Diplomacy? What diplomacy?

Take a look at this fine speech by retired US Ambassador Chas Freeman about public diplomacy and, well, everything else: Why Not Let Them Hate Us, as long as They Fear Us?

It seems like every day, a new angry retired foreign service or military officer comes out of the woodwork. I know from personal experience many serving ones also agree.

(Thanks, Simon.)
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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.