Star Island International Affairs Conference, Isles of Shoals, N. H., July 21 to July 28, 2018: “China as It Is: Recovering Our Sight,” presented July 24.

Star Island International Affairs Conference, Isles of Shoals, N. H., July 21 to July 28, 2018: “China as It Is: Recovering Our Sight,” presented July 24.

I was honored to be invited to speak at an annual event in a very special place. The Star Island International Affairs Conference has been convening for a century of so on one of the tiny islands known as the…

What’s going to happen when Assad wins the war in Syria?

What’s going to happen when Assad wins the war in Syria?

Given the unexpected pace of events in recent weeks, the end of Syria’s seven-year agony appears to be very near. It is now all but certain that Bashar al-Assad’s government will win its long war against Sunni jihadists and their…

Journal Entry #37

Nature boy. NORFOLK, CONN., JULY 15— For no obvious reason at all, I share a simple pleasure on a very fine Sunday afternoon. If there is a thought behind it that fits into words, it is only that we must…

If it’s hard for you to deal with Korean peace talks because of Trump, maybe get your head checked

If it’s hard for you to deal with Korean peace talks because of Trump, maybe get your head checked

The military-industrial-national-security-media complex now lines up steadfastly in defense of the wrong choice It is now more than a week since the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore, and still Americans have not come to terms with precisely what happened that fateful…

Journal Entry #36

Letters from a Reader and Friend. NORFOLK, CONN., JUNE 22—I am blessed with some loyal readers, among whom one or two or three stand out for their encouragement of the work, their support of the work, and a certain kind…

Journal Entry #35

A Second Pair of Eyes. LAKE WARAMAUG, CONN., JUNE 10—I do not know exactly when it was I realized what I had been doing all those years in Asia as a paid observer, an officially sanctioned outsider, someone who made…