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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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Cinema Portraits

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 11:34 AM

Attempts at deciphering the public personalities who are making our world are easily frustrated. There are a lot of odd characters out there these days. Here is one suggested method to get a fix on these elusive individuals.

It associates each with a film -- whether by title, principal character,...

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"Europe" -- Gone With the Wind

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 12:51 PM

Whither is fled the visionary gleam

Where is it now -

The glory and the dream


The European Union is suffering from a malaise. A mood of disquiet pervades the continent's political elites. Its symptoms are flagging confidence and free-floating anxiety. The populace...

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NFL! NFL! NFL!

(33) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 11:03 AM

So the St. Louis Rams NFL football team (ne LA Rams, Cleveland Rams) is moving to Inglewood, California where it likely will have as a companion the San Diego Chargers (ne LA Chargers). The Oakland Raiders (ne LA Raiders) also would love to return to the Southland. Mobility is as...

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Al-Qaeda: Still Enemy No. 1?

(3) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 10:56 AM

The mystifying ways of the Obama administration's foreign policy makers are matched by the mystifying failure of the nation's political class to pay attention to how our aberrant Middle East policies have given impetus to al-Qaeda/al-Nusra and other terrorist groups. The stark reality is that American policies over the past...

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Warning Notice: Ultra-Smart Phone Users

(29) Comments | Posted December 29, 2015 | 12:59 PM

An unfortunate incident occurred here in Austin, Texas over the weekend that carries an important message for all users of ultra-smart phones and similar devices. Please read carefully this account.

On Thursday last, a local resident was flying back to town from a long trip. He recently had had his...

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Obama's America: Id, Ego and Super-Ego

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2015 | 11:08 AM

Barack Obama's conduct as President baffles us -- just as his personality eludes us. Design and purpose seem to be equally lacking even as the man exudes a strong sense of elitist superiority and his words convey high-minded aspirations. The puzzle lends itself more to psychological analysis than to political...

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Getting Real: An ISIL Strategy

(20) Comments | Posted December 14, 2015 | 12:46 PM

Any serious attempt to formulate a strategy for addressing the multifaceted crisis we confront in the Middle East should begin with acknowledging some unpleasant facts of life. The first is that neither willpower nor faith alone will alter the incontrovertible realities of this daunting situation.

Washington has been the main...

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Europe's Crisis: Refugees, Terror and Impotence

(2) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 10:15 AM

The coincidental and overlapping refugee and terrorism crises besetting Europe pose a unique challenge to the European Union. For it places exceptional stresses on two weak points in the still incomplete community. The first is the absence of legitimate and effective mechanisms for reconciling divergent national interests, and composing them...

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The "Islam = Terror" Libel

(30) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 11:19 AM

Americans are in the grip of hysteria -- once again. First was the panic provoked by the atrocity of 9/11. The symptoms of that Post-Traumatic Shock are still with us. Now comes the panic in the aftermath of the Paris events. This time, the slandering of Islam as a uniquely...

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Europe's Double Crisis: Refugee and Terror

(2) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 10:50 AM

The Paris terrorist attacks have compounded the EU's refugee crisis. They have shifted the weights of several factors in the equation. Some of the most basic do not change at all, though. Foremost in the latter category is the continued presence within the European Union of more than a million...

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Obama and Post-Constitutional America

(26) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 12:23 PM

Actions that infringe on the Constitution and compromise civil liberties are now a troubling feature of American public life. Most derive from the collective terror psychosis; others are associated with the undue influence of financial interests. The overall weakening of the country's dedication to principle and the drifting attention of...

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Lost in the Sands of Arabia

(45) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 10:54 AM

America's position in the Middle East is a shambles. That is due in part to forces and circumstances beyond its control. Mainly, though, it owes to the long series of ill-judged actions that Washington has taken at its own volition. Those date from the historic error of invading Iraq, a...

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Privatized Crime and Privatized Punishment

(4) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 9:46 AM

The American criminal justice system is beset with problems that jeopardize both our sense of fairness and the deterrent to criminal behavior. They are numerous -- and that in itself is an indictment of what has become a biased, ineffective amalgam of practices that we dare call a "system" only...

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Moscow Nights in Latakia

(1) Comments | Posted October 19, 2015 | 12:17 PM

The swift Russian intervention into Syria exacerbates every one of the contradictory elements in Washington's various, unintegrated Middle East policies. That is one reason for the unexpected moves by Putin are deeply unsettling. They not only add a major variable, but that factor also involves a self-willed player ready and...

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Kissinger Revisited

(4) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 12:18 PM

Henry Kissinger is back. Of course, he never has been out of view for very long, thanks to a steady stream of commentaries, serious publication, and unmatched access to the inner sanctums of high policy. It is the attention given the questions of the man's place in history, his philosophy...

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The IC Hits the Trail

(3) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 11:49 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?

(47) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 2:12 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 | 12:22 PM

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 | 11:34 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 | 12:43 PM

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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