A Depressed and Self-Destructive President: Richard Nixon in the White House
In Jeffrey Engel and Thomas Knock, eds., When Life Strikes the President (Oxford University press, 2017), 233-255.
How Trump’s Executive Orders Could Set America Back 70 Years
Blustering Toward Armageddon: How Donald Trump Will Take America to War
Why the European Union Still Matters in a Fracturing World
Historical Consciousness, Realism, and Public Intellectuals in American Society
Read this article: In Michael C. Desch, ed., Public Intellectuals in the Global Arena (University of Notre Dame Press, 2016), 39-62.
Sustainable Security: Rethinking American National Security Strategy
Chapters from book (Oxford University Press, December 2016), edited by Jeremi Suri and Benjamin Valentino.
Perilous Polarities: A Defense of Historical Ecumenism
History and Foreign Policy: Making the Relationship Work, with Hal Brands
Roundtable Discussion of Foreign Policy Breakthroughs: Cases in Successful Diplomacy
Studying History to Improve Policy, with Hal Brands
Washington and Moscow’s High North Dance, with David Biette
Revitalizing the U.S. National Security Strategy, with James Goldgeier
The Urgent Need for Real National Strategy, with James Goldgeier
Lessons from Bill Clinton’s First Year for the Next President
Leading the Impossible Presidency
Which President Had the Best Last Year In Office?
War and Diplomacy in an Age of Extremes
New Leaders for a New Century
The Humanities and Human Character
Public Intellectuals and Democracy
Read this article: Passport 45 (January 2015).
The New Alliances of the 21st Century
Read this article: Global Brief (Fall/Winter 2015), 48-52.
A Generation in Need of Hope
Read this article: E-International Relations (13 May 2014).
Operation Diplomacy: Revitalizing the Non-Military Parts of American Foreign Policy
Read this article (co-written with Robert Hutchings): Alcalde Magazine (January/February 2014), 26-29, 95.
The Railroad and the Making of Modern America
Read this article: Center for Railroad Photography and Art exhibit catalog (Spring 2014).
Estado moderno y protestas populares (The Modern State and Global Protests)
Read this article in Spanish: Política Exterior (January/February 2014), 2-11.
Offensive Charm: Why Vladimir Putin Tried – and Failed – to Woo the US Public
Read this article: Foreign Affairs (16 September 2013).
The 21st Century Individual in World Affairs
Read this article: Global Brief Magazine (Spring/Summer 2013).
The US and the Cold War: Four Ideas that Shaped the 20th Century World
Frontier U: The Historical and Contemporary Mission of America’s Public Universities
Read this article: Alcalde Magazine (January 2013).
Are Today’s Politicians Ready for the Challenges and Opportunities of our Time?
Read this article: Austin Statesman (7 October 2012).
Why the State Still Matters
Read this article: Global Brief Magazine (Spring/Summer 2012), 12-16.
Anxieties of Empire and the Truman Administration
The Lingering Cold War
Diplomatic Dead End? Henry Kissinger and the Arab Spring
Read this article: Reform Judaism Magazine (Winter 2011).
Transnational Influences on American Politics
Read this article: Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History (2011), 559-65.
How do We Talk to One Another? The Future of Diplomacy
Read this article: Global Brief Magazine (Spring/Summer 2011), 14-18.
Henry Kissinger and American Foreign Policy
Read this article: History Now 27 (March 2011).
Conflict and Cooperation in the Cold War: New Directions in Research
Read this article: Journal of Contemporary History 46 (January 2011), 5-9.
Orphaned Diplomats: The American Struggle to Match Diplomacy with Power
Read this article: in The Prudent Use of Power (Tobin Project, 2010), 13-30.
Where are the Kissingers for the 21st Century?
Read this article: Global Brief (Winter 2010), 32-35.
Disarmament Attempts Past: Successes and Failures
Read this article: U.S. Department of State ejournal 15 (February 2010), 20-24.
