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LISTEN: History’s Lessons for American Foreign Policy in 2017
In conversation with Jonathan Curiel, Author; Journalist – As President Trump takes office, how should the United States act in the world? Drawing on his latest book, Stephen Kinzer will transport us back to the early 20th century, when the United States first found itself with the chance to dominate faraway lands.
Stephen Kinzer on “Trending Globally” Podcast
Stephen Kinzer reads an excerpt from his new book, The True Flag, and discusses American imperialism today and yesterday.
Oman: the joy of benevolent dictatorship
ON A SUMMER morning in 1970, British commandos stormed the royal palace in Oman, captured the sultan, forced him to abdicate, and placed his son on the throne. Violent interventions like this one, aimed at securing the imperial goals of distant hegemons, often have disastrous consequences. The opposite happened in Oman. In the 47 years since […]
A Warning From the Middle East
AFTER LIVING in Turkey for years, I concluded that Turkish democracy was deeply enough rooted so that no demagogic leader could throw it off track. I was wrong. Now I believe the same thing about the United States: that our institutions are strong enough to withstand even the force of an autocratic president. I may be […]