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Capitol Riot Reveals to the World an America in Crisis

The violent riot on the grounds of the US Capitol that interrupted the Congress’s certification of the Electoral College results and left five people dead was perhaps the strongest sign yet of an America in domestic crisis, with significant implications for foreign policy and international relations.

“When the Biden administration takes the reins, several questions become imperative. To what extent will the US’s allies be able to trust the US to keep its word and lead on crucial issues?”

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The Pandemic’s Effect on Teachers

Elisheva (Elly) Cohen, a postdoctoral fellow and visiting lecturer in the Department of International Studies, has been studying the effect of the “dual pandemics” of Covid-19 and systemic racism on elementary school teachers since March.

“Teachers feel alone in figuring out how to navigate the myriad issues they are facing right now.”

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Ranging from Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, and Thomas Jefferson to Henry Kissinger, Ronald Reagan, and James Baker, America in the World tells the vibrant story of American diplomacy. Recounting the actors and events of US foreign policy, Zoellick identifies five traditions that have emerged from America’s encounters with the world. These traditions frame a closing review of post-Cold War presidencies, which Zoellick foresees serving as guideposts for the future.

America in the World A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy Foreign Policy

By Robert B. Zoellick

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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.

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