Unfulfilled Expectations

As we all know there are lies, damn lies and statistics.  Nevertheless, for historians interested in public opinion, this week’s Pew Global Attitudes Survey on international views of the United States makes for interesting – if not necessarily surprising – reading. [1] On the positive side, in twelve of the twenty countries polled, a plurality […]

Why Do We Fight in Afghanistan?

More people have been asking that question lately. For years Americans have been told that despite setbacks we are making progress there. Making progress toward what, people wonder. What is the mission of the United States in Afghanistan? After more than a decade since the launch of Operation Enduring Freedom, it is worth revisiting what […]

WikiLeaks Still Rippling

‘Tis the season of the summer blockbuster and our profession’s closest approximation thereof offers something for everyone. Sex, violence, intrigue, the ubiquitous cultural icon Lady Gaga – WikiLeaks has it all. But what does it teach us as diplomatic historians? As concerned citizens? So far, WikiLeaks raises more questions than it answers. Last year, news […]