Author profile: Matthew A. Hill

Matthew A. Hill

Matthew A. Hill is a senior lecturer in International Relations at Anglia Ruskin University. The aim of this blog is to examine US politics and pick an idea not fully-formed and run with it to see where it goes. Sometimes it will wither away but othertimes it will inspire to think about the idea further. Your input is encouraged and welcomed.

Rent-a-Gob: Academics for Hire

Rent-a-Gob: Academics for Hire

Academics are constantly being asked to play white coated experts in the media, dispensing pearls of 20 second segmented wisdom about a particular issue. Whether or not what they say is intelligent is another matter.

I Say Democracy Promotion, You Say Democracy-Development, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off?

I Say Democracy Promotion, You Say Democracy-Development, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off?

The failures to develop stable democracies in Afghanistan and Iraq have shaped the study of U.S. democracy promotion.

Understanding US Foreign Policy: It’s All About the Pinto Beans!

Understanding US Foreign Policy: It’s All About the Pinto Beans!

Are USAID’s beans the culturally neutral beans of the world? Do they ‘do no harm’? Or, are they grown in excessive numbers by US farmers?

Walter Russell Mead, Anklebiters, and Romney’s Vision of the Future

Walter Russell Mead, Anklebiters, and Romney’s Vision of the Future

Romney has been quite vocal in his push for energy independence in North America by 2020. This has more to do with generating domestic economic growth than America’s national security.

Does Gender Matter When Discussing Foreign Policy and International Relations?

Does Gender Matter When Discussing Foreign Policy and International Relations?

A feminist analysis of international relations is often placed at the end of a university module syllabus. How could a gender discussion be better incorporated into a module syllabus?

Contesting Sovereignty Over Pacific Islands During WWII

Contesting Sovereignty Over Pacific Islands During WWII

During World War II, the Pacific Islands were an area of great power rivalry between the otherwise allied Britain and the United States The catalyst for this rivalry was the expansion of civil and military aviation.

Is Contemporary American Conservatism More Than Just a Reactionary Ideological Platform?

Is Contemporary American Conservatism More Than Just a Reactionary Ideological Platform?

The term ‘conservative’ has been branded by politicians as a framework which allows them to peddle their political positions.

My Limitations as a White British Man…

My Limitations as a White British Man…

I have faced a number of difficulties, as all researchers do, when designing, developing and implementing a project. How do I obtain my data, for example, or will I have significant findings?

Bryan Adams and Bears: Who cares about Canadian foreign policy?

Bryan Adams and Bears: Who cares about Canadian foreign policy?

Being a US foreign policy specialist I have always dismissed Canadian foreign policy as non-existent. Perhaps I was wrong!

Tea with Madam Secretary, Part II

The following is one of the questions I asked Secretary Albright: Do you see the decision by the Security Council to vote in favour of a US-led military engagement as the beginning of a significant development in a movement towards protecting human security at the expense of national sovereignty?

Tea with Madam Secretary, Part I

My most recent interview was with Madeleine Albright, the US foreign policy practitioner and policy-maker, the women’s rights implementer in foreign policy during her time as a US Ambassador to the UN and as Secretary of State, the daughter of a Czechoslovak dissident who was a recipient of US support during WWII and the Cold War, and finally as the academic examining foreign policy.

Who is Victor Alexander Louis Mallet?!!!

In establishing a database full of thousands of government documents there are nearly as many individuals mentioned in them. I enjoy opening the files and folders, not really knowing what I am going to read, the stale odours of the 60 year old pages gently waft up to my nose, and smell like the really old books in university libraries that no one ever really opens.

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