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Michael Brenner
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Senior Fellow the Center for Transatlantic Relations, SAIS-Johns Hopkins (Washington, D.C.) Author of numerous books, and over 60 articles and published papers. Recent works on American foreign policy and the Middle East are "Fear & Dread In The Middle East", and "Democracy Promotion & Islam". He also has written "Nuclear Power and Non-Proliferation" (Cambridge University Press) and "The Politics of International Monetary Reform" for the Center For International Affairs at Harvard. His work has appeared in major journals in the United States and Europe, such as Europe’s World, European Affairs, World Politics, Comparative Politics, Foreign Policy, International Studies Quarterly, International Affairs, Survival, Politique Etrangere, and Internationale Politik. Directed funded research projects with colleagues at leading universities and institutes in Britain, France, Germany and Italy, including the Sorbonne, Bonn University, King’s College – London, and Universita di Firenze. Invited lecturer at major universities and institute in the United States and abroad, including Georgetown University, UCLA, the National Defense University, the State Department, Sorbonne, Ecole des Sciences Politiques, Royal Institute of International Affairs, International Institute of Strategic Studies, University of London, German Council on Foreign Relations, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, and Italian Institute of International Affairs. Previous teaching and research appointments at Cornell, Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Brookings Institution, University of California – San Diego, and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the National Defense University.

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The IC Hits the Trail

(3) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 10:49 AM

A bevy of the Intelligence Community's heavies showed up in Texas last month. This was the third such high-powered visit within the past year. Nobody quite knows why the Alamo state was so honored. There are a few speculations flitting around the Chisholm Trail camp fires. One is that John...

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Who Deserves the Nobel Peace Prize?

(49) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 1:12 PM

Talk is rife about bestowing the Nobel Peace Prize on those who concluded the Iran nuclear deal. Barack Obama's name heads the list although he probably is disqualified by the Committee's premature, unjustified award back in 2009. Attention, therefore, is focused on Secretary Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad...

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Myths of Presidential Electioneering

(32) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 11:22 AM

Bernie Sanders is giving the Democratic establishment heartburn. He's a menace to the cozy arrangement whereby the party's movers and shakers gain an occasional shot at the White House, along with its patronage, in exchange for ignoring their traditional constituencies and thereby relegating themselves to permanent second-class status in America's...

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Walk-Up Music

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2015 | 10:34 AM

Baseball has made a notable cultural adjustment in recent years. Players now have individual songs which are played as they enter the batter's box or pitching mound. The popularity of this "walk-up" music has led to its being emulated by public officials and politicians. Indeed, as of October 1 it...

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The Fourth Estate 'Takes the Fifth'

(22) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 11:43 AM

An informed public is the bedrock of American democracy. That belief has been a central pillar in the national creed since it was eloquently stated by Thomas Jefferson. A free press is the prime and prized instrument for ensuring it.

Today, at the height of the communications revolution, keeping...

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Vaudeville or Tragedy

(7) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 12:26 PM

Vaudeville and tragedy -- the two ways of experiencing American presidential elections. Entertainment for sure. The slapstick of Donald Trump, the antic comedy of the 17, the pratfalls of Jeb!, Hillary's self-caricatures. Tragedy in that the MSM, the pundits, the political "pros" and the solid citizenry talk earnestly of strategy,...

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California Dreaming, Still

(30) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 10:34 AM

Since the Gold Rush days California has tantalized Americans as that El Dorado on the horizon. Millions went to look for themselves. Tens of millions more have fashioned their dreams of its gossamer and tinsel. In more tangible ways, the Golden State has been a trend setter and pioneer. Hollywood...

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Nuclear Strategy and New Nuclear Powers

(6) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 11:42 AM

An oddity of our times is the cavalier manner by which analysts of public issues ignore acquired understanding and history. Their motto seems to be: the world begins anew when I first take note of it. We have seen this phenomenon in the rolling discussion of responses to the Great...

