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The Challenge of Islamic Terrorism

September 2014

By David Cameron, Prime Minister of Britain Text: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/threat-level-from-international-terrorism-raised-pm-press-conference Review by David T. Jones On 29 August, in an 1,800 word address, British Prime Minister David Cameron detailed the terrorist threat in the United Kingdom and globally. The “take away” … Continued

The Triumph of Improvisation

September 2014

Review by James L. Abrahamson The Triumph of Improvisation: Gorbachev’s Adaptability, Reagan’s Engagement, and the End of the Cold War by James Graham Wilson, Cornell University Press: Ithaca and London, 2014, ISBN 978-0-8014-5229-1, xvi, 264 pp.  $29.95 (hardcover) Between 1978 … Continued

How Russia Could Have Stopped World War I

August 2014

By Paul Robinson, Professor, University of Ottawa Text: http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/how-russia-might-have-stopped-world-war-i/ Review by James L. Abrahamson, Contributing Editor For nearly a century, diplomats, soldiers, and soon thereafter historians have attempted to identify the nation most responsible for the Great War of 1914-1918, … Continued

Foreign Secretary’s Speech to House of Commons World War I

August 2014

By Edward Grey, British Foreign Secretary Text: http://wwi.lib.byu.edu/images/6/67/Grey03081914.pdf Review by Francis P. Sempa, Contributing Editor One hundred years ago, after Germany and Russia declared war on each other in early August 1914, Britain’s Foreign Secretary Edward Grey addressed the House … Continued

Churchill, the Rise of Germany, and the Outbreak of WWI

August 2014

By John H. Maurer, Professor of Strategy, Naval War College Audio: https://www.fpri.org/multimedia/2014/03/winston-churchill-rise-german-power-and-outbreak-world-war-i-audio Review by Francis P. Sempa, Contributing Editor At a recent lecture at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Professor John Maurer of the Naval War College spoke eloquently about … Continued

U.S. Entry into World War I

August 2014

By David Lloyd George, Prime Minister of Britain Text: http://www.totalpolitics.com/speeches/war/world-war-1/33943/speech-on-americas-entry-into-the-war.thtml Review by David T. Jones In contrast to his “rally round the flag” defense of English participation in World War I approximately six months earlier, British Prime Minister David Lloyd … Continued

Free Speech During World War I

August 2014

By Sen. Robert LaFollette Text: http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/content/lafollette-freespeech-speech.html Review by David T. Jones Robert LaFollette is a vaguely remembered but much-praised figure from university-level American History courses. Characterized as one of the front-rank spear carriers for “liberal” causes throughout the early years … Continued

Lenin on World War I

August 2014

By Vladimir Lenin Text: https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1916/feb/08.htm Review by David T. Jones Unsurprisingly, Lenin had an idiosyncratic approach to World War I. In a short (1,200 word) address delivered to a rally of the elements of the Zimmerwald Group (an association of … Continued

Opposing U.S. Entry into World War I

August 2014

By Sen. George Norris Text: https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/history/euro-hist/american-entry-world-war-I/a/1917-speech-by-senator-george-norris-in-opposition-to-american-entry Review by David T. Jones George Norris was one of the stormy petrels of U.S. politics in the first half of the 20th century. Nominally a Republican, he frequently denounced party positions and aligned … Continued

Where’s the Strategy?

June 2014

By President Barack Obama Text: Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fG_hX_XM4Ks http://www.c-span.org/video/?319610-1/us-military-academy-commencement Review by Gwen Clare Where’s the Strategy? For a speech supposedly weeks in the making, President Obama’s address to West Point’s graduating class on September 28 found few, if any, admirers across … Continued

The Wrong Enemy

June 2014

Review by Jon P. Dorschner The Wrong Enemy (America in Afghanistan 2001-  2014) by Carlotta Gall, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: New York, 2014, ISBN 978-0-544-046696, 352 pp., $28.00 (Hardcover), $15.12 (Kindle). There has been a perceptible shift in opinion regarding Pakistan … Continued

U.S. Alliances from the First World War to the Arab Spring

June 2014

Review by Amb. (ret.) Michael W. Cotter, Publisher, American Diplomacy American Foreign Policy: Alliance Politics in a Century of War, 1914-2014 by James W. Peterson, New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2014 ISBN 978-1-62356-073-7, eISBN 978-1-6235-6488-9, Hardcover, 194 pp., $130.00 (hardcover), $35.61 … Continued

Alternative North Americans

June 2014

Review by Dr. John Handley, Vice President, American Diplomacy David T. Jones, Alternative North Americans: What Canada and the United States Can Learn from Each Other, Washington: DC, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies, 2014, 339pp., E-Book available free of … Continued

Grand Strategy and Sea Power

June 2014

By Naval War College Current Strategy Forum Speakers Videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/usnavalwarcollege Review by Francis P. Sempa, Contributing Editor On June 17-18, 2014, the U.S. Naval War College hosted its 65th annual Current Strategy Forum at the Spruance Auditorium with the theme … Continued

More Than Just Diplomacy

June 2014

Review by Joe B. Johnson The State Department: More Than Just Diplomacy by George Gedda, Author House, 2014, ISBN 13: 978-1-4918-5761-8, 161 pp.,  $16.04 (Amazon paperback), $26.59 (hardcover) Millions of Americans are hearing and reading about Hillary Clinton’s experience as Secretary … Continued

The Outlaw Vladimir Putin

May 2014

By David B. Rivkin and Lee A. Casey, Baker Hostetler LLP and Foundation for the Defense of Democracies http://www.defenddemocracy.org/media-hit/david-b-rivkin-jr-the-outlaw-vladimir-putin/ Reviewed by John Handley, Vice President, American Diplomacy Both authors served in the Reagan and G. H. W. Bush administrations in … Continued

The “Fun House Mirror” and “Moribund” Public Diplomacy

May 2014

Review by Donald M. Bishop Through a Screen Darkly:  Popular Culture, Public Diplomacy, and America’s Image Abroad, by Martha Bayles, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014, ISBN-13: 978-0300123388, 336 pp., $30.00  (Hardcover), $14.99 (Kindle) Professor Martha Bayles of Boston College … 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 Good Spy

May 2014

Review by Donald Camp The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames by Kai Bird, New York: Crown, May 20, 2014, ISBN-13: 978-0307889751, 448 pp., $20.03 (Hardcover), $10.99 (Kindle). Robert Ames, “The Good Spy” in Kai Bird’s masterful … Continued