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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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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?

(334) 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

(82) 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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Saving a Cherished National Pastime -- The Global War On Terror

(15) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 11:15 AM

America's wars go on far too long. The pace is slow; the action drags. Sponsors fret that ratings are in the doldrums. Within the last year, clicks on war related stories in The Huffington Post are down 16 percent. That puts them on a par with Kim Kardashian's latest dress...

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Osama Bin Laden -- The Truth Be Told

(130) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 12:18 PM

Sy Hersh's revelations about the systematic misrepresentation by the Obama administration of how it brought Osama bin-Laden to bay are causing a stir. Justifiably so. For they puncture the carefully constructed myth of how America revenged itself and renewed itself through this act of righteous justice. Moreover, the account of...

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America's Insecurities at Home and Abroad

(12) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 11:55 AM

Americans have become an insecure people. We grow more and more anxious about who we are, what we are worth and what life will be like down the road. This is an individual and collective phenomenon. They are related insofar as much of our self-identity and self-esteem is bound up...

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The Sunday New York Times: All the News That's Fit to Please

(1) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 11:26 AM

The Sunday New York Times has long been a staple of many American households -- especially in the New York area. In the old days, of course, it was the tangible printed copy that was the centerpiece of a hallowed weekend ritual. It started with the walk around the corner...

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Yemen: Backing Saudis = Unleashing Al Qaeda

(10) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 10:30 AM

Count Metternich's alleged comment in reaction to reports of Talleyrand's death is the most quoted remark in diplomatic history: 'I wonder what his motive is?" We can share his puzzlement today as the Obama administration ricochets from one crack-up to another in the Middle East: "I wonder what their thinking...

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Reinventing the Liberal Arts

(14) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 11:39 AM

The Liberal Arts are the poor relation of the contemporary university. They are the last to be funded, the first to be cut. Faculty salaries lag other units with growing disparity. Students are voting with their feet in a mass migration to professional school programs -- Business and Law above...

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