Passport: The SHAFR Review


Thanks to a partnership between SHAFR and Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), all back issues of Passport (formerly known as the SHAFR Newsletter) are now available electronically.  Issues published since April 2009 are available on this page, while older issues are available through the MTSU Institutional Repository:  This initiative both preserves the history of our organization and field and makes it more widely available. 

Many thanks to those who helped make this possible, especially the staff at the MTSU Walker Library;  David Anderson provided issues that were missing from the SHAFR archive; and Drs. Hasan Karayam and Marquita Reed did all of the scanning while they were graduate students at MTSU. 

Passport: The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Review is edited by Andrew L. Johns of Brigham Young University and the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies.  Passport publishes reviews, historiographical essays, articles on pedagogical issues relating to the teaching of U.S. foreign relations, and research notes, and explores other issues of interest to SHAFR members.  Passport is published by Oxford University Press on behalf of SHAFR in January, April, and September

Unsolicited submissions to Passport are welcome.  All submissions should be sent to the editor via e-mail in either Word or WordPerfect format.  The deadlines for time-sensitive material (e.g. advertisements, announcements) are:  April issue, January 15; September issue, June 1; January issue, October 1.

Please direct inquiries or submissions to:
Andrew Johns, Editor
c/o Andrew Johns
Department of History
Brigham Young University
2161 JFSB
Provo, UT 84602
E-mail [email protected] or [email protected]

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In This Issue:

4   Contributors

7    SHAFR Election Information

12   Thoughts from SHAFR President

Mary Ann Heiss

13    Response to A Roundtable on Jayita Sarkar, Ploughshares and Swords

Jayita Sarkar

15    A Roundtable on Marc Selverstone, The Kennedy Withdrawal: Camelot and the American Commitment in Vietnam

Chester Pach, Jessica M. Chapman, Tizoc Chavez, Jessica Elkind, Philip E. Catton, and Marc Selverstone

26    Requiem for a Field: The Strange Journey of U.S. Diplomatic History
Ryan M. Irwin

40    A Roundtable on Susan Colbourn, Euromissiles: The Nuclear Weapons that Nearly Destroyed NATO

Jayita Sarkar, Heather Marie Stur, Elizabeth C. Charles, William Hitchcock, Aaron Bateman, Susan Colbourn

52    Seven Questions on...the Nexus of Foreign Policy and Domestic Politics

Daniel Bessner, Michael Brenes, Amanda C. Demmer, Aaron Donaghy, and Andrew Johnstone

59    A Roundtable on William Inboden, The Peacemaker: Ronald Reagan in the White House and the World

Evan D. McCormick, Aaron Donaghy, Andrew Hunt, Gail E. S. Yoshitani, John Sbardellati, and William Inboden

72   Update on Records Access Issues

Mary Ann Heiss

74    Shock and Awe Revisited: Legacies of the Iraq War 20 Years Later

Zaynab Quadri, Zainab Saleh, Catherine Lutz, Osamah Khalil, Carly A. Krakow, and Moustafa Bayoumi

86   SHAFR Spotlights

91   SHAFR Awards

96   Minutes of June 2023 Council Meeting

100  Diplomatic Pouch

103  In Memoriam: Gaddis Smith

106   The Last Word: Speaking with our Sources—The Possibilities and Pitfalls of AI Language Models in Historical Research

Jacob Forward and Xiaochen Zhu


In This Issue:

4   Contributors

6     A Roundtable on Michael Franczak, Global Inequality and American Foreign Policy in the 1970s

Jason Colby, Dustin Walcher, Vanessa Walker, David Farber, Steven J.B. Jensen, and Michael Franczak

18    A Roundtable on Jayita Sarkar, Ploughshares and Swords: India’s Nuclear Program in the Global Cold War

Andrew J. Rotter, William Thomas Allison, Nicholas Evan Sarantakes, Tanvi Madan, and Jeffrey Crean

27   Seven Questions on...Environmental Diplomacy

Kurk Dorsey, Gretchen Heefner, Toshihiro Higuchi, and Stephen Macekura

35   SHAFR Spotlights

40    SHAFR Awards from the AHA

44   Minutes of January 2023 Council Meeting

47   Diplomatic Pouch

51   Dispatches

53   In Memoriam: George Herring

57   In Memoriam: John Prados

60   In Memoriam: Robert Schulzinger

63    The Last Word: It’s Been Twenty Years—Time for Historians to Turn to Iraq
Majorie Galelli


In This Issue:

4   Contributors

5    Thoughts from the SHAFR President Mary Ann Heiss

6     A Roundtable on Steven Brady, Chained to History: Slavery and U.S. Foreign Relations to 1865

Matthew Mason, Brian Rouleau, Joseph A. Fry, Michael E. Woods, Stacey Smith, and Steven Brady

7     A Roundtable on Maria Quintana, Contracting Freedom: Race, Empire, and U.S. Guestworkers Programs

Deborah Cohen, Evan Ward, Aileen Teague, Jessica Kim, and Maria L. Quintana

26   Seven Questions on...NATO History

Susan Colbourn, Jeffrey H. Michaels, Timothy Andrews Sayle, and Joshua R. Shifrinson

