Category Archives: Obama

Inconvenient Truths about the Syria Crisis

The time for more detached scholarly research on the interstate conflict over responding to the Syrian civil war, and war crimes therein, will come later. Clearly the 21 August chemical weapon attacks intensified this conflict greatly. The affective geopolitical complex … Continue reading

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The Saddest Place: Beslan Plus 9

Nine years ago the siege of School Number 1 in Beslan, North Ossetia ended in disastrous circumstances with 336 people killed, almost two hundred of them children. The mundane ramshackle ruins of the gutted school buildings are deeply affecting reminders … Continue reading

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Power and Policy in the United States. Fall 2013 Course Syllabus

Financial Times Graphic, Iraq War 2003-2013. This semester I am teaching a foundational Masters level course for our Masters of Public and International Affairs degree in the National Capital Region, Power and Policy in the United States. The course is a new … Continue reading

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‘Dirty Wars’ Washington premier at E Street cinema

Because the initial showing sold out E Street switched the show to Theatre 4, their largest, and it was almost full by showtime. Despite the topic, the US corn industry had a good night as people were shoveling the stuff … Continue reading

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Bend it like ‘Bama

So what have one million people done to my football pitch? Has majestic battle hymn democracy destroyed the ground friends and I play soccer upon every Sunday? Well I suppose an alliterative public extension of the bonds of inclusion in … Continue reading

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“We have to fix that”

Among the many pleasures on election night last month was seeing the fire in Obama’s eye as he went off script — “by the way, we have to fix that” — during a wonderful election night speech. He was referring … Continue reading

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The Third Debate: Politics is the Enemy of Strategy

The third debate introduced US citizens, and an international audience to a geographic variant of a staple political attack. And, you know, Governor Romney, I’m glad that you agree that we have been successful in going after Al Qaida, but … Continue reading

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