Stephen Kinzer stops by the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs to discuss his new book.

Host Chris Hedges talks to journalist and author Stephen Kinzer about efforts by Riyadh and Washington to cripple Iran’s economy, inevitably putting Saudi Arabia, its Gulf allies and Washington on a collision course with the Islamic republic that could end in war. Kinzer is author of Reset: Iran, Turkey and America’s Future and All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror.

What cheese can tell us about US-Russia relations

What cheese can tell us about US-Russia relations

SEVERAL RUSSIANS I MET during my visit last month advised me to notice cheese. Sure enough, in Russia cheese is plentiful, tasty, and available in many varieties. Why is that interesting? “Russian cheese was always terrible,” a waitress in Novosibirsk explained. “All good cheese was imported. Now, because of sanctions, we can’t import cheese any […]

The CIA chemist who sought the secrets of mind control

The CIA chemist who sought the secrets of mind control

THIS MONTH I published my 10th book, and for the first time, I’m truly shocked at what I discovered. Decades of trying to understand the hidden power of governments and other potent global forces did not prepare me for this. I think I discovered the most powerful unknown American of the 20th century — unless […]

The ‘forever war’ that began on 9/11

As we observe another anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack that shattered American life 18 years ago, its full impact is still unfolding. Those who planned it succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. The airborne assaults that took nearly 3,000 lives on that day may now be seen as the most diabolically successful terror attack […]