Teacher, learner, troublemaker. Assistant Professor of Political Science & International Studies, Dickinson College, PA, USA. Specialist in the Middle East including Turkey. Former British diplomat. Member of the NITLE Advisory Board.
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- Why Turkey's authoritarian descent shakes up democratic theory - The Washington Post on May 23, 16
- Leif Wenar on Blood Oil | EconTalk | Library of Economics and Liberty on May 23, 16
- Five films that will help you understand the modern Arab world | Middle East Eye on May 22, 16
- Sabahattin Ali’s Madonna in a Fur Coat – the surprise Turkish bestseller | Books | The Guardian on May 21, 16
- Don’t Blame Sykes-Picot for the Middle East’s Mess | Foreign Policy on May 19, 16
- Ghannouchi and Nahda appear to break with Muslim Brotherhood | The Mideastwire Blog on May 18, 16
- Young Evangelicals Evolve on Israel | Best Countries | US News on May 18, 16
The Donald vs. the Blob | Foreign Policy on May 18, 16
To be fair, most of the people who labor in government or in the penumbra of foreign-policy institutions are patriotic, well-meaning, intelligent, and dedicated and sincerely believe in what they are doing. They want the United States to be secure and prosperous, and they would like to make the rest of the world a better place. And sometimes they do just that. But many of these people are also ambitious, and they are imbedded in a system that rewards conformity, rarely if ever questions the value of U.S. “global leadership,” and is quick to marginalize anyone who thinks America’s self-indulgent approach to foreign policy might be doing more harm than good.
Hillary Clinton is intimately connected to this community and cannot help being linked to its recent performance. By signing up all those experienced foreign-policy insiders, she reinforces her association with some of the good things the United States has done in recent years. But it also means that she owns the past 25 years of foreign-policy missteps
She has little choice but to defend the strategy of liberal hegemony pursued by all three post-Cold War presidents: If anything, she is more enthusiastic about it than President Barack Obama has been. Her problem is that this record is not easy to defend.
Trump is under no such burden. Because his only responsibility over the past 25 years has been mismanaging the fortune he inherited, cultivating celebrity, courting a series of wives, and presiding over a reality TV show, he is free to criticize Clinton and her phalanx of advisors and appeal to the voters’ worst instincts with vague and wildly optimistic promises of his own. Knowledgeable foreign-policy experts have been quick to attack his various proposals, but these experts may not have much street cred this year.
- The Machine Stops: Did EM Forster predict the internet age? - BBC News on May 18, 16
- Egypt's cabinet passes long-awaited media and press bill - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online on May 17, 16
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