34    Review of Roger Peace and Jeremy Kuzmarov, Afghanistan, Iraq, and the War on Terror

Joseph Stieb

38    Reflections on the SHAFR Committee on Women Second Book Workshop Nicole Anslover

40   SHAFR Spotlights

46   Minutes of September 2022 Council Meeting

48   Diplomatic Pouch

51   Dispatches

53    The Last Word: COVID and Diplomatic History—Taking a Long(er) View

                                 Anne L. Foster, Petra Goedde, Brian McNamara, Graydon Dennison, and Haley Williams

In This Issue:

4   Contributors
6    2022 SHAFR Election Information

11    A Roundtable on Tizoc Chavez, The Diplomatic Presidency: American Foreign Relations from FDR to George H.W. Bush
     Kelly M. McFarland, Jeffrey A. Engel, Silke Zoller, Seth Offenbach, M. Elizabeth Sanders, and Tizoc Chavez

21    A Roundtable on Heather Dichter, Bidding for the 1968 Olympic Games: International Sport’s Cold War Battle with NATO
     Jenifer Parks, Anne M. Blaschke, Kevin B. Witherspoon, John Soares, Richard Kimball, and Heather L. Dichter

32    A Roundtable on Mark Lawrence, The End of Ambition: The United States and the Third World in the Vietnam Era
     Jason Parker, Gregg A. Brezinsky, Matthew F. Jacobs, Meredith Oyen, and Mark Atwood Lawrence

40   Seven Questions on...the Vietnam War
     Gregory A. Daddis, Pierre Asselin, Kathryn Statler, Addison Jensen, and David Prentice

48    Review of Walter Hixson, Architects of Repression: How Israel and Its Lobby Put Racism, Violence, and Injustice at the Center of U.S. Middle East Policy
     KC Johnson

50   2022 SHAFR Summer Institute Report

53    A Call to Action: How SHAFR Can Help History Ph.D.s Find Jobs
     Michael H. Cresswell and Nicholas Evan Sarantakes

58   2022 SHAFR Awards

63   SHAFR Spotlights

68   Minutes of March 2022 Council Meeting

70   Minutes of June 2022 Council Meeting

73   Diplomatic Pouch

77   The Last Word: Zelensky Wags the Dog, But Softly
     Zachary Jonathan Jacobson

In This Issue:

3   Contributors

6    From the Chancery: Still Thinking

Andrew L. Johns

9     A Roundtable on Paul Hirsch, Pulp Empire: The Secret History of Comic Book Imperialism
Justin Hart, Matt Loayza, Caryn E. Neumann, Cameron D. McCoy, Lori Clune, and Paul S. Hirsch

21    A Roundtable on Andrew Priest, Designs on Empire: America’s Rise to Power

Paul Kramer, Richard S. Fogarty, Andrew M. Johnston, Michael E. Donoghue, Jeannette Eileen Jones, and Andrew Priest

38   SHAFR Code of Conduct

40    A View from Overseas: The Wild West of Scotland
Oli Charbonneau

43   Seven Questions on...Human Rights

Carl J. Bon Tempo, Theresa Keeley, Michael Cotey Morgan, and Rasmus S. Søndergaard

49   SHAFR Spotlights

54   2022 SHAFR Awards

57   Minutes of January 2022 Council Meeting

61   Diplomatic Pouch

65    The Last Word: Beyond the War on Drugs
Anne L. Foster


In This Issue:

3          Contributors

6       Presidential Message

Laura Belmonte

7          A Roundtable on Amanda Demmer, After Saigon’s Fall: Refugees and U.S.-Vietnamese Relations, 1975-2000

Sandra Scanlon, Gregory A. Daddis, Pierre Asselin, Kathryn C. Statler, David Anderson, and Amanda C. Demmer

18        A Roundtable on Brandon Wolfe-Hunnicutt, The Paranoid Style in American Diplomacy: Oil and Arab Nationalism in Iraq

Nathan J. Citino, Gregory Brew, Mary Ann Heiss, W. Taylor Fain, Salim Yaqub, and Brandon Wolfe-Hunnicutt

30        Seven Questions on...Intelligence History

Richard Immerman, Sarah-Jane Corke, Kathyrn Olmsted, Hugh Wilford, and Peter Roady

37        A Roundtable on Thomas Schwartz, Henry Kissinger and American Power: A Political Biography

Andrew J. Kirkendall, Daniel J. Sargent, Jeremi Suri, Chester Pach, and Thomas A. Schwartz

46        The Pinckney Papers

Constance Schultz

48        The United States Did Not Go to War in Afghanistan David L. Evans

52        Writing About Reagan: Archival Sources and An Elusive President

Evan D. McCormick, Susan Colburn, Augusta Dell’Omo, and Michael De Groot

60        SHAFR Spotlights

66        Diplomatic Pouch

69        In Memoriam: Robert Divine

John Lewis Gaddis

71        In Memoriam: Martin Sherwin

James G. Hershberg

74        The Last Word: Thinking About the “Cost” of War

                                 Kara Dixon Vuic

In This Issue:

