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

Authoritarian Backlash: A Comparison of Turkey & Venezuela

October 2017

by Ambassador (ret.) Robert Pearson The Character of Democracy “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” This famous opening line from Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina is important also for democracies. While Turkey and … Continued

Democracy and Values of the Enlightenment Under Siege

October 2017

by Marc Grossman Reprinted with permission from the author and YaleGlobal Online. http://yaleglobal.yale.edu/content/increasingly-authoritarian-world-can-people-embrace-enlightenment-20WASHINGTON: Many US Presidents since John F. Kennedy have cited the Enlightenment as the foundation for America’s constitutional system and the values which the United States and the … Continued

The Evolving Terrorism Threat from Nixon to Trump

September 2017

This article is adapted from a draft of a forthcoming book U.S Counterterrorism efforts, from Nixon to Bush. (CPC Press/Taylor&Francis Group). Ambassador (rtd) Edward Marks and Michael B Kraft are also co-authors of U.S. Counterterrorism: A Guide to Who Does … Continued

The Great Play

June 2017

The Carter Administration’s Response to the Soviet Intervention in Afghanistan
From December 24, 1979 to January 4, 1980
by Brandon J. Libro