Reimagining Pakistan

May 2019

(Transforming a Dysfunctional Nuclear State)
Review by Jon P. Dorschner

Books of Interest Fall 2018

September 2018

Near Abroad, Thailand, The Road to Unfreedom, US Counterterrorism, In Praise of Blood, The Darkening Web, China’s Great Wall of Debt, The Peace Makers

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

Foreign Service Accounts from the Oral History Archives: Ambassador John D. Negroponte

December 2017

Interview covers:  Biography, Vietnam, Kissinger, Paris Peace Talks The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training Foreign Affairs Oral History Project Ambassador John D. Negroponte Interviewed by: Charles Stuart Kennedy Initial Interview date: February 11, 2000 Copyright 2017 ADST http://adst.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Whitehead-John.toc_.pdf INTERVIEW … Continued

The Voice of America and Public Diplomacy

December 2017

by Hans N. Tuch Currently there is no  institutional functional or operational relationship between the  Department of State and the Voice of America, a relationship that  served  the successful conduct of U.S. public diplomacy for many years—from the early 1950s … 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

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

Winning in Afghanistan

October 2017

by Haviland Smith President Trump’s stated goal during his August 21 speech in Arlington, Virginia was “winning in Afghanistan.” The unfortunate fact is that between US and Middle East realities, “winning in Afghanistan” is highly unlikely—probably impossible. Part of the … 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