Gamma Senmin, Soga Shōhaku (1730-1783). Freer Collection, Washington.

Gamma Senmin, Soga Shōhaku (1730-1783). Freer Collection, Washington.

PATRICKLAWRENCE.US serves several purposes. As an archive of the columns, commentary, and essays, it makes this work available in one place for the first time. The site also introduces my books and provides readers or those with professional queries several ways to connect. You can help sustain the work via Patreon. This is also home to an occasional journal, Cú Chulainn.

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Recent work.

PATRICK LAWRENCE: Regrouping the Nuclear Dealmakers - June 10, 2019 - There are three good reasons for Iran to go back to the table, says Patrick Lawrence.  Does the Trump administration want to negotiate peaceably with Iran, or is it intent on bringing the Islamic Republic to its knees while setting...
PATRICK LAWRENCE: The US-China Decoupling - May 28, 2019 - The long, dense economic relationship appears to have passed its peak, writes Patrick Lawrence. President Donald Trump’s trade war with China is swiftly taking a decisive turn for the worse. Step by step, each measure prompting retaliation, a spat so...
The Empire Podcast – Ep 106 Bolton-Pompeo Axis feat Patrick Lawrence - May 16, 2019 - Guest: Patrick Lawrence. We discuss President Trump’s relationship with his chosen cabinet hawks, Mike Pompeo and John Bolton and what Lawrence sees as a foreign policy coup by the Bolton-Pompeo axis. Patrick Lawrence is a columnist and essayist who specializes...

Cú Chulainn.

        Cú Chulainn stirred,
        Stared on the horses of the sea, and heard
        The cars of battle and his own name cried;
        And fought with the invulnerable tide.
                       ——Yeats, Cú Chulainn’s Fight with the  Sea, 

Journal Entry #48 - June 6, 2019 - Memory and forgetting, power and the press. NORFOLK, CONN., JUNE 6—The New York Times carried an interesting opinion item in its Tuesday editions. This is worthy of comment all by itself, of course: Reflecting the Times’ very essential duties in...
Journal Entry #47 - May 7, 2019 - 1. Sharmine Narwani and American media. NORFOLK, CONN., MAY 7—I recently published one of my long, two-part Q&A exchanges, this one with Sharmine Narwani, a correspondent residing in Beirut and one of the very few to cover the Syrian conflict...