would show up. After an hour he left—disappointed that Saki hadn't appeared. He worried that Rachel was nowhere in sight. "A coincidence," he wondered, "or foul play?"

He walked home. His bad leg showed him down, a reminder of his tumble down the Afghan mountainside. High humidity always brought on discomfort. He stopped in front of an antiquarian bookstore, couldn't resist stopping to browse. He looked at an Italian version of Ezra Pound's Cantos. Scott recalled he had lived in Italy for twenty years and was arrested for treason when he returned to the United States in 1945. That would certainly be the fate of First Secretary Rahim Saki if a clandestine meeting with an American spy were discovered by the Iranian Embassy.

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U.S. Military Strategy in Afghanistan.
The Pivotal Moment: How the Iran Deal Frames America’s Foreign Policy Choices.
Iran’s Deadly Ambition: The Islamic Republic’s quest for Global Power
Improving Humanitarian Aid
President Obama’s Speech at the UN
Strong Principled Security Cooperation
Asia’s Security Architecture: The China Factor
The Future of European Civilization: Lessons for America
New Thinking About Australian Security
Internet Articles FYI
I Got Syria So Wrong
Will Iran Cooperate on Syria?
Putin, Obama, and the Middle East
The Middle East in 2015 Is a Lot Like Europe in 1914
ISIS De-Demonized: A Review Article
The Drone Papers
Obama's Shameful Afghanistan Retreat: This Will Embolden the Taliban, Al Qaeda and ISIS
Asia's Winners and Losers from the $30 Trillion Trans-Pacific Partnership
Big Issues Facing the Internet: Economic Espionage
Key Takeways from Today's U.S.-China Climate Announcement
Corruption, Pollution, Inequality Are Top Concerns in China
Francis 2.0 Emerges in America: Pope and Church Are a Package Deal

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