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How to Explain Who We Are

May 28, 2020

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Not too long ago I read two pieces that got me to thinking. The first was a piece in an online journal, The Daily Signal, titled “The Virus Before the Virus” by Armstrong Williams, and the second was “How a civilization ends,” a review of a new book, The Abandonment of the West, by Michael […]

Taking a Privilege

March 19, 2020

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I am taking a privilege today to tell you about a forthcoming visit to the University by Ambassador Lino Gutiérrez, former U. S ambassador to both Nicaragua and Argentina. He served as U. S. ambassador to Nicaragua from 1996-1999 and as ambassador to Argentina from 2003-2006. Ambassadors hold the highest foreign service assignment to the […]

How Not to Change a Latin American Government: The Bay of Pigs, Redux

May 26, 2019

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How Not to Change a Latin American Government: The Bay of Pigs, Redux We have written about Cuba and the United States a few times in the past. There are remarkable similarities between the early 1960s and Venezuela and the United States today, giving some credence to the old adage that history does occasionally repeat […]

Venezuela, Little Venice

May 25, 2019

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Little Venice That’s the origins of Venezuela’s name, “Little Venice.” And here’s your quick quiz of the week, right up front. Who is the most famous man in Venezuela or her history? A. Nicolas Maduro, B. Hugo Chávez, C. Simón Bolívar, D. Fidel Castro. Venezuela is in the news this week. Actually Venezuela has been […]

Watching the Vietnam War, Redux

November 29, 2017

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I can remember watching Walter Cronkite on the nightly CBS news reporting on the Vietnam War, probably from 1968, the summer it seems that the world was crashing around our shoulders. The Tet Offensive launched by the North Vietnamese and their allies the Vietcong in the South was underway and all South Viet Nam appeared […]

Spanish History, 101

September 14, 2017

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I first went to Spain in the late summer of 1964, sent by the USN as a newly minted Ensign to join my ship then in the Sixth Fleet. I landed in Rota, across the bay from the more famous city of Cadiz, and lingered there a few days waiting for a flight, first to […]

“Sowing the Oil” in Venezuela

September 14, 2017

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  I first went to Venezuela in about 1977. It was then politically quiet, economically well off, and possessed a working democracy. There were kinks and chinks in the armor of such a nice picture but I enjoyed my week there at a conference on the history of the Americas. The government was riding a […]

Foreign Affairs

September 14, 2017

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“Foreign affairs” smacks, in my puerile imagination, as something risqué between diplomats and sexy female spies as much as about foreign policy. But today let’s focus on foreign affairs, as in affairs between states, not diplomats and spies. I’ve written about foreign affairs occasionally. I tied in Alabama into one study of the air war […]

St. Francis and the Crusaders

September 14, 2017

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A  few semesters ago I taught a course online at UA on the first half of the history of Christianity. The students in this course sampled how Christianity came into being and evolved over the first 1500 years. One of the questions they had to address was how the Church could have produced both a […]

Backchannel Negotiations

July 13, 2017

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The most famous back-channel negotiations in modern history occurred in October 1962. They far surpassed in importance the recent hoopla on Jared Kushner and the Russians, and, furthermore, underscore the commonplace of it all. Kushner was just following some tried and true trails blazed over the centuries by others who got involved in diplomacy. To […]