Restless Valley

February 2014

Review by Amb. (ret.) Michael W. Cotter, Publisher, American Diplomacy Restless Valley: Revolution, Murder, and Intrigue in the Heart of Central Asia, by Philip Shiskin, Yale University Press, 2013, Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-300-18436-5, pp. 301, $20.07 Hardcover, $14.99/$15.49 E-Book (Kindle/Nook) Some … Continued

Used and Abandoned in Afghanistan

January 2014

by Godfrey Garner As 2014 draws near, the anticipation on the streets and within the thick compound walls of the villages in Afghanistan grows more and more. And around the world, virtually every developed nation has a tangible economic investment … Continued

Two Looks at America’s Other Army

January 2013

Reviews by Michael W. Cotter and by David C. Litt

America’s Other Army: The U.S. Foreign Service and 21st Century Diplomacy by Nicholas Kralev, Create Space publishing, ISBN-13-978-1466446564, 2012, 232 pp., $24.99 (trade paperback), $9.99 (Kindle)

U.S. Government Counterterrorism

December 2012

Review by Michael W. Cotter
U.S. Government Counterterrorism: A Guide to Who Does What by Michael B. Kraft and Edward Marks, CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL, 2012, ISBN-13: 978-1-4398-5143-2, 347 pp.

Putin’s Statecraft

January 2012

Reviewed by John Coffey
Allen C. Lynch, Vladimir Putin and Russian Statecraft, Potomac Books: Washington, DC, ISBN 13- 978-1-59797-298-7, 2011, 184 pp.

Wars of Afghanistan

December 2011

Reviewed by Mark E. Dillen
The Wars of Afghanistan: Messianic Terrorism, Tribal Conflicts, and the Failures of Great Powers by Peter Tomsen, Public Affairs, 2011. ISBN 13-978-1586487638, 912 pp.

God and the Atlantic

June 2011

Reviewed by John H. Brown, Ph.D.
Thomas Albert Howard, God and the Atlantic: America, Europe, and the Religious Divide, New York: Oxford University Press, 2011, ISBN13: 978-0-19-956551-1 Hardback, 256 pp.

My Life as a Russian Diplomat in Africa

October 2010

by Vladimir Kokorev This journal has published many Foreign Service Life contributions by American diplomats and we are pleased to be able to present the reminiscences of a Soviet diplomat who served his country for many years mainly in Africa. –Ed. … Continued

Preconditions fro Success in Afghanistan

September 2010

by Haviland Smith A retired intelligence professional gives his candid assessment of what would constitute “success” in Afghanistan and the chances for reaching this goal.-The Editor Two successive U.S. administrations have said we must “win” in Afghanistan.   David Kilcullen, one … Continued

Afghanistan: An American Tragedy

September 2010

by Benjamin L. Landis A retired military officer and frequent contributor to this journal sounds off on why the United States should withdrawal militarily from Afghanistan.  He cites four benefits to withdrawal. Why is the United States engaged in massive … Continued

Humanitarian versus National Interests

June 2010

A Statistical Reflection on Official Development Assistance and Whether It is Directed Towards Its Goals and Ideals by Steve Dobransky American Diplomacy rarely publishes statistical analysis. But because this paper analyzes the debate over foreign aid’s purposes and motivations, we … Continued