The Cold War’s Lessons for U.S.-China Diplomacy

Diplomacy, Policies

The Cold War’s Lessons for U.S.-China Diplomacy

In 1948, President Harry Truman’s diplomats approached representatives of Joseph Stalin with an offer to discuss the many issues dividing the U.S. and the Soviet Union. The Soviet dictator responded with a simple “ha ha,” and 40 years of Cold War ensued.

That episode seemed newly resonant earlier this month, when a meeting between American and Chinese officials in Alaska turned into a televised airing of grievances. This tussle in the tundra signaled that there will be no “reset” between Washington and Beijing; a period of high-tempo competition is upon us. But Cold War history shows that diplomacy can still play a critical role, if U.S. officials view negotiation as a tool of competition rather than a replacement for it.

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There is a migrant crisis, but where and why?

Threats, Transnational Crime

There is a migrant crisis, but where and why?

Much ink and hot air has been expended over the past several weeks about whether or not there is a “crisis” on the U.S.-Mexico border, caused by a big spike in the number of migrants and asylum-seekers arriving there since the change in U.S. administrations.

The tone of the Republican versus Democrat argument often takes on a semantic character.  In the opinion of this writer, there is indeed a major crisis, but it is not new; rather it is rooted in the way U.S. imperialism has interacted with the nations and peoples of Central America and the Caribbean for well over a century.

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Cuba and Venezuela: An insight into two revolutions

Demographic, Venezuela

Cuba and Venezuela: An insight into two revolutions

“Venezuela now presents a similar problem as Cuba for US interests in the hemisphere.”—Noam Chomsky

With Latin America becoming more volatile than it has been for decades, this book addresses the question everyone (friend and foe of President Chávez) is asking: Is Venezuela taking the Cuban road?

In the face of Chávez’s outspoken resistance to the neoliberal project in Latin America, accelerating social reforms in Venezuela, and rising hysteria in Washington about the relationship between Chávez and Fidel Castro, this is a uniquely objective and authoritative analysis by Cuba’s ambassador to Venezuela.

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The African Dream: The Diaries of the Revolutionary War in the Congo

Civil War, Threats

The African Dream: The Diaries of the Revolutionary War in the Congo

Ernesto “Che” Guevara was one of the greatest exemplars of the revolutionary 1960s, a man whose heroic adventures were essential to the success of the Cuban Revolution and whose legend fired the imaginations of a whole generation. In 1965, amid worldwide conjecture, Guevara left Cuba, where he was a minister in Fidel Castro’s postrevolutionary government, and traveled incognito to the heart of Africa.

People’s hero Patrice Lumumba had recently been assassinated, and Guevara was to put his theories of guerrilla warfare to use helping the oppressed people of the Congo throw off the yoke of colonial imperialism.

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The Civil War in Nicaragua: Inside the Sandinistas

Civil War, Threats

The Civil War in Nicaragua: Inside the Sandinistas

During the 1980s, Americans ranging from Congressmen to political pilgrims tended to view and deal with Nicaragua’s Sandinistas and the Contra War according to their own personal and political agendas. The Civil War in Nicaragua Is unique among the dozens of books on these events, because it gives an inside view of what was going on, how and why policies were made by Nicaragua’s new clique of nine, and what Impact those policies had on Nicaragua, the United States, and beyond

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