The Special Relationship

On Board Queen Mary 2 Addressing Parliament in May of 2011, President Barack Obama began with a little levity: “All relationships have their ups and downs,” he said. “Admittedly, ours got off on the wrong foot with a small scrape … Continued

Why Do They Act That Way?

Amegy Bank, Houston

I have been invited to give you today a review of the world’s trouble spots. This is what the snooty foreign-policy types like to call a tour d’horizon. Such folk always like to sprinkle in a foreign word or phrase; … Continued

International Trade

Southwest Regional Economic Forecast - Temecula, California

This forum is billed as an “economic forecast”, which implies looking ahead. But I hew to the view of the late, great Yogi Berra, who said, “It’s always hard to predict anything, especially the future.” It’s safer to talk about … Continued

A Brief History of US-Iranian Relations

Speech to a conference on Iran sponsored by the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) in Houston on 20 March 2014: On Mount Behistun in western Iran there is an inscription carved during the 5th century BC at the … Continued

The Practical Uses of History

Levinson History Lecture, St Andrew’s School – Middletown, Delaware We’ve all heard it many times – and some of you may even have said it: “I hate history! It’s so boring: All those dates, names, and battles!” I suppose it’s impossible … Continued