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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: 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: 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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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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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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Book Review: Patriot Pirates (1)

Patriots Pirates:  The Privateer War For Freedom And Fortune In The American Revolution, by Robert H. Patton This book is one I have read before, but it forms a poignant part of a much longer story.  After all, this book … Continue reading

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The Fan As Ambassador

For a variety of reasons, I tend to think seriously about the issue of fandom [1], not least because it is an issue which I find to be greatly important in surprising ways in our lives.  To say that one … Continue reading

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