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Why Keep State Department Special Envoys?

October 2017

The secretary of State’s plan to eliminate or merge several high-profile positions has many supporters. by Krishnadev Calamur Reprinted with permission from The Atlantic. When news reports surfaced this week that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson intended to eliminate … Continued

Democracy and Values of the Enlightenment Under Siege

October 2017

by Marc Grossman Reprinted with permission from the author and YaleGlobal Online. 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

Why Diplomacy

October 2017

Why Diplomacy American Academy of Diplomacy by Ronald E. Neumann Permission to reprint courtesy of Ms. Kristin McHugh, Executive Director and It’s essential to the successful pursuit of national security, foreign policy and economic goals. Why should Americans pay … Continued

Jihad as Grand Strategy

October 2017

Review by Jon Dorschner Jihad as Grand Strategy (Islamist Militancy, National Security, and the Pakistani State) by S. Paul Kapur, Oxford University Press: New York, 2017, ISBN 978-0-19-976852-3, 177 pp., $39.95 (Hardcover). Although the United States was a long-term patron … Continued

American Diplomacy Links—March/April 2017

September 2017

“The Twilight of the Liberal World Order” In recent years, the liberal world order that has held sway over international affairs for the past seven decades has been fragmenting under the pressure of systemic economic stresses, growing tribalism and nationalism, … Continued

The Evolving Terrorism Threat from Nixon to Trump

September 2017

This article is adapted from a draft of a forthcoming book U.S Counterterrorism efforts, from Nixon to Bush. (CPC Press/Taylor&Francis Group). Ambassador (rtd) Edward Marks and Michael B Kraft are also co-authors of U.S. Counterterrorism: A Guide to Who Does … Continued

Murrow’s Cold War

January 2017

by Renee Earle Murrow’s Cold War: Public Diplomacy for the Kennedy Administration (2016) by Gregory M. Tomlin. University of Nebraska Press: Potomac Books. ISBN 978-1-61234-771-4. 400 pp 12 illustrations. Hardcover, 34.95. For many Public Diplomacy practitioners, the three years that … Continued

Beyond Benghazi: U.S. Public Diplomacy in Troubled Times

October 2016 Interview: Ambassador Thomas Pickering at George Washington University  12/2013 Intro: Despite a VERY rough transcript, this interview with one of the State Department’s greats is well worth the slog. Better yet, listen to the audio. Thomas Pickering … Continued

World Order

February 2015

Review by Amb. (ret.) Michael W. Cotter World Order, by Henry Kissinger, Penguin Press: New York, N.Y., 2014, ISBN-13: 978-1-59420-614-6, 374 pp. $21.60 (Hardcover), $18.99 (Kindle) A major challenge for writers explaining current events for general audiences is to provide … Continued

Thoughts of Afghanistan and the Impending Withdrawal

November 2014

by Richard Averna Introduction The significance of failed, failing and weak states prior to September 11, 2001 was primarily considered a humanitarian crisis with associated human rights violations of genocide and ethnic cleansing. Their direct impact on United States’ security … 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

102 Days of War: Two Perspectives

April 2014

Reviewed by Amb. (ret.)  Michael W. Cotter, Publisher, American Diplomacy and by Dr. John W, Handley, Vice President, American Diplomacy

Restless Valley

February 2014

Review by Amb. (ret.) Michael W. Cotter, Publisher, American Diplomacy Restless Valley: Revolution, Murder, and Intrigue in the Heart of Central Asia, by Philip Shiskin, Yale University Press, 2013, Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-300-18436-5, pp. 301, $20.07 Hardcover, $14.99/$15.49 E-Book (Kindle/Nook) Some … Continued

Used and Abandoned in Afghanistan

January 2014

by Godfrey Garner As 2014 draws near, the anticipation on the streets and within the thick compound walls of the villages in Afghanistan grows more and more. And around the world, virtually every developed nation has a tangible economic investment … Continued