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November 2018

Dr. Khaled al-Asaad, a Syrian archaeologist and the head of antiquities for the ancient city of Palmyra was publicly beheaded by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in 2015. This 2002 picture shows al-Asaad in front of a first century sarcophagus from Palmyra. Photograph: Marc Deville/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images.

Moved by the international outcry over ISIS destruction in Iraq and Syria, and with the Syrian state in disarray, the Congress in 2016 enacted emergency legislation to block the importation of illegally acquired Syrian antiquities to the United States. The State Department also began to take a serious interest in the relationship between terrorism and the destruction and trafficking of antiquities.

Fascism: A Warning

September 2018

Review by Gilbert Donahue
Fascism: A Warning. Madeleine Albright with Bill Woodward, Harper Collins, 2018, 288 pages including index.

The Limits of Opposition

April 2018

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

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

India’s Wars

April 2017

Review by Jon Dorschner India’s Wars (A Military History 1947- 1971) by Arjun Subramaniam, Harper Collins India: New York, 2016, ISBN 978-93-5177-749-6, 576 pp., $39.99 (Softcover). Since I was teaching at West Point, it has struck me that there are a … Continued

Cuban Missiles and Operation Dragon Rouge

April 2017

by Robert Baker The 1962 Cuban missile crisis and 1964’s Belgian paratroop drop from U.S. C-130s in the Congo were the most interesting events in my five year intelligence career. Lowly intelligence analysts like me working for the U.S. Information … Continued

Warrior Diplomat: Vietnam, 1965-70

January 2017

Warrior Diplomat: Vietnam, 1965-70 Chapter 3 of Global Adventures on Less-Traveled Roads: A Foreign Service Memoir by James R. Bullington The Vietnam War was a life-changing experience: It set the trajectory of my career toward service in unfamiliar, remote, sometimes … Continued