Chestertown Friday: Thoughts on John Bolton



There are some TWN readers on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, despite the comments of one student I met recently at the colonial era college, Washington College, who first asked “What’s a blog?” after a lecture I gave there. After I responded, he said, “I don’t think we have blogs on the Eastern shore.

A Grameen Gala and Ted Turner’s Birthday



(Nobel Peace Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus, former President Bill Clinton, and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton; UN Foundation Dinner, 19 Nov 2006, photo credit: Jennifer Willis) Last night, Washington’s political stars turned out to pay homage to the banker who started in 1976 lending $27 to 42 people in one village in Bangladesh.

Is Democracy Good for the Middle East?



UPDATE: EVENT MAXED OUT The Hudson Institute does not have this event noted on its website, but Richard Weitz has assembled an interesting panel discussion regarding Democracy in the Middle East on Monday, 20 November, noon-2 pm that will take place at the Hudson Institute’s offices in Washington. C-Span will cover the event.

New Resource at IISS: “Flashpoint” on Iraq’s Descent into Chaos



(IISS Director of Studies and former Bush administration US AID official Patrick Cronin) Patrick Cronin, Director of Studies at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, has sent me a new publication from the IISS Armed Conflict Database titled “Flashpoint”.