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Robert Ames

The Good Spy -- A Book Review and a Commentary

Maryam Zar | Posted 09.06.2014 | Home
Maryam Zar

Kai Bird pieces together multiple accounts, recollections, diary entries, letters written home, diplomatic cables and embassy notes to compile a rivetingly detailed account of a time that is essential to world history.

Why America Needs Good Spies Like the CIA's Robert Ames

Graham E. Fuller | Posted 07.29.2014 | Home
Graham E. Fuller

Empathy for foreigners is not some warm and cuddly virtue; it lies at the heart of a realistic and granular understanding of foreign nations, peoples and what drives them. The U.S., highly nationalistic at home, is singularly disinclined to understand or care about nationalistic impulses in other countries. This may be an operational hazard of great power, the belief that it is only what we do that really matters in the end. We have helped create the conditions for our dangerous isolation; that in turn has led to wishful thinking and eventually to existence in our own American fantasyland and self-referential press about how we can control things.