by Walter L. Hixson
There is still time for Trump to reverse his legacy of diplomatic ineptitude. If he fails to do so he may well go down in history as the most feckless foreign policy president in American history.
by Rafael Medoff
Seventy-seven years ago today, a telegram bearing a horrifying and unforgettable message reached America’s foremost Jewish leader. It revealed the first comprehensive details about the systematic mass murder that would come to be known as the Holocaust
50 Years ago, the KGB weaponized the fire at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque to sow discord between Israel and the United States
by Oren Nahari
This discovery comes from a document obtained by historians Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez. A rent-a-crowd protest in India was aimed to affect the Egyptian-Israeli War of Attrition.
SOURCE: NY Times
by Jonathan M. Hansen
The revolutionary leader fought for and defended the very democratic ideals his government would later suspend.
SOURCE: Politico Magazine
by Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon
We think of false information as a domestic problem. It’s much more dangerous than that.
by Wen-Qing Ngoei
Examining the origins of American hegemony in this region helps us better understand the history of the Cold War.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
by William J. Burns
An American diplomat tells the inside story of Yeltsin, Putin, and opportunities lost.
by Yoav J. Tenembaum
March 1939 was the real turning point in international relations. September 1939 was to be the climax.
SOURCE: The National Interest
by Franz-Stefan Gady
Did Metternich's love life affect his judgment at Vienna?
SOURCE: Special to HNN
What role should America play on the world stage? What has been its exact role historically? Is our current position in the world a break from tradition -- or a continuum? Is America a force for good -- or is our international involvement the source of many of the world’s problems?
SOURCE: Oxford University Press
Timothy J. Lynch is an Associate Professor, Director of the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Melbourne. He is the editor-in-chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History. View the Melbourne launch of the Encyclopedia, or attend the American Military and Diplomatic History conference at Oregon State University on 7 May 2013.
Erwin Harris left behind a respectable record of achievement as an advertising executive, an estimable collection of Chinese antiquities (his lifelong hobby), a loving family and a remarkable if little-remembered role in the tortured history of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba in the early 1960s.Mr. Harris, a Yonkers-born World War II veteran who died in Miami on March 9 at 91, probably did not tip the scales of history. But from 1960 to 1961, armed with nothing more than a court order from a Florida judge and accompanied by local sheriff’s deputies, he scoured the East Coast confiscating Cuban government property — including the state airplane Fidel Castro parked in New York while on a visit.
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