An American embassy hasn’t been the source of this much ire since 1979. While the opening of an embassy is usually a stolid diplomatic occasion, filled with polite goodwill and handshakes between dignitaries, the opening of the new American embassy in Jerusalem was anything but. At best contentious and at worst (and it was indeed … More The US Embassy in Jerusalem: For What Purpose?
Has there been anything like it in modern-day diplomacy? Perhaps not. Perhaps because world leaders are not given the luxury of time to spend on what has been an elaborate PR campaign of both man and country. Perhaps because no country has essentially the luxury of picking and choosing what aspects of itself to improve … More The Prince’s Publicity Tour
You can’t get anything accomplished if no one gives a damn. Matthieu Aikens’ ‘Last Tango in Kabul,’ which appeared 18 August in Rolling Stone, is a fascinating and well-written article. I read it eagerly, and it reminded me of other pieces-fiction and non-fiction-that I have read on Afghanistan. The country shouldn’t be interesting, from a … More Who cares about Afghanistan?
Or we can just send them training wheels and meet them at the border with Gatorade. -Tony Mendez Ben Affleck’s film Argo (nominated for the Oscar’s Best Picture award) may be just a movie, but I call it a great propaganda piece for international relations, and, more specifically, a way to show that sometimes you … More Argo Fuck Yourself: Proof that nonviolent Means can be a Success
Is Osama bin Laden really dead? While watching Zero Dark Thirty at the movies this past Saturday night I asked myself that question. For those of you who haven’t heard of the movie which will no doubt blow away the Oscars this year, Zero Dark Thirty is Hollywood’s rendition of the ten years it took … More Zero Dark Thirty: A Case for International Relations