In Defense of the President: Barack Obama’s Impact and Legacy
Leading up to his election, President Obama campaigned on the promise of hope for a better world, one which embraced open communication, plurality, and diversity. This article examines several critical areas of his domestic and foreign policy, and explores what he was able to accomplish during his presidency, what he was not, and why.
Instability Breeds Insecurity: Gay Rights in Russia and the South Caucasus
In a multiethnic, multireligious society, such as Russia’s, homosexuality can be a divisive issue, and Russia does not want to risk another challenge to societal stability. However, by repressing gay rights, they’re creating new sources of instability and threats to security.
My reviews of the book, The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, and the film adaptation, The Monuments Men, highlight the heroic men and women who rescued European art from the Nazis, and how they have been portrayed in print and on the silver screen.
U.S. Department of State/Harry S. Truman Library & Museum
Iran and the West: Why 1953 Still Matters
The cycle of Western tension with Iran can be traced back to choices made in 1953 by the U.S. and Great Britain when they orchestrated the coup d’état against democratically elected Iranian Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh.