Category Archives: International Relations

Book Review: Hero: The Life And Legend Of Lawrence Of Arabia

Hero:  The Life And Legend Of Lawrence Of Arabia, by Michael Korda This book, a sprawling effort of about 700 pages, sufficiently demonstrates the difficulty of writing about its subject.  There are a variety of reasons for that–the subject remains … Continue reading

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Book Review: Seven Pillars Of Wisdom: A Triumph

Seven Pillars Of Wisdom:  A Triumph, by T.E. Lawrence This sprawling book of more than 650 pages is evidence simultaneously of the reason why autobiographies cannot be trusted and also why they cannot be rejected out of hand either.  As … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lawrence In Arabia

Lawrence In Arabia:  War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, And The Making Of The Modern Middle East, by Scott Anderson It is probably best not to know how the modern Middle East was made.  This book focuses on a small set of … Continue reading

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Cyprus: A Case Study On The Problems Of Trust

According to the UNDP, solid majorities of both Greek and Turkish Cypriots do not believe that the other side is willing to make the compromises that would be necessary for both to live in the same country in peace.  As … Continue reading

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North Macedonia And The Benefits Of Squashing Beefs

It may be an unpalatable truth to admit, but the behavior of nations when it comes to diplomacy is not always handled at the most rational and mature manner.  In 1991, the nation of North Macedonia [1] declared its independence … Continue reading

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Book Review: From Third World To First

From Third World To First:  The Singapore Story:  1965-2000, by Lee Kuan Yew This is a big book, coming in at about 700 pages.  In reading this book I was struck by both its similarities and its differences with Margaret … Continue reading

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Book Review: The War To End All Wars

The War To End All Wars:  World War I, by Russell Freedman Spoiler alert:  World War I was not the war to end all wars.  As someone who enjoys reading a lot of books relating to military history, there is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Revolutionary Brothers

Revolutionary Brothers:  Thomas Jefferson, The Marquis De Lafayette, And The Friendship That Helped Forge Two Nations, by Tom Chaffin The unfortunate truth of the matter is that the lives of Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis De Lafayette did not intersect … Continue reading

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Book Review: War On Peace

War On Peace:  The End Of Diplomacy And The Decline Of American Influence, by Ronan Farrow In reading this book, I have to appreciate the general fairness of the author’s approach when it comes to dealing with the issue of … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Downing Street Years

The Downing Street Years, by Margaret Thatcher A great many political memoirs are full of obfuscation and self-deception and a distinct lack of detail as the author tries to paint themselves as some sort of transformational leader who is somehow … Continue reading

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