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Foreign Policy Association

Journal Article - Foreign Policy Association

The State of the State Department and American Diplomacy

| Jan. 03, 2019

During the Trump administration, the usual ways of conducting diplomacy have been upended. Many positions in the State Department have never been filled, and meetings with foreign leaders such as Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin have been undertaken with little advance planning. What effect are these changes having now, and how will they affect ongoing relationships between the United States and its allies and adversaries?

Russian caricaturists gleefully poked fun at U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt.

Library of Congress

Journal Article - Russian History

Images of Empire: Depictions of America in Late Imperial Russian Editorial Cartoons

| 2018

Although historians have paid much attention to American perceptions of Russia, few have looked at Russian views of the United States, particularly in the imperial period. This article surveys editorial cartoons in Novoe Vremia, one of the few Russian newspapers to publish illustrations as commentary on international affairs. Novoe Vremia published cartoons depicting the United States in the years between 1898 and 1912 in the late imperial period, that is, beginning with the War of 1898 and ending with the abrogation of the U.S.-Russia commercial treaty. 

Harold Ickes Letter to Franklin D. Roosevelt, June 25, 1941. 

FDR Presidential Library and Museum

Journal Article - International Security

Archives and Inference: Documentary Evidence in Case Study Research and the Debate over U.S. Entry into World War II

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  • Christopher Darnton
| Winter 2017/18

International relations scholars increasingly rely on primary documents, including those found during archival research. How can they do so most effectively?

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Journal Article - H-Diplo

H-Diplo Roundtable XIX, 18 on America's Dream Palace: Middle East Expertise and the Rise of the National Security State

| Jan. 15, 2018

International Security Program Postdoctoral Fellow Jeffrey G. Karam reviewed America’s Dream Palace: Middle East Expertise and the Rise of the National Security State by Osamah F. Khalil.

Franklin D. Roosevelt and Henry Morgenthau Jr., February 9, 1934.

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Journal Article - International Security

Rousing a Response: When the United States Changes Policy toward Mass Killing

| Fall 2017

When do U.S. presidents strengthen the government’s response to mass killing? Three factors account for such shifts: dissent within the president’s inner circle; congressional pressure; and the threat of personal political costs for the president. The 1944 creation of the War Refugee Board, which saved 200,000 Jews during the Holocaust, is a clear example of such a policy shift.

Newspaper Article - The Boston Globe

Gorbachev: a tragic hero

| Sep. 24, 2017

In this book review, Nicholas Burns writes that “Gorbachev: His Life and Times” by William Taubman is "a fascinating, perceptive, and compelling account of the life of a brilliant, driven, but flawed leader who remains to this day, in the Amherst College professor’s eyes, a 'tragic hero.'"