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Foreign Affairs Discussion Group
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I. Foreign Affairs Discussion Group

Welcome to the Foreign Affairs Discussion Group. This is the place to post your thoughts, questions, and comments on American foreign policy issues. Although the suggested reading lists generally refer to articles in Foreign Affairs magazine, please feel free to suggest or post useful information from any other source within the spirit of the Topic Guidelines below.

Rudeness is considered Off Topic. Before you join the discussion please read (and heed) this article by Jane Gault: Message 18475463

Also, please read the following articles:

"I personally would start discussions of contemporary American foreign policy with the Wohlforth & Brooks piece from the July/Aug Foreign Affairs ( Message 18407694 )and the Kagan piece from the June/July Policy Review ( I haven't yet seen anything really interesting on the larger or general questions since then." --tekboy

II. Topic Guidelines

1. Discussions relating to any article in Foreign Affairs magazine.
2. Discussions relating to current events, especially items concerning:
- US relations with Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, EU, Middle Eastern Countries
- The War on Terrorism
- Military policy, capabilities, and tactics
- Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
3. Drop me a PM if you have any questions about the suitability of a topic.

III. Items Considered Off-Topic

0. 14April03 - My effort to pare down the number of posts during this, the invasion/liberation of Iraq
Message 18833592
1. Check this reference (#reply-16607278) for one such list of OT (and ON Topic) items.
2. Search on This Subject using the keyword topics for the most recent list.
3. The topic lists are titled List of OFF Topic Items

IV. Suggested Resources

Foreign Affairs Magazine
I became a Foreign Affairs subscriber back in April 2001. I have been pleased with the quality and variety of the material I've read. If you are interested in international issues, I recommend you consider a subscription to "FA".

Foreign Affairs v81 (2002) Table of Contents
n1 (Jan-Feb) #reply-17424356
n2 (Mar-Apr) #reply-17424357
n3 (May-Jun) #reply-17424240
n4 (Jul-Aug)
n5 (Sep-Oct)
n6 (Nov-Dec)

The New York Times
Even though I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, I've had a home subscription to the NY Times for several years. I have found it to be an invaluable source of articulate reporting and commentary. Highly recommended.

A Foreign Affairs Special Briefing
The Terrorist Attack on America - Introduction and Summaries

Books on Terrorism, War, and Foreign Policy

1. Anybody really interested in following what the big-league debate over American grand strategy in the post-Cold-War era has been should check out this collection, which contains many of the "greatest hits" of that discussion: Edited By James Hoge, Jr., and Gideon Rose, American and the World: Debating the New Shape of International Politics

See also 'wonkster's Amazon Reading List at :

2. Terrorism throughout history: Bruce Hoffman, Inside Terrorism

3. A general survey on how to think about counterterrorism policy today: Paul Pillar, Terrorism and American Foreign Policy

4. A primer on the challenges of homeland defense and WMD terrorism: Falkenrath, et al., America's Achilles Heel

Superb overview of the Taiwan Straits issues and Chinese strategic thinking
Message 16361704

Other References
1. A brief discussion of other foreign policy publications:
Message 17461135
4. Michael Doran, "Somebody Else's Civil War": Message 17498211

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281424I think it is time to get f*cking Saudi Arabia off the American teat. All they roto1March 20
281423Exhibit A - Iran - The coronavirus will do more for regime change around the worSun Tzu-March 18
281422Too funny... that they just can't and won't ever bring themselves to spesense-March 9
281421Trump has begun operationalizing something that former Presidents George W. BushSun Tzu-9/17/2019
281420Trust these Murdering Muslim bastards .. How many Jews are still alive in MuslPogeu Mahone-9/2/2019
281419Only one of these experts has to be wrong.. and Israel can get wiped out, so Pogeu Mahone-9/1/2019
281418Seriously?! So the head of Mossad and the head of IDF are a bunch of ignorant JSun Tzu-9/1/2019
281417For eight years the Military Religious Freedom Foundation and the Obama administPogeu Mahone-9/1/2019
281416Hitler Redux: Germany’s Merkel is now biggest bilateral donor to the “PalestiniaPogeu Mahone-9/1/2019
281415Dumb to you because you see false equivalencies. You are free to hate whomPogeu Mahone-9/1/2019
281414"At this time and in the foreseeable future, there is not an existential thSun Tzu-8/31/2019
281413Dumbass remarks like this is what happens when you live in your echo chamber andSun Tzu18/31/2019
281412Smart enough to cancel the Iran Deal. Who gives terrorists hundreds of billionsPogeu Mahone-8/31/2019
281411"Good luck with the UN The Un is totally Dysfunctional. Pure Evil"Sawdusty-8/31/2019
281410Good luck with the UN The Un is totally Dysfunctional. Pure Evil Rich chilPogeu Mahone-8/31/2019
281409Fark you How do you have these false equivalencies 6 million Jews 1.7 billion Pogeu Mahone-8/31/2019
281408Obama certainly grated on me. I agree with you: "But he does deliver gratPogeu Mahone-8/31/2019
281407Iran Has Options and It’s Starting to Use Them Washington’s “maximum pressure” cSun Tzu-6/17/2019
281406The case for impeachment via @sarahkendzior Writer and scholar. Co-host of @gaAlex MG-4/19/2019
281405Head to Head with Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister (Danny Ayalon) on IranSun Tzu-3/16/2019
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281402How a Forever War Ends Trump might well wrap up the war in Afghanistan, but onlySun Tzu-2/11/2019
281401GLOBAL THINKERS Welcome to Foreign Policy’s 10th annual speSun Tzu-2/4/2019
281400This is a very good primer on the greater effects of China's Road and Belt iSun Tzu-2/4/2019
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