This is a list of my publicly available publications. None of them, except those specifically commissioned, express anything other than my personal opinion and do not represent the position or policy of any employer, past or present.
My book on public diplomacy, The United States and the Challenge of Public Diplomacy, is available from Palgrave Macmillan, Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. The book is available in Nook electronic book format.
My book on political theory, American Republic, was published in July 2013 by Samizdat House and is available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle.
In March 2014, The Foreign Service Journal published a cover feature essay, “Some Dreamers of the Impossible Dream,” about the personal politics of the Balkans.
In February 2014, The Los Angeles Review of Books published my review essay of Masha Gessen’s Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot.
In August 2013, I wrote an article on public diplomacy for Small Wars Journal.
In October 2012 I wrote an article for Small Wars Journal challenging the conventional wisdom about Muslim public opinion and the recent anti-Islamic video that led to protests linked to the death of four American diplomats in Benghazi, Libya.
Also in 2012 I published a critical photo essay in Foreign Policy about the use of the images of children from conflict zones in political communications. I argued that we need a code of conduct to avoid exploiting children for political purposes and in the absence of one I propose a series of recommendations to avoid propagandizing children.
Following the NATO Summit in Chicago in May 2012 wrote about the political aspect of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization with Brett Swaney. You can read our op-ed on the Institute for National Security Studies blog at the National Defense University or here.
In March 2012 I published a critical essay of Michael Lewis’ Boomerang, a collection of his reportage about the impact of the financial crisis on Iceland, Ireland, Germany, Portugal, and California. My hometown of Vallejo, California, bookends Boomerang like an epitaph from a latter-day Pompeii. The article appeared in the online edition of Dissent where it was the lead feature. It was also featured in letsgetcritical.org (now sadly defunct).
This isn’t my first article in Dissent. I wrote about the small Sarajevo publishing house Connectum in 2010 after visiting Bosnia-Herzegovina (“Men of War,” Dec. 20).
You can read my article about rhetoric and counterinsurgency in the U.S. Army’s Military Review (“Counterinsurgency and Strategic Success,” Nov.-Dec. 2011).
I’ve written several book reviews for the U.S. National Defense University’s Joint Force Quarterly. I reviewed several books about Afghanistan, including two contemporary histories of the war in Afghanistan by Canadian academic Sean Maloney Enduring the Freedom and Confronting the Chaos, and Gregory Feifer’s The Great Gamble about the Soviet war in Afghanistan. I also wrote about the late Ron Asmus’ account of the 2008 Russo-Georgian war, A Little War that Shook the World.
I wrote about a trip to Afghanistan in 2006 for NATO Review. Additionally I reviewed three books about the initial invasion of Iraq — Michael Gordon’s and Gen. Bernard Tainor’s Cobra II, The Iraqi Perspective Project, and George Packer’s The Assassins’ Gate also for NATO Review. Both of these articles are available in several language translations.
In June 2008 I wrote an essay for the International Herald Tribune arguing for a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for major literary translations.