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The Editor’s Page


The Christmas Gift That Keeps Giving by Jack F. Matlock, Jr.

Russian Propaganda Efforts: Historical Continuities Accompany Technological Changes by John Katzka

Soviet vs. Post-Soviet Russian Disinformation by Todd Leventhal

CPR for the Turkish Economy: The 2001 Financial Crisis and its Aftermath by W. Robert Pearson

Advice from an Old School Diplomat to the Chat/GPT Generation by Polonius


Ambassadorial Accreditation: The Romanian Ambassador Presents His Credentials in Washington by Jonathan Rickert

From Our Archives

We are highlighting in this issue’s Archives section two articles we have published on Henry Kissinger, a statesman of extraordinary influence whose legacy will be debated for years to come.
Book Review by Fletcher Burton of “Kissinger and American Power: A Political Biography,” Feb. 2021.
The Quest for Peace: Henry A. Kissinger on Germany by Mirco Reimer, Feb. 2014.


ADST Moments in Diplomatic History

A then-junior officer’s personal account of the first months after Fidel Castro came to power in Cuba, as embassy personnel gradually became convinced that a productive relationship with the new regime would not be possible.

Phil Wilcox’ recollections of the first Palestinian Intifada in 1987 and the US policy response.


Fareed Zakaria shares some of the critiques of US policy made by Jack Matlock in this issue, but overall offers a more conventional view of the US as playing a positive and necessary role in world affairs.

This is a controversial, broad-level critique of decades of US foreign policy from an Indian international affairs commentator.

Those who read the John Katzka and Todd Leventhal articles in this issue comparing Soviet and Russian propaganda/disinformation practices may be interested in the January 18 State Department announcement below of a new program to address foreign information manipulation.



Books of Interest

Beijing’s Global Media Offensive: China’s Uneven Campaign to Influence Asia and the World By Joshua Kurlantzick

American Presidents in Diplomacy and War: Statecraft, Foreign Policy, and Leadership By Thomas R. Parker

The Other Side of Silence: A Memoir of Exile, Iran, and the Global Women’s Movement By Mahnaz Afkhami

France on Trial: The Case of Marshal Petain By Julian Jackson

Overreach: How China Derailed its Peaceful Rise By Susan L. Shirk

The Politics of Immigration Beyond Liberal States: Morocco and Tunisia in Comparative Perspective By Katarina Natter

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