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Three Ways Lawrence of Arabia Still Captures the Middle East

Three Ways Lawrence of Arabia Still Captures the Middle East

Beyond its value to film history and in spite of its Hollywood embellishments, “Lawrence” still speaks truths about the West’s relationship to the Middle East.

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The Case for Regional AUMFs

The Case for Regional AUMFs

A “regional AUMF” would codify the long-standing practice of executive “doctrines” governing U.S. policy towards particular regions.

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Defending Europe

Defending Europe

While there are strong arguments in the EU’s defense, the EU remains unready – and according to some poll data, unwilling – to defend itself.

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The Value of Talking Hamlet in Tehran

The Value of Talking Hamlet in Tehran

Why an Iranian Shakespeare Congress? And why now?

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At Budget Hearings, Kerry and Congress Talk Strategy

At Budget Hearings, Kerry and Congress Talk Strategy

Last week, Secretary of State John Kerry appeared before the Senate Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee and House Foreign Affairs Committee to discuss the FY2016 Foreign Affairs Budget. That budget, while comprising only 1 percent of overall federal spending, reflects the regional and topical complexity of U.S. policy abroad.

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Mesopotamia at Versailles

Mesopotamia at Versailles

This year, the centenary of the start of World War I, has seen reexaminations of its immediate causes. Reexamination of the historic peace attempted at its conclusion, however, is even more relevant to the current crises in foreign policy.

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At West Point, Obama Completed His “Pivot” Away from U.S. Unilateralism

At West Point, Obama Completed His “Pivot” Away from U.S. Unilateralism


President Barack Obama’s West Point commencement address last week was not an announcement of a new direction in American foreign policy — it was a defense of the policy path already chosen. The most significant takeaway from the speech — if not its biggest headline — was the …

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Re-Thinking China’s Future

Re-Thinking China’s Future


U.S. defense policy has been appropriately preoccupied with terrorism since 9/11, and in fact since the end of the Cold War. During the same timespan, however, the impact China’s rise has been the most debated geostrategic issue in U.S. security circles. Most agree on the significance of China’s development …

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From Beirut to Jerusalem Turns 25

From Beirut to Jerusalem Turns 25

 
The New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman’s landmark book From Beirut to Jerusalem turns 25 this year. It remains a compelling overview of Middle East history for those who are not specialists in the region. Reading it today, Friedman’s description of a region where identities are primarily tribal is informed …

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Europe Keeps “Talking Turkey”; Is Turkey Listening?

Europe Keeps “Talking Turkey”; Is Turkey Listening?

 

The tables have turned in Turkey’s relationship to Europe over the past decade. That is fitting. Both Turkey and Europe have changed dramatically in those ensuing years, both economically and politically. The potential for Turkey’s accession to the European Union (EU) was long seen as a measure …

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The Pope’s Global ‘Bully Pulpit’

The Pope’s Global ‘Bully Pulpit’


Over a month has passed since the release of Pope Francis’ Evangelii Guadium – the first major ‘apostolic exhortation’ of his papacy. Elected less than a year ago, much has already been written in both Catholic and secular …

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Acting Havel

Acting Havel


I recently appeared in a production of Protest. one of the better-known one-act plays written by former Czech President Vaclav Havel. It’s is an hour-long dialogue between two characters. Stanek, an outwardly prosperous writer, is a toer of the communist party line; Vanek, a fellow writer, is …

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Surprises in the Kennan Legacy

Surprises in the Kennan Legacy


The cover photo of George Kennan on the paperback edition of  John Lewis Gaddis’ biography shows a man of ease and erudition – an approachable professor. By contrast, the initial hardcover edition shows an expressionless man in hat and overcoat, stoic and still as a bronze statue. …

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Remembering the Monuments Men

Remembering the Monuments Men


An A-list film adaptation of Robert Edsel’s The Monuments Men is slated for a Christmas release. It’s a story ready-made for the screen; an ideal and award-ready prestige picture for the holiday season. I recently read Edsel’s book after hearing the author lecture on his subsequent work, …

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European Defense: Efficiency, Wealth and Will

European Defense: Efficiency, Wealth and Will

McKinsey and Company recently collaborated with the Munich Security Conference to release a report: The Future of European Defence. It recommends how European Union (EU) nations might improve the cost efficiency of military operations. The report raises, …

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About the Author

Michael Crowley
Michael Crowley

Mike Crowley received his MA with distinction from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in American Foreign Policy and European Studies. He's worked at the Center for Strategic International Studies, Akin Gump, and The Pew Charitable Trusts. He's also an acting student at The Studio Theatre and a volunteer at the National Gallery of Art, and he may look for ways to work both into the blog occasionally.

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