Center Coordinator Hosts an Open Discussion on Dissenting Diplomats

Program Coordinator Michael Busch is hosting an open discussion with Hannah Gurman on opposition of US diplomats to American foreign policy.

Hannah Gurman’s The Dissent Papers. Image:

On Sunday, July 8, I’ll be hosting the FireDogLake Book Salon with New York University’s Hannah Gurman at 2:00pm. We’ll be discussing her recent book, The Dissent Papers: The Voices of Diplomats in the Cold War and BeyondAs FDL notes,

Beginning with the Cold War and concluding with the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Hannah Gurman explores the overlooked opposition of U.S. diplomats to American foreign policy in the latter half of the twentieth century. During America’s reign as a dominant world power, U.S. presidents and senior foreign policy officials largely ignored or rejected their diplomats’ reports, memos, and telegrams, especially when they challenged key policies relating to the Cold War, China, and the wars in Vietnam and Iraq. The Dissent Papers recovers these diplomats’ invaluable perspective and their commitment to the transformative power of diplomatic writing. Continue reading “Center Coordinator Hosts an Open Discussion on Dissenting Diplomats”

World’s Largest Refugee Camp Turns 20-Years-Old. That’s a Major Problem.

Located in Eastern Kenya, Dadaab is the largest refugee camp in the world with almost half a million refugees. 500,000 people in temporary housing, with no water, electricity, or income.

A school at the Dadaab refugee camp, in Kenya. Photo: Public Domain

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Depressing right? Located in Eastern Kenya, Dadaab is the largest refugee camp in the world with almost half a million refugees living there. That’s 500,000 people. Living in temporary housing – mostly tents, but also mud and brick houses. With no water, electricity, means of income..nothing.

There are 10,000 third-generation refugees in Dadaab. What the hell?? That means their parents were born in the camp as well. It was set up 20 years ago with 90,000 Somali refugees fleeing the Somali civil war of 1991/1992. Continue reading “World’s Largest Refugee Camp Turns 20-Years-Old. That’s a Major Problem.”

Moving Beyond the Mafia State

If international relations (IR) scholarship is to advance policymakers’ understanding of transnational organized crime and its role with respect to state power — and therefore by extension, the best ways to militate against illicit power corrupting the national interests of states — new theoretical frameworks are needed.

Moisés Naím, World Economic Forum on Latin America
Moisés Naím at the 2009 World Economic Forum on Latin America. Photo: World Economic Forum / Creative Commons

Originally posted on Huffington Post by Center Coordinator Michael Busch.

Earlier this spring, Moisés Naím provocatively warned against an emerging menace facing our world today — the advent of what he terms the “mafia state.” Analyzing the role of transnational organized crime in the age of globalization has been Naím’s bailiwick for some years now, and familiar readers will find little that catches them off-guard. Still, his argument that illicit actors have penetrated national governments with unprecedented success in recent years should be enough for policymakers to take notice. Naím doesn’t mince words about what’s at stake. “In a mafia state, high government officials actually become integral players in, if not the leaders of, criminal enterprises, and the defense and promotion of those enterprises’ businesses become official priorities.” Continue reading “Moving Beyond the Mafia State”

General Powell Discusses His Book, Iraq, Reagan, and Squirrels on The Daily Show

General Powell appeared on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” to discuss his new book, how he looks back on his support of the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and his time with President Reagan (and squirrels).

Gen. Powell with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. Image via video screenshot.

Last night, General Colin L. Powell appeared on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” to promote his new book, It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership. Powell discussed his “13 Rules”, fielded questions about his support for the 2003 invasion of Iraq , and recounted stories about President Reagan- and squirrels. Continue reading “General Powell Discusses His Book, Iraq, Reagan, and Squirrels on The Daily Show”