Category Archives: International Relations

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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If You Had Trust, You Would Not Fear

For the last few days quite a lot of panicky people have talked about their fear that they were about to witness the start of a massive war between the United States and Iran.  While plenty of potentially provocative incidents … Continue reading

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Book Review: An Unwanted War

An Unwanted War:  The Diplomacy Of The United States & Spain Over Cuba 1895-1898, by John L. Offner Diplomatic history is one of the more underrated genres of history, and this book is certainly a worthwhile history that examines a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Africa’s World War

Africa’s World War:  Congo, The Rwandan Genocide, And The Making Of A Continental Catastrophe, by Gérard Prunier If you are looking for a book that helps explain the complicated and convoluted nature of the Congo War, this book does a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Statecraft

Statecraft:  Strategies For A Changing World, by Margaret Thatcher You can do a lot worse, and not much if at all better, when it comes to reading about geopolitics, than to take a look at what Margaret Thatcher had to … Continue reading

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What Would Margaret Thatcher Do?

From time to time I ponder the importance in our times to thinking of what someone in the past would do [1], and as it happened that in the aftermath of a massive victory by Britain’s conservatives in what was … Continue reading

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The Strength Of Local Attachments

One of the more notable ways that maps lie is in the way that they view states as unitary structures.  We look on a map and see the United States as one color and neglect to see the massive diversity … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Making Of The Arab-Israeli Conflict

The Making Of The Arab-Israeli Conflict:  1947-1951, by Ilan Pappé If you want to read what a pro-Arab source has to say about the start of the Arab-Israeli conflict, this book will provide that.  Now, admittedly, my own views of … Continue reading

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On Civil Wars: A Thought Experiment

From time immemorial I have had a realist view of foreign and domestic affairs, and that has usually involved examining the context and consequences of actions or looking at what conditions would have to be present for such and such … Continue reading

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Bijî Kurdistan

For some time the Kurds have been a people whose fate I have pondered and reflected upon [1].  And there is good reason for that, several good reasons in fact.  For one, as someone who was born to a family … Continue reading

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