American Grand Strategy After the Cold War’s End to 9/11
Read this article: Orbis 53 (Fall 2009), 611-27.
The Rise and Fall of an International Counterculture, 1960–1975
…Existential angst was not unique to the period, but it became pervasive in a context of heightened promises about a better life and strong fears about the political implications of social deviance. Ideological competition in the Cold War encouraged citizens to look beyond material factors alone, and to seek a deeper meaning in their daily activities.
Read this article: The American Historical Review, 114:45–68, February 2009
Henry Kissinger, the American Dream, and the Jewish Immigrant Experience in the Cold War
Read this article: Diplomatic History 32 (November 2008), 719-47.
Nuclear Weapons and the Escalation of Global Conflict since 1945
Read this article: International Journal 63 (Autumn 2008), 1013-29.
Détente and Human Rights: American and West European Perspectives on International Change
Read this article: Cold War History 8 (November 2008), 527-45.
The Promise and Failure of ‘Developed Socialism:’ The Soviet ‘Thaw’ and the Crucible of the Prague Spring, 1964-1972
Read this article: Contemporary European History 15 (May 2006), 133-58.
The Cold War, Decolonization, and Global Social Awakenings: Historical Intersections
Read this article: Cold War History 6 (August 2006), 353-63.
Non-Governmental Organizations and Non-State Actors
The Cultural Contradictions of Cold War Education: The Case of West Berlin
Read this article: Cold War History 4 (April 2004), 1-20.
The Madman Nuclear Alert: Secrecy, Signaling, and Safety in October 1969 (with Scott D. Sagan)
Read this article: International Security 27 (Spring 2003), 150-83.
Explaining the End of the Cold War: A New Historical Consensus?
Read this article: Journal of Cold War Studies 4 (Fall 2002), 60-92.
America’s Search for a Technological Solution to the Arms Race: The Surprise Attack Conference of 1958 and a Challenge for “Eisenhower Revisionists”
Read this article: Diplomatic History 21 (Summer 1997), 417-51.
The Nukes of October: Richard Nixon’s Secret Plan to Bring Peace to Vietnam
On the morning of October 27, 1969, a squadron of 18 B-52s — massive bombers with eight turbo engines and 185-foot wingspans — began racing from the western US toward the eastern border of the Soviet Union…Codenamed Giant Lance, [President] Nixon’s plan was the culmination of a strategy of premeditated madness he had developed with national security adviser Henry Kissinger.
Read full article at wired.com (25 Oct 2008) …
The world the superpowers made
The devastation of Europe and Asia in 1945 left two states with inordinate influence on the future course of international affairs – the United States and the Soviet Union. These were the only two countries to emerge from the Second World War stronger than before they entered it. They had mobilised their vast resources for maximum effect: building more weapons and placing more citizens under arms than ever before in either nation’s history. They had also expanded their territorial control and influence far beyond previous limits. When US President Harry Truman and Soviet General Secretary Josef Stalin met in Potsdam, Germany in July 1945 most observers recognised that the decisions of these two men would determine the future course of world history.
Read more at History in Focus (Spring 2006) …
Reinventing NASA, Part Two: ‘New frontiers’ and the tempests along the way
Historians will look back on early 2004 as a momentous period in the life of our universe. The landing of two exploratory vehicles on Mars and President Bush’s speech at NASA headquarters indicate that the world has embarked on a new age of exploration…At first glance, Bush’s words evoke parallels with President John F. Kennedy’s muscular rhetoric in the early 1960s.
Read more at San Francisco Chronicle (February 1, 2004, page D-5) …
Henry Kissinger’s Lessons for George W. Bush
Although Kissinger’s insights from fighting the Vietnam War have not helped in Iraq, his maneuvers with China do provide a model for navigating relations with Iran. Here is a roadmap for President Bush and Kissinger’s closest contemporary counterpart, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, to begin their historic opening to Iran.
Read more at History News Network (July, 20, 2007)