Post Tagged with: "America"

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.

Mythic America in a Globalizing MythWorld: Political Dreams and Shadows

Mythic America in a Globalizing MythWorld: Political Dreams and Shadows

American dreams and shadows are the good, the bad, and the ugly narratives of America. The dream is a myth of democracy, justice, and peace. The shadow sees a deep lie at the heart of the dream.

Twenty Years after Huntington’s ‘Clash of Civilisations’

Twenty Years after Huntington’s ‘Clash of Civilisations’

Huntington’s work, although flawed in various respects, perfectly captured the zeitgeist at the end of the Cold War and encapsulated the hopes and fears of globalisation.

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.

Is Obama’s Foreign Policy Different From George W. Bush’s?

Is Obama’s Foreign Policy Different From George W. Bush’s?

Obama’s successes have come when he has followed the policies of the Bush administration. His failures have come when he has attempted to implement his own initiatives.

Review – The Counter-Counter Insurgency Manual

Review – The Counter-Counter Insurgency Manual

This book opposes the militarization of anthropology, and views the US army’s effort to enlist anthropologists as fieldworkers as ethically repugnant.

Review – Confront and Conceal

Review – Confront and Conceal

Those wishing to understand the limitations of American power and how difficult the foreign policy-making process will be in an age of austerity should consult this first draft of history.

Review – Tiger Trap: America’s Secret Spy War with China

Review – Tiger Trap: America’s Secret Spy War with China

The stakes of Chinese espionage against the US are higher than ever. Tiger Trap is a timely book which enriches understanding of the issue.

In Panetta’s Wake

In Panetta’s Wake

The US Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta, recently concluded a sweeping trip across much of Asia. Despite initial missteps when it followed a China first policy and also sought to assuage Pakistan’s concerns, the Obama administration now seeks to work with India as the linchpin of its Asian security strategy.

Review – The Wars of Afghanistan

Review – The Wars of Afghanistan

Peter Tomsen has provided a comprehensive account of Afghanistan’s recent conflicts and illuminates aspects of this history in ways that only he could really achieve.

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?

Assessing Continuity and Change in Obama’s Foreign and National Security Policies

Assessing Continuity and Change in Obama’s Foreign and National Security Policies

Rather than do something on behalf of Middle East peace, the Obama administration has buckled, proving unwilling to confront an Israeli government set on measures that will greatly diminish the prospect of creating a Palestinian state.

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