Debating Trump’s Foreign Policy

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by Henry Precht Some of you may have heard the other day a Maine Public Radio discussion of Trumpian foreign affairs by a panel that included an ex-diplomat, an academic, and a fusion of the two. I listened and was poised… Continue Reading  

The Syrian War: Two Lessons for Trump

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by Henry Precht The roots of US involvement in the Syrian war run deep and wide. On our side we can start with the Korean conflict, which ended in a tie and a lesson taught: never fight a land war in… Continue Reading  

The Virtues of Diplomacy

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by Henry Precht Diplomats are normally seen as mild, perhaps timid people associated with tea sipping and good manners. I could (barely) have passed for one when I was working on Iran in the State Department during the 1979-80 Iran hostage… Continue Reading  

How Iran Can Help the US Sort Out Its Problems

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by Henry Precht Old Iran hands are familiar with the American record of assisting in the development of that country. Our major aid program ran until the late 1960s while a Peace Corps contingent remained into the mid-1970s. Their objective was teaching… Continue Reading  

Where Hope Becomes Desperation

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by Henry Precht Katmandu, Baltimore, the Mediterranean Sea, Yemen, Syria—it has been a grim week of news from around the globe. If we looked a bit further back for the same kind of dark headlines, we could add the migration of… Continue Reading