Category Archives: Strategy and International Politics

H-France Forum on A Theater of Diplomacy

H-France has just published a new H-France Forum, edited by Hélène Bilis, on Ellen R. Welch’s A Theater of Diplomacy: International Relations and the Performing Arts in Early Modern France (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017). I enjoyed participating in … Continue reading

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American Responses to the Brexit Vote

In the aftermath of last week’s Brexit vote in the United Kingdom, Americans seem to have rediscovered Europe. Frantic news reports warn of dire economic consequences for American banks and investors, even as journalists attempt to explain the complexity of … Continue reading

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President Obama to Visit Hiroshima

The Washington Post reports that President Obama will visit Hiroshima, Japan. This would be a historic visit, since Obama would be the first United States President to visit Hiroshima during his administration. “President Obama will make a historic trip this … Continue reading

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French Diplomacy in a Digital Age

French diplomacy is often portrayed as formal, rigid, and arrogant. Yet, the current French ambassador to the United States, Gérard Araud, has shaken up the staid diplomatic world with his openness and his use of social media. Maureen Dowd recently … Continue reading

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Insurgencies Conference

Northwestern University is organizing a graduate conference on “Insurgencies” this spring. The conference announcement reads: “This graduate conference to be held April 10, 2015 at Northwestern University aims to broaden historical understanding of insurgency. Insurgencies challenge legitimacy from below. Theorists often understand … Continue reading

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A French September 11?

The cover of Le Monde, the leading French newspaper, displayed a photo of the spontaneous rally at the place de la République on Wednesday evening, 7 January, following the horrific attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo earlier in the … Continue reading

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Remnants of War in Iraq

In war, there are always things left behind. “When the American troops left Iraq three years ago, they left behind a fragile country that collapsed into civil war. They also left behind the detritus of soldiers’ lives that, in the … Continue reading

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