Mark Minton Shares Experience and Insight

Last fall, the Hamilton Lugar School Living-Learning Center welcomed Mark Minton as Ambassador-in-Residence, a role that allows him to contribute his expertise and experience as a career diplomat with the residential community of globally engaged students.

“In Minton’s 30-plus years as a Foreign Service Officer, he served as Ambassador to Mongolia (2006–2009), Pearson Fellow with the US Senate, and Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Seoul, before retiring to become President of the Korea Society.”

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Our top 6 foreign policy satires

  • The Great Dictator (1940) Starring Charlie Chaplin, The Great Dictator lampoons Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, and fascism more generally.
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) Based on Peter George’s 1958 novel Red Alert, this classic directed by Stanley Kubrick mocks the logic of nuclear strategy and the officials behind it.
  • M*A*S*H (1970) Before they became household names in the hit TV series, the irreverent characters staffing a medical unit in the Korean War were first introduced in M*A*S*H the movie, directed by Robert Altman.
  • Catch-22 (1970) An airman would have to be insane to fly more combat missions, and if he is insane, he would be unfit to fly. However, if an airman recognizes the danger of continuing to fly, he must be sane and so is fit to fly. This is the catch-22 of Mike Nichols’s 1970 anti-war film, based on Joseph Heller’s novel of the same name.
  • Wag the Dog (1997) Directed by Barry Levinson, this is the story of a spin doctor and a Hollywood producer who fake a war to cover up a presidential sex scandal. The Bill Clinton sex scandal broke just one month after the movie hit theaters.
  • In the Loop (2009) When a mid-level British minister accidentally remarks that a Middle East war is “unforeseeable,” he becomes a bumbling pawn for both doves and hawks of the British and US governments.