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Stephen Kinzer

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Richard Holbrooke: A Consummate Insider Who Left Us Wanting More

(5) Comments | Posted December 14, 2010 | 5:17 PM

In explaining his approach to diplomacy, Richard Holbrooke used a different analogy from the one Henry Kissinger liked.

"Henry likes to say that diplomacy is like chess," he told me once over after-dinner cognac. "I see it differently. Diplomacy is like jazz: endless variations on a theme."


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New Turkey

(177) Comments | Posted September 18, 2010 | 10:33 AM

By resoundingly voting to reform their constitution in Sunday's referendum, Turks took a giant step in their 87-year march toward full democracy. They also strengthened a government that has catapulted Turkey from a near-invisibility on the world stage to the status of a rising new power.

While European societies are...

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I Just Got Back From Iran

(430) Comments | Posted July 12, 2010 | 5:02 PM

"I just got back from Iran."

In today's America, that's a conversation-stopper. Those of us able to say it become temporary objects of fascination, like our grandparents would have been if they had visited China or the Soviet Union in the 1950s. Traveling to Iran makes one seem like a...

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BP in the Gulf -- The Persian Gulf

(117) Comments | Posted June 29, 2010 | 11:15 AM

Crossposted with

To frustrated Americans who have begun boycotting BP: Welcome to the club.  It's great not to be the only member any more!

Does boycotting BP really make sense?  Perhaps not.  After all, many BP filling stations are actually owned by local people, not the...

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