4           Contributors

10           A Roundtable on David F. Schmitz, The Sailor: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Transformation of American Foreign Policy

Andrew Johnstone, Benjamin Coates, Autumn Lass, and David F. Schmitz

17           A Roundtable on Vanessa Walker, Principles in Power: Latin America and the Politics of U.S. Human Rights

Kyle Longley, Jeffrey F. Taffet, Evan R. Ward, Mateo Jarquin, Thomas C. Field, Jr., and Vanessa Walker

30         A Conversation with David Langbart

David Langbart and Richard Immerman

33        Research Note: Hoping for the Best, Preparing for the Worst James Goode

34           SHAFR Spotlights

40         2021 SHAFR Award Winners

45         Minutes of the April 2021 and June 2021 Council Meetings

50         Diplomatic Pouch

56         Dispatches

58         In Memoriam: Walter LaFeber

Fredrik Logevall

59         In Memoriam: Geoffrey Smith

Katherine A.S. Sibley

61         In Memoriam: Curt Cardwell

Robert Buzzanco

63         In Memoriam: William Brinker

Jeffrey Roberts


In This Issue:

4              Contributors

6          Presidential Message

Andrew Preston

7              A Roundtable on Christopher Dietrich, A Companion to U.S. Foreign Policy

Thomas W. Zeiler, Grant Madsen, Lauren Turek, and Christopher Dietrich

16           A Roundtable on Michael Kimmage, The Abandonment of the West

Christopher McKnight Nichols, Heather Marie Stur, Brad Simpson, Andrew Rotter, and Michael Kimmage

30           The Academic Jobs Crisis: A Forum

Daniel Bessner, Michael Brenes, Susan Colbourn, Emily Whalen, Michael Franczak, Henry D. Fetter, Chris Foss, Zeb Larson, Ryan  Irwin, Julia Irwin, Stuart Schrader, Judy Wu, Michelle Paranzino, Marc Reyes, Michael Koncewicz, Kurt Güner, and Carl Watts

54        Research Note: Hoping for the Best, Preparing for the Worst
James Goode

55           SHAFR Spotlights

60           Minutes of the January 2021 Council Meeting

63           Diplomatic Pouch

65           In Memoriam: Marvin Zahniser

                          Melvyn Leffler

In This Issue:

4 Contributors

6 Presidential Message

Andrew Preston

7 A Roundtable on Seth Jacobs, Rogue Diplomats: The Proud Tradition of Disobedience in American Foreign Policy

Dustin Walcher, Lindsay M. Chervinsky, James F. Siekmeier, Kathryn C. Statler, Brian Etheridge, and Seth Jacobs

22 A Roundtable on Lauren Turek, To Bring the Good News to All Nations: Evangelical Influence on Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Relations

Andrew Preston, Darren Dochuck, Christopher Cannon Jones, Kelly J. Shannon, Vanessa Walker, and Lauren F. Turek

37 Woodrow Wilson and Wilsonianism a Century Later

Lloyd E. Ambrosius

43 The Tonous and Warda Johns Family Book Award

44 A Review of Robert Zoellick, America in the World: A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

George Herring

47 A View from Overseas: The Pacific Northwest—The Birthplace of Bor der Official Aggression

Hidetaka Hirota

50 SHAFR Spotlights

58 SHAFR Awards

60 Diplomatic Pouch

63 In Memoriam: Thomas J. McCormick

Lloyd Gardner and Walter LaFeber

65 In Memoriam: Amy Kaplan

Melani McAlister

In This Issue:

4 Contributors

6 Presidential Message

Kristin Hoganson

13 A Roundtable on Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Do Morals Matter?: Presidents and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump

Kelly M. McFarland, Lori Clune & Danielle Richman, Wilson D. (Bill) Miscamble, C.S.C., Seth Jacobs, Vanessa Walker, and Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

25 A Roundtable on Monica Kim, The Interrogation Rooms of the Korean War: The Untold History

Mitchell Lerner, Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, Arissa H. Oh, Zachary M. Matusheski, Peter Banseok Kwon, and Monica Kim

33 The United States and the World Health Organization
Theodore M. Brown

39 A Roundtable on Daniel Bessner and Fredrik Logevall, “Recentering the United States in the Historiography of American Foreign Relations”

Chester Pach, Cindy Ewing, Kevin Y. Kim, and Daniel Bessner & Fredrik Logevall

45 A Forgotten Scandal: How the Nazi Spy Case of 1938 Affected American Neutrality and German Diplomatic Opinion

Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones

49 A Roundtable on Timothy J. Lynch, In the Shadow of the Cold War: American Foreign Policy from George Bush Sr. to Donald Trump

Jeffrey A. Engel, R. Joseph Parrott, Heather Marie Stur, Steven J. Brady, and Timothy J. Lynch

58 Searching for Bob McNamara

Aurélie Basha i Novosejt

60 Immaculate Deception

Roger Peace

63 SHAFR Awards

68 SHAFR Spotlights

73 Minutes of the June 2020 SHAFR Council Meeting

77 Diplomatic Pouch

83 In Memoriam: Lawrence S. Kaplan
Mary Ann Heiss