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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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Everything Has Its Price

(2) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 11:52 AM

A visitor to New York City has access to a rich array of cultural resources. They come at a hefty price, though. That high cost can be intimidating for residents of the outer boroughs and for all those of limited means as well as for tourists. No -- I am...

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Obama's "Epiphany"

(75) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 8:34 PM

American politics has come to occupy a spectral plane of reality that bears little resemblance to the universe of fact and logic many of us are accustomed to. President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech on Tuesday -- and the widespread reaction to it -- is the ultimate confirmation...

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What Would Kojak Do?

(7) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 11:05 AM

The plight of the New York Police Department and the city it serves provides us with an object case of what can go wrong in an America that is subjecting itself to destructive forces of its own making. A toxic brew of paranoia originating in the trauma of 9/11 and...

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Paris and "The War on Terror"

(5) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 10:54 AM

The tragedy in Paris has triggered a strong emotional response. Events of this grisly nature usually do. The depth of feeling across a wide range of persons and cultures owes much to its being an act of terror in an age that has become largely defined as the "terrorism era."...

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'Rolling' Iran

(49) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 10:57 AM

The investigative journalist and scholar Gareth Porter has painted a troubling picture of the Obama administration's line of thinking about the suspended nuclear negotiations with Iran. As he puts it, "the evidence indicates that the administration feels that it has no incentives to reach an agreement with Iran,...

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Know When to Fold 'Em

(54) Comments | Posted January 2, 2015 | 1:16 PM

Barack Obama reportedly takes pride in his skill as a card player. Poker is the prime game of politics and politicians. The president's record suggests that he is something less than its master. The list of those who have fleeced him is a long and varied one. It includes: the...

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How Good Is the CIA?

(20) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 12:32 PM

The unstated question that runs through the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on CIA torture is: How good is the CIA at doing intelligence work? This formulation consolidates two questions: How good is it at operations? How good is it at analysis? There has been institutional tension between the agencies' two...

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The CIA's Road to Infamy

(11) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 9:36 AM

Some political events mark their importance less by their content than by their timing, circumstances and presentation. That is the case for the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on CIA torture. It contains little new to the attentive observer and none of that is of major consequence. It does, though, bear...

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Iran: Obama's Moment of Truth

(10) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 12:40 PM

The nuclear negotiations with Iran are in their eleventh hour. By Monday we'll know whether a resolution has been reached or a new crisis of the first order added to the conflagrations in the Middle East -- indeed, one that will exacerbate all the others. Even an understanding that lays...

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Treating the Terror Psychosis

(18) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 12:38 PM

America is afflicted with a debilitating ailment that has warped the collective national mind. Its symptoms are the experience of persistent delusions and a distorted sense of objective reality. The disorder impairs functioning since the subjective perception of the world does not match actual conditions. That marks the classic psychotic...

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The Democrats' Political Suicide

(260) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 12:16 PM

For six years the Democrats have been bent on committing political suicide. Or so it seems. President Barack Obama has been the point man for this bizarre self-immolation. That period represents the culmination of a long 30 year exercise in political obtuseness that has seen a steady estrangement from the...

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The New Congress and Foreign Policy

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 1:17 PM

A sea change in the composition of the Congress is always taken to have profound consequences for American foreign policy. Those expectations usually prove exaggerated. The broad consensus on the basic premises of the country's external relations is too strong to permit stark confrontations. Moreover, there currently are no earth-shaking...

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A "Laid Back" American Foreign Policy?

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 11:36 AM

There is an undercurrent of thinking in foreign policy circles that a restrained, less actively engaged approach to the country's external relations may best conform to American national interests and capabilities. It has emerged as counterpoint to the hyper activism that has characterized the United States' dealings in the world...

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Religion, guerre et barbarie

(11) Comments | Posted November 1, 2014 | 9:22 AM

Les abominations auxquelles se livre Daech en Irak et en Syrie posent encore une fois la question du lien qui existe entre la religion et la violence organisée. On peut logiquement se demander si l'Islam a une affinité particulière pour de tels actes. Étant donné que les militants de Daech...

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Sky High Robbery

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 1:26 PM

A classic strategy for keeping under control the poor souls toward the bottom of the social pyramid is to set them quarreling among themselves over the small goods that are left for them. So it is since hewers of wood were first pitted against drawers of water. That serves the...

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宗教、戦争、そして残虐行為

(7) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 5:34 AM

現在、イスラム国によってイラクやシリアで行われている残虐行為は改めて我々に宗教と組織だった暴力行為との関連性についての疑問を投げかけている。

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Religion, War and Atrocity

(69) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 12:54 PM

The grisly deeds of IS in Iraq and Syria evoke once again the question as to the connection between religion and organized violence. Its companion question asks if Islam has a special affinity to such acts. Since the militants of IS, like their al-Qaeda counterparts, proclaim themselves to be Salafists,...

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Does America Have a Foreign Policy?

(18) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 12:37 PM

Sadly, the answer is "no." We have not had one since Barack Obama entered the Oval Office six years ago. That does not mean that his actions have been worse than his Bush predecessor's or that he has made more mistakes. That depends in good part on one's preferences and...

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Who 'Lost' Iraq? The Panetta Fantasy

(4) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 11:53 AM

A growing number of high officials in American foreign policy engage in two all-consuming pastimes. One is the relentless pursuit of power, status and acclaim. The other is striving mightily, upon leaving office, to doctor the historical record so as to airbrush their misdeeds while striking a pose of statesmanlike...

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2016 Run for the Roses

(3) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 12:23 PM

As autumn leaves begin to fall, the electoral countdown begins. Not just this year's but also the presidential contest in 2016 The tempo already has quickened as the could-be candidates skittishly begin to flex and caper in preparation for the big race: the run for the White House. This is...

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