Friday, March 04, 2011


Has "stability" vs. "democracy" ever been a good foreign policy or national paradigm to employ? Read more on different topics of WAR & PEACE here.


Once again, HAW (Historians Against War) are putting out a good list of readings [BELOW] on a variety of current topics that all Peace-loving Americans need to ask their government and friends to help deal with. For example, in terms of USA foreign policy and wasted trillions of warchest dollars, the OP-ED below by Andrew Bacevich hits the mark. Moreover, a more academic look at the false paradigm or false choice of "stability vs. democracy" is covered well by Ira Chernus. Read and Pass on the material, please. -- KAS

"What Governor Walker Won't Tell You"

By Stanley Kutler,, posted February 21

The author is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Wisconsin

"They're Doing It Without Us",0,1400493.story

By Andrew Bacevich, Los Angeles Times, posted February 20

The author teaches history and international relations at Boston University

"Lessons for Wisconsin from the Flint Sit-Down Strikes of 1936-37"
By Mark Naison, History News Network, posted February 21
The author teaches history at Fordham University "The Great Arab Revolt"
By Juan Cole, The Nation, posted February 17
The author teaches Middle East and South Asian history at the University of Michigan
"Twenty-Eight Hours in Tahrir"
By Mark LeVine,, posted February 11
The author teaches history at UC Irvine

"Pox Americana: Driving Through the Gates of Hell and Other American Pastimes in the Greater Middle East"

By Tom Engelhardt,, posted February 7

"The Myth of Stability vs. Democracy in U.S. Foreign Policy"

By Ira Chernus, History News Network, posted February 7

"Arab Dictatorships under Fire in the New Information Age"

By Stuart Schaar, Economic and Political Weekly, posted February 5

The author is a professor emeritus of Middle East and North African history at Brooklyn College

"Why Egypt 2011 Is Not Iran 1979"

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted February 2

"Popular Uprisings in Egypt's Recent History"

By Robert Tignor," History News Network, posted January 31

The author is a professor emeritus of history at Princeton University

This list is sent with an apology: as will be clear from the date of the most recent article, the list should have gone out a week ago, but for various reasons it didn't. These still seem like good articles, so I'm sending the list now. Thanks to Rusti Eisenberg and Miriam Jackson for making suggestions of articles to include. Jim O'Brien


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