Category Archives: International Relations

Conversations with History

If you want more than the usual media storylines about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and foreign policy in general, check out Conversations with History (website, iTunes, Youtube), a TV program from the Institute of International Studies at University … Continue reading

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Nation building in Iraq: success or failure?

Did “the surge” work? Is Iraq on its way to becoming a beacon of democracy and economic transparency in the Middle East? In a word, no. That’s the dispiriting take-home lesson from political scientist Pete W. Moore’s lecture American Nation-State … Continue reading

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How to predict the future with game theory

Will the Copenhagen climate summit lead to any meaningful reductions in greenhouse gasses? In a word, no. That’s the confidant prediction of the “Predictioneer,” a.k.a. Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, professor of politics at New York University, who has developed a … Continue reading

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The Cold War is history

Many conditions were necessary for the end of the Cold War to happen as it did. In an academic conference, entitled The Cold War is History (iTunes, website), Stanford historian James Sheehan reminds us that even when the Berlin wall … Continue reading

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The Middle East as a game of “Risk”

Want to think about the Middle East in a whole new way? Check out The War in Gaza and Southern Israel: Ramifications for Israel, the Palestinians and the Middle East (website, iTunes), a lecture by Tel Aviv University historian Asher … Continue reading

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Two views of Israel at 61

In honor of Israel’s 61st birthday this week, here are two interesting lectures about the Jewish state. First, historian and veteran peacenik Tom Segev gives a sobering assessment of prospects for peace in Understanding The Israelis (website). In this University … Continue reading

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You’re invited to free class on global warming

In what may be a first in free open-access education, the University of Pennsylvania is inviting all comers to take part in a course on Sustainable Environmental Policy & Global Politics (website, iTunes, YouTube). You can download the lectures on … Continue reading

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American Foreign Policy in Historical Perspective

Does this sound familiar? A new Republican administration comes in. There is an unprecedented attack on American interests in its first year in office. A group of defense intellectuals see this as a big opportunity to turn American foreign policy … Continue reading

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Last chance for UCSD summer session #2

The second summer session at the University of California, San Diego is drawing to a close this week.  If UCSD continues past policy, all of the course podcasts for the summer session will soon disappear from the UCSD podcast website.  … Continue reading

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“The Return of History and the End of Dreams”

Almost 20 years after the end of the Cold War, we can look back and ask, did the promised new era dawn?  Did we achieve the “New World Order” that George Bush I proclaimed? Was the victory of the West … Continue reading

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