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Packing for India

March 2015

Review by Jon P. Dorschner Packing for India by David Mulford, Potomac Books: Dulles, Virginia, 2014, ISBN 978-I-61234-715-8, 338 pp., $29.95 (Hardcover), $21.08 (Kindle). I wanted to read and review this book because Ambassador Mulford and I served together in … Continued

India Needs an Environmental Opposition Party

February 2015

by Jon P. DorschnerPart I – The Perfect Storm We once lived in a world of infinite possibilities. It was filled with hope. But the world has undergone a radical transformation. It has reached the “tipping point.” Decisions taken today … Continued

A Life Lived in CIA, the White House and the Two Koreas

November 2014

Review by Ted Wilkinson Pot Shards: Fragments of a Life Lived in CIA, the White House and the Two Koreas by Donald Gregg, New Academia Publishing, 2014, ISBN-13: 978-0990447115, 332 pages, $38.00 (Hardcover), $26.00 (Paperback), $7.99 (Kindle). Apart from its … Continued

The Indian Election: Historic but not the Magic Bullet

June 2014

by Jon DorschnerAlmost all observers agree that the recently concluded Indian election was historic.  By winning 282 seats, a gain of 166 from the previous election, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won an outright majority in the Lok Sabha … Continued

Managing Conflicts in India

May 2014

Review by Jon P. Dorschner Managing Conflicts in India: Policies of Coercion and     Accommodation by Bidisha Biswas, Lexington          Books: Plymouth, United Kingdom, 2014, ISBN 13: 978-0-7391-8754-8, 144 pp. $75.00 (Hardcover), $59.95 (Kindle). The Indian narrative reflects an obsession … Continued

The International Community and Pakistan

April 2014

by Jon P. Dorschner  In his book Pakistan: A Hard Country1 Anatol Lieven joined the long parade of South Asia scholars attempting to A) explain what is happening, B) provide some explanatory variables C) provide specific foreign policy recommendations, and … Continued

U.S. Alliances in Northeast Asia

March 2014

By Sheila A. Smith, Senior Fellow, Counsel on Foreign Relations Text: http://www.cfr.org/asia-and-pacific/us-alliances-northeast-asia/p32533 Reviewed by Francis P. Sempa, Contributing Editor In recent testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sheila Smith of the counsel on Foreign Relations highlighted the importance of … Continued

Future Battlegound of Indo/Pakistan Rivalry

January 2014

Post Afghanistan 2014 Future Battlegound of Indo/Pakistan Rivalry by Jon P. Dorschner In May 2012, The United States and Afghanistan initialed a strategic partnership agreement committing the US and its ISAF partners to withdraw their combat troops from Afghanistan by … Continued

The China Fallacy

September 2013

Review by Stanton Jue
The China Fallacy: How the U.S. Can Benefit From China’s Rise and Avoid Another Cold War by Donald Gross, Bloomsbury, New York & London, 2012, ISBN-13:978-1441147899, paperback 2013, 320 pp.

Alliance Politics in Asia

September 2011

Reviewed by James W. White
Thomas J. Christensen, Worse Than A Monolith: Alliance Politics and Problems of Coercive Diplomacy in Asia. Princeton: Princeton University Press, ISBN 978-0-691-14260-9, hard cover, (ISBN 978-0-691-14261-6 paperback), 2011, 306 pp.

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

The Grand Jihad

September 2010

Reviewed by Colonel (USA, ret) James L. Abrahamson, Ph. D.
Andrew C. McCarthy, The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America, New York: Encounter Books, 2010, ISBN 978-1-59403-377-3, 455 pages