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
The following is an excerpt from Of One Mind and Of One Government: The Rise and Fall of the Creek Nation in the Early Republic by Kevin Kokomoor. From the Introduction At the beginning of the nineteenth century a political Creek … Continue reading Excerpt: Of One Mind and Of One Government
The following is an excerpt from Diversifying Diplomacy: My Journey from Roxbury to Dakar (December 2017) by Harriet Lee Elam-Thomas with Jim Robison. From Chapter 4: Young, Black, Female, and . . . from the White House Foreign Service officers serve at … Continue reading Excerpt: Diversifying Diplomacy
The following contribution comes from Michael K. Bess, author of Routes of Compromise Building Roads and Shaping the Nation in Mexico, 1917-1952 (December 2017). Bess teaches history at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas in Mexico. As a youth, I became … Continue reading From the Desk of Michael K. Bess: Paths for Openness, Exchange, and Understanding
The following is an excerpt from How We Won and Lost the War in Afghanistan: Two Years in the Pashtun Homeland (November 2017) by Douglas Grindle. Prologue In the faded photo a woman stands in bright sunlight in the middle of a poor … Continue reading Excerpt: How We Won and Lost the War in Afghanistan
This year marks Nebraska’s sesquicentennial—150 years since we were admitted as the 37th state. To celebrate, Nebraska 150 Books has put together a list of the 150 most important books about Nebraska. Today we’re sharing just a few of the noteworthy UNP … Continue reading Reading List: Nebraska 150 Books
David Starkey is a professor of English at Santa Barbara City College and the editor of Living Blue in the Red States. He served as Santa Barbara’s 2009-2010 Poet Laureate and is Director of the Creative Writing Program at Santa Barbara City … Continue reading From the desk of David Starkey: Living Purple
The following is an excerpt from Fit for the Presidency?: Winners, Losers, What-Ifs, and Also-Rans (January 2017) by Seymour Morris Jr. Morris is a former political pollster, head of corporate communications, and international entrepreneur. He is the author of American History Revised: 200 Facts … Continue reading Excerpt: Fit for the Presidency?