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Bernie Sanders -- Halfway There?

(331) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 10:09 AM

No, not to the nomination, much less the White House. What Sanders has done is to establish himself as a force in the Democratic Party's selection process. He has done so by demonstrating two qualities that have largely disappeared from America's political life over the past few decades. One is...

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7 Middle East Contradictions in Search of a Strategy

(27) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 8:43 AM

The first test of a foreign policy's coherence is whether its actions and declarations meet the standard of elementary logic. There is abundant evidence that American policies in the Middle East fail that test. Let us look at several examples of manifest contradiction that will provide the basis for specifying...

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A Death in Brussels

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 1:24 PM

Let's tell it straight: "Europe" committed suicide last weekend in Brussels. It was an assisted suicide. The IMF wrote the original story line and set the scene; the European Central Bank provided the revolver and ammunition; while Germany unrelentingly urged that the suicide was a necessary act of moral redemption...

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The Iran Big Deal

(18) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 7:01 PM

For more than a decade, Iran's nuclear program has been near the top of the United States' Middle East agenda. To be more accurate, Iran has been near the top of the United States' Middle East agenda. That is to say, the nuclear issue has been vastly inflated -- in...

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Our Greek Tragedy

(84) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 9:18 AM

The news from Athens and Brussels is dispiriting. Prime Minister Tsipras is surrendering before the latest ultimatum from the Troika. He is doing so in the teeth of last Sunday's ultimatum in which more than 60 percent of Greek voters gave a resounding "No" to the demands for a new...

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America's Political Class Embraces Kali

(8) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 11:42 AM

The "greatest generation" -- in its post-war incarnation -- left its mark on the world through acts of creation and building. The present era will be remembered for its acts of destruction. Much of what is being cast away was constructed or strengthened by its predecessors over decades.

Generations are...

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The Insecure American Male, and College Rape

(18) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 12:19 PM

There is a strain of American male whose life is shaped by chronic insecurity. This strain's considerable numbers and pronounced behavior patterns make the phenomenon obvious -- yet largely invisible.

This male's symptomatic behavior is now so common, giving the impression of being the norm, that he is largely invisible,...

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A Terrorist by Any Other Name

(20) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 11:30 AM

Most Americans think they know what "terrorism" is: what happened on 9/11. Islamic militants murdering innocent civilians out of hate and in the cause of jihad. Experience shapes how we understand the world. The Global War On Terror has been oriented accordingly.

More formal definitions of "terrorism" try to extend...

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Obama Rolls the Dice in Iraq -- Sort of

(19) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 1:11 PM

Obama's decision to launch a major new training cum advising project in Iraq to be augmented by up to 1,000 more American troops is revealing of how his administration's thinking about Iraq/ISIL/Syria is oriented. Clearly, there remains no coherent strategy; clearly, the incongruities and contradictions among of the various bits...

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A segunda vida da NSA

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 5:05 PM

Os americanos passaram a apreciar os mundos de faz-de-conta. A tortura foi culpa de alguns "maus elementos". Ou: temos de esperar o "veredicto da história" para avaliar a invasão do Iraque. Ou: os Estados Unidos estão sitiados por hordas de terroristas islâmicos malucos escalando os muros e decididos a superar...

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The NSA's Second Coming

(27) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 10:33 AM

Americans have acquired a fondness for worlds of make-believe. Torture was done by "a few bad apples." Or, we must await the "verdict of history" to judge how our invasion of Iraq turned out. Or, America is besieged by hordes of crazed Islamist terrorists scaling the walls and dedicated to...

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ISIL: What -- if Anything -- Is to Be Done?

(110) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 11:21 AM

ISIL poses an unprecedented danger to Middle East political stability, existing regimes, the population of all confessions and various American security interests as presently defined. It may eventually threaten acts of terrorism in the United States, although it does not as of now. The scope and magnitude of its disruptive...

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