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The Road to Illegitimacy

The New York Review of Books     |    February 22, 2001     |    ESSAY

022201cover After you have spent some days searching for the secret of political legitimacy in Miami and West Palm Beach, you want to go further.
 
Tags: american politics

Scandal and the Road to Deadlock

The New York Review of Books     |    December 21, 2000     |    ESSAY

122100cover Gaze upward, through the gaseous clouds of rhetoric littering the sky from the campaign that would not end—"I will never let you down," "I will restore honor and dignity to the White House"—and you can spy, casting a shadow on the land like Barthelme's Dead Father, an enormous pair of lips, belonging not to the Vice President or the Texas governor but to a young woman from Beverly Hills who one fateful day delivered a slice of pizza to the President of the United States.
 
Tags: american politics

The Lost Olympics

The New York Review of Books     |    November 02, 2000     |    ESSAY

110200cover Few of our predilections seem more distinctly modern than the compulsion to name "our era" and thereby claim it.
 
Tags: Media | Olympics

Clinton & Colombia: The Privilege of Folly

The New York Review of Books     |    October 05, 2000     |    ESSAY

100500cover In foreign affairs, folly is the privilege of great powers, for they alone can be certain to survive it. Last month Americans embarked on a policy of exquisite folly: funding both sides of Colombia's civil war.
 
Tags: Latin America | Clinton | Colombia

The Shame of Political TV

The New York Review of Books     |    September 02, 2000     |    ESSAY

092100cover Like ill-matched partners in a bad marriage, American politics and American television seem bound inextricably together, unable to escape a relationship that increasingly degrades both partners.
 
Tags: Media | politics

Long Memories: Srebrenica, A Cry From the Grave

PBS     |    January 2000     |    ESSAY

Detainees Striding triumphantly down the streets of conquered Srebrenica, General Ratko Mladic announced to a television interviewer that "on this great Serb holy day," commemorating "the uprising against the Turks, the time
 
Tags: Balkans | Srebrenica | PBS

Kosovo: The Meaning of Victory

The New York Review of Books     |    July 15, 1999     |    REPORT

Carried forward amid an ocean of cheering refugees in the Stankovic refugee camp, Madeleine Albright could hardly contain her excitement. "We have been victorious," the secretary of state shouted triumphantly to the roaring crowds, "and Milosevic has lost!"
 
Tags: Kosovo | Balkans | Clinton

Endgame in Kosovo

The New York Review of Books     |    May 06, 1999     |    ESSAY

050699cover Across this near-exhausted century, imagery recurs. The knock at the door, the forced march, the mass evacuation - expressions now impossible to hear without their attendant echoes.
 
Tags: Clinton | Balkans | Kosovo

Members of the Club

The New York Times     |    April 04, 1999     |    BOOK REVIEW

Color1 Six decades ago, in a classroom at Groton, a young man rose slowly to his feet, gazed down at a sheaf of papers in his hand, and began to read.
 
Tags: Vietnam | Foreign Affairs

Operation Storm

The New York Review of Books     |    October 22, 1998     |    ESSAY

102298cover Standing motionless among their hulking war machines like statues in the dark, 200,000 Croat soldiers dropped their cigarettes, then clambered into tanks and trucks and armored personnel carriers and, in a sudden earsplitting eruption of grating gears, pushed forward into Serb-held Krajina.
 
Tags: Balkans | Croatia

Bosnien: Warum Der Westen Zuschaute

Das Magazin/ Tages-Anzeiger (Zurich)     |    September 26, 1998     |    ESSAY

Dasmagazin Im Juli 1995, während die Menschen in Europa und Amerika Fe- rien machten, wurden in einer kleinen Stadt in Ostbosnien Hunderte von Muslimen mit verbundenen Augen auf Lastwagen und in Busse geladen.
 
Tags: Balkans | Bosnia

In the Killing Fields of Bosnia

The New York Review of Books     |    September 09, 1998     |    ESSAY

092498cover
Only now, more than three years after he recorded the interview with CNN's World Report, can one see subtle signs of Richard Holbrooke's discomfort and unease.
 
Tags: Srebrenica | Balkans | Bosnia

Slouching Towards Dayton

The New York Review of Books     |    April 23, 1998     |    ESSAY

042398cover Near the lovely North Portico of the White House, on a mild and breezy evening in mid-June 1995, the President and First Lady danced alone.
 
Tags: Balkans | Bosnia | Clinton

The Horrors of a Camp Called Omarska

PBS     |    Spring 1998     |    DOCUMENTARY

Camp To the hundreds of millions who first beheld them on their television screens that August day in 1992, the faces staring out from behind barbed wire seemed powerfully familiar.
 
Tags: Balkans | Bosnia | Karadzic

Bosnia: The Great Betrayal

The New York Review of Books     |    March 26, 1998     |    ESSAY
 
Tags: Srebrenica | Balkans | Bosnia

Bosnia: Breaking the Machine

The New York Review of Books     |    February 19, 1998     |    ESSAY

021998cover On May 22, 1995, fifteen months after Bosnian Serbs—bowing to an ultimatum from Western leaders infuriated by the televised carnage of sixty-eight dismembered bodies at Sarajevo's Markela marketplace—had withdrawn their tanks and cannons and mortars from the mountains and ridges above the city, heavily armed Serb soldiers in camouflage uniforms forced their way into a United Nations "weapons collection point"...
 
Tags: Balkans | Bosnia | Srebrenica

Bosnia: The Turning Point

The New York Review of Books     |    February 05, 1998     |    ESSAY

020598cover Early one February afternoon in 1994, people in Sarajevo shed their heavy coats and hats and poured out into streets and markets, allowing themselves to forget, in the bright warming sun, that from artillery bunkers and snipers' nests dug into hills and mountains above the city hunters stared down, tracking their prey.
 
Tags: Sarajevo | Balkans | Bosnia

Marooned in the Cold War: An Exchange between Mark Danner and George F. Kennan, Strobe Talbott and Lee H. Hamilton

World Policy Journal     |    Spring 1998     |    EXCHANGE/ESSAY

Spring1998image Our differences regarding enlargement do indeed remain deep, even after you were generous enough to teach me a number of things in your well-crafted letter -- in particular, what you call the "central syllogism" of European security.
 
Tags: Cold War | Foreign Affairs

Marooned In the Cold War: An Exchange between Mark Danner and Richard C. Holbrooke

World Policy Journal     |    Winter 1998     |    EXCHANGE

Winter1998image I thought Mark Danner's essay, "Marooned in the Cold War," made a strong case against NATO enlargement, cogently presenting the negative arguments.
 
Tags: Cold War | Foreign Affairs

Marooned In the Cold War

World Policy Journal     |    Fall 1997     |    ESSAY

Fal1997image Three years have passed since I stood in a tiny market in Sarajevo, notebook in hand, gazing through a chaos of smoke and running feet at the scores of dead heaped about the blood-slick earth.
 
Tags: Foreign Affairs | Cold War
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