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The Domestic Consequences of America’s Many Wars in the Middle East

Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.) | Senior Fellow, the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University, October 12, 2016

In just four weeks, as the press never tires of pointing out, Americans will elect “a new commander-in-chief.”  ...

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The American Way of War Reconsidered

Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.) | Senior Fellow, the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University, September 22, 2016

I’m a retired diplomat.  The late Arthur Goldberg, who served on our Supreme Court and as U.S. ambassador ...

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Turkey in the New Geopolitical Context

Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.) | Senior Fellow, the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, September 15, 2016

In some ways, Turkey has a better claim than China to be the “the middle kingdom.”  Ankara sits at ...

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Reimagining Relations with Iran

Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.) | Senior Fellow, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University, July 18, 2016

The United States and Iran are divided by vivid memories of reciprocally inflicted trauma and the insistent pleading of mutually ...

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Things Fall Apart: America, Europe, and Asia in the New World Disorder

Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.) | Senior Fellow, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University, June 25, 2016

We have entered a world in which, as William Butler Yeats put it in 1919:

Things fall apart; the center ...

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The Maritime Dimension of “One Belt, One Road” in Strategic Perspective

Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.) | Senior Fellow, the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, June 20, 2016

“One belt, one road” (OBOR) was a slogan before it became a concept in search of content. It is now ...

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