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I’ve been working on a post detailing the ways that the Trump Administration is destroying the State Department, but it looks like I can outsource it to this Foreign Policy article by Robbie Gramer, Dan De Luce, and Colum Lynch. A sample: More than six months into the Trump presidency, career diplomats worry that the administration’s […]
For this week’s Diplomat column I delve into (gasp!) actual political science: But what if even the leaders of states don’t know how they’ll react to certain events? A recent International Organization article by Jonathan Mercer investigated the role of emotion in decision-making. Although the theory is somewhat complicated, the argument boils down to the idea that […]


On January 4, 2013

My latest at the Diplomat talks up, well, diplomacy: A report emerged over the weekend that the United States may have inadvertently green-lit the 1982 Falklands War by sending overly positive signal

With the NBA not happening and college football over, it’s time to start talking baseball.  Let’s begin with this from Jason Brannon and Rob Neyer: Resolved: Albert Pujols is not 31 years old. It’s really a fascinating discussion, and not just for baseball fans; there’s a lot about how organizations make mistakes and deal with […]

Red Lines

On November 9, 2011

My latest column at WPR focuses on transparency and “red lines” between US and Chinese interests: There is no ready solution to this problem, because it lies at the heart of all diplomatic

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