The Limits of Opposition

April 2018

A Case Study of U.S. Reflagging Operations During the Iran-Iraq War
by Christian Heller

Diplomacy as Risk Management

April 2018

Remarks to the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs
by Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.)

Summer 2018 issue

April 2018

The United Nations designates April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. The U.S. has used jazz in diplomacy since the 1950s, when the … Continued

Links for Spring 2018

March 2018

Diplopundit | Tom Shannon’s “Dear Friends and Colleagues” Note Announcing His Foreign Service Retirement The Hill | American Diplomacy is Not Dead USC Center on Public Diplomacy | Russian Disinformation and US Public Diplomacy The Hill | Pearl Harbor is … Continued

Let’s Talk Seriously About Afghanistan

March 2018

by Amb. Michael W. Cotter (ret.) The media is full of information about the conflict in Afghanistan. Some of the coverage supports the Trump administration’s plan to increase the U.S. military presence in that country; some of it is opposed. … Continued

Russia and Turkey—Dalliance or Alliance

March 2018

by Amb. W. Robert Pearson (ret.) Russia and Turkey are dancing a complicated pas de deux—for separate and common reasons. The happy couple has captivated global attention. There are reasons today to anticipate greater collaboration between Turkey and Russia in … Continued

Diplomacy on the Rocks

March 2018

by Ambassador (ret.) Barbara K. Bodine At Minneapolis Council on Foreign Relations Minneapolis, MN November 21, 2017 The News You Have Not Heard On my way here I heard a news report that the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman … Continued

Venezuela: A Situation Report

December 2017

by Patrick Duddy Venezuela remains in crisis. Popular support for the so-called Bolivarian revolution and its socio-economic model known as twenty-first century socialism has eroded dramatically.  Polling suggests there is a near consensus among Venezuelans that conditions are bad and … Continued

Africa and the Politics of Possibility

December 2017

by Louis S. Segesvary, Ph.D. To entice tourists and quell the fears of the naïve, Africa is often presented in travel books as a magical destination, where sweeping savannahs and imposing mountain ranges serve as a backdrop to an exotic … Continued

An Atlantic Council Roadmap for State Department Reform

October 2017

by Rachel Ansley Reprinted with permission from The Atlantic Council. http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/publications/reports/state-department-reform-report A new Atlantic Council report (www.atlanticcouncil.org/ publications/reports/ state-department-reform-report) seeks to enhance the US State Department’s effectiveness recommends, among other things, a more results-oriented budget and streamlined foreign aid. A key recommendation is … Continued

Why Keep State Department Special Envoys?

October 2017

The secretary of State’s plan to eliminate or merge several high-profile positions has many supporters. by Krishnadev Calamur Reprinted with permission from The Atlantic. https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/08/tillerson-special-envoys/538377/ When news reports surfaced this week that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson intended to eliminate … Continued