Tag Archives: diplomacy

The Macron/Trump Bromance

Alan Zendell, April 25, 2018 I don’t know where French President Emmanuel Macron stays when he’s in Washington but I imagine he wishes his suite included a soundproofed room. It’s easy to picture him returning from his day with President … Continue reading

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Wishes for 2018

Alan Zendell, December 30, 2017 Civility – That’s the motto of the county I live in. You see it everywhere, on bumper stickers, lawn signs, government letterheads: “CHOOSE CIVILITY.” It sounds corny, almost naïve, but it works. While my state … Continue reading

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The Only One Who Matters

Alan Zendell, November 6, 2017 The United States State Department has more than 30,000 employees. Most of them are dedicated professionals with no political affiliation. Many have narrow specialties which they’ve been honing for twenty years or more. Many speak … Continue reading

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The Beginning of the End?

Alan Zendell, November 2, 2017 Immediately after Robert Mueller announced the guilty plea of George Papadopoulos and the indictments of Paul Manafort and Richard Gates, I received an email asking (rhetorically) if this was the beginning of the end. The … Continue reading

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Raqqa

Alan Zendell, October 17, 2017 Where, a mere five years ago, a thriving city of a quarter million (and more including its environs) stood on the Euphrates River in northeastern Syria, this is what’s there now. . Somehow, the world … Continue reading

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War Drums

Alan Zendell, October 8, 2017 Back in the 1960s, Donald Trump and I were among millions of young American men who did everything possible to avoid being drafted and sent to Vietnam. At least according to interviews published decades later, … Continue reading

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Korea

Alan Zendell, July 7, 2017 Given the history of Korea since World War II, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that it’s the mess it is today. We like to think of the Korea problem as an example of the Good Guys … Continue reading

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