From the Desk of David Dunford: Why Experienced Diplomats Take Notes

David J. Dunford served three years as the U.S. ambassador to Oman and served four years, including during the 1990–91 Gulf War, as the deputy ambassador to Saudi Arabia. He is a member of the governing board of the University of Arizona’s Center for Middle East Studies. He has taught courses on the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Middle East business environment at the University of Arizona and has consulted for both the government and the private sector on Middle East issues. He is the coauthor of Talking to Strangers: The Struggle to Rebuild Iraq’s Foreign Ministry. He divides his time between Tucson and Durango. He … Continue reading From the Desk of David Dunford: Why Experienced Diplomats Take Notes

Happy Book Birthday to Prudence Bushnell’s memoir

Book Birthdays celebrate one year of a book’s life in tweets, reviews, and more. This month we’re saying Happy First Birthday to Terrorism, Betrayal, and Resilience by Prudence Bushnell.   About the Book: On August 7, 1998, three years before President George W. Bush declared the War on Terror, the radical Islamist group al-Qaeda bombed the American embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, where Prudence Bushnell was serving as U.S. ambassador. Terrorism, Betrayal, and Resilience is her account of what happened, how it happened, and its impact twenty years later. When the bombs went off in Kenya and neighboring Tanzania that day, Congress was in … Continue reading Happy Book Birthday to Prudence Bushnell’s memoir

From the Desk of Heather S. Gregg: Iraq and Afghanistan One Year after Building the Nation

Heather Selma Gregg is an associate professor at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Department of Defense Analysis. She is the author of Building the Nation: Missed Opportunities in Iraq & Afghanistan (Potomac Books, 2018), The Path to Salvation: Religious Violence from the … Continue reading From the Desk of Heather S. Gregg: Iraq and Afghanistan One Year after Building the Nation

From the desk of Matthew Oyos: Practicing War—Theodore Roosevelt and the Modern Maneuver

Matthew Oyos is a professor of history at Radford University in Radford, Virginia. He is the author of In Command: Theodore Roosevelt and the American Military (June 2018). Missiles, nuclear weapons, and summit meetings have fastened the world’s attention on the … Continue reading From the desk of Matthew Oyos: Practicing War—Theodore Roosevelt and the Modern Maneuver

Publicist Picks: Cultural Perspectives, True Crime, and Other June Books

Jackson Adams and Anna Weir are publicists at UNP. Today they share their thoughts about a few upcoming titles they’re particularly excited about as readers. The books in this discussion will be published in June. Anna Weir: Welcome to Team Publicity, Jackson! I hope … Continue reading Publicist Picks: Cultural Perspectives, True Crime, and Other June Books

From the Desk of Peter Eicher: Negotiating in the Far East – we’ve done this before

Peter Eicher is the author Raising the Flag: America’s First Envoys in Foreign Lands (June 2018). He is a retired U.S. Foreign Service officer who served in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Pacific. He currently lives in Washington, … Continue reading From the Desk of Peter Eicher: Negotiating in the Far East – we’ve done this before