A collection of 10 posts
Israel and The United States: Past, Present, and Future with Alon Pinkas
Alon joins Covert Contact to look at the state of the relationship, look at where it could (and should) evolve, and to dive into some of the socio-political dynamics that shape the relationship and how it is viewed from both sides.
Ambassador Lukman Faily on Iraq's Future, the Travel Ban, and ISIS
Lukman Faily served as Iraq’s ambassador to the United States for three years. He left that post, and the Iraqi Foreign Service, in 2016. A lot has transpired since our last chat and we plan to follow this short exchange with a more in depth discussion on Covert Contact soon.
Book Excerpt: The Embassy: A Story of War and Diplomacy
The Embassy [https://www.amazon.com/Embassy-Story-War-Diplomacy/dp/0825308259%3FSubscriptionId%3DAKIAILSHYYTFIVPWUY6Q%26tag%3Dduckduckgo-d-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3D0825308259] is a graphic, cinematic retelling of the harrowing climax of the Liberian civil war and the U.S. and West African role in ending it. Through interviews with the
Art in Diplomacy and Conflict
Dr. Julia Tatiana Bailey is an art historian specializing in visual politics in the Cold War and art as propaganda, diplomacy and resistance. She recently completed a PhD focusing on official and unofficial Soviet-American cultural exchange and works as Assistant Curator of International Art at Tate Modern in London. Julia
Intelligence Failures, eDiplomacy, and Agent Storm
In episode one of the Covert Contact podcast [https://blogsofwar.com/tag/podcast/] I am looking at the notion of intelligence failures and why they’re often more complicated than they seem – or not failures at all. I’m also taking a look at the new biography of Murad Storm,
Anthony Bourdain Talks Travel, Food, and War
I’ve never met anyone interested in the world around them who isn’t terribly envious of Anthony Bourdain. Fans of his books [http://www.amazon.com/Anthony-Bourdain/e/B001H6GY4C/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1405910889&sr=8-2-ent] and shows like No Reservations [http://www.travelchannel.com/tv-shows/anthony-bourdain]
A Brief Chat with Iraq's Ambassador to the United States, Lukman Faily
Ambassador Faily [https://blogsofwar.com/tag/lukman-faily/] and I have traded tweets for some time now but I am honored that he agreed to take time out what must be an overwhelming schedule to answer a very short list of questions for Blogs of War readers. You can follow Ambassador