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The Challenges of the Middle East

September 2019

by Haviland Smith It is clear that there are powerful people both in the United States and in Iran who would like to force a real confrontation between our two countries.  What is completely unclear is whether or not those … Continued

The Zombie Returns

September 2019

Middle East Peace Plan Would Create Palestinian Bantustan
by Edward Marks

Foreign Service Accounts from the Oral History Archives

September 2018

August marks the 30th anniversary of the Burmese student pro-democracy demonstrations that began on “8/8/88”. The U.S. subsequently withdrew its ambassador in protest of the military regime, beginning a hiatus in relations that lasted until 2012.

The Limits of Opposition

April 2018

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

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

Afghanistan is Not Our Longest War

October 2017

by David T. Jones There seems to be a new truth that whoever starts a column about Afghanistan, adds the descriptive phrase, “Our longest war.” Or words to that effect. One is not exactly sure why the writers seek to … Continued