Diplomatic History

Diplomatic History


Interviews with scholars of diplomatic history about their new books.

Vanessa Walker, "Principles in Power: Latin America and the Politics of U.S. Human Rights Diplomacy" (Cornell UP, 2020)

May 27, 2024

Principles in Power

Vanessa Walker
Hosted by Jo Butterfield

Vanessa Walker's Principles in Power: Latin America and the Politics of U. S. Human Rights Diplomacy (Cornell University Press, 2020) explores the rel…

Seyed Ali Alavi, "Iran and Palestine: Past, Present, and Future" (Routledge, 2019)

May 27, 2024

Iran and Palestine

Seyed Ali Alavi
Hosted by Yaacov Yadgar

In Iran and Palestine: Past, Present and Future (Routledge, 2019), Seyed Ali Alavi (SOAS University of London) surveys the history of the relationship…

Mark Moyar, "Triumph Regained: The Vietnam War, 1965-1968" (Encounter, 2023)

May 22, 2024

Triumph Regained

Mark Moyar
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

Triumph Regained: The Vietnam War, 1965-1968 (Encounter, 2023) is the long-awaited sequel to the immensely influential Triumph Forsaken: The Vietnam W…

Robert Lyman, "A War of Empires: Japan, India, Burma, and Britain: 1941–45" (Osprey, 2021)

May 21, 2024

A War of Empires

Robert Lyman
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

In 1941 and 1942 the British and Indian Armies were brutally defeated and Japan reigned supreme in its newly conquered territories throughout Asia. Bu…

Stuart A. Reid, "The Lumumba Plot: The Secret History of the CIA and a Cold War Assassination" (Knopf, 2023)

May 19, 2024

The Lumumba Plot

Stuart A. Reid
Hosted by Andrew Pace

Today I talked to Stuart Reid about his new book The Lumumba Plot: The Secret History of the CIA and a Cold War Assassination (Knopf, 2023). It was s…

Anna Brinkman, "Balancing Strategy: Sea Power, Neutrality, and Prize Law in the Seven Years' War" (Cambridge UP, 2024)

May 18, 2024

Balancing Strategy

Anna Brinkman
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

What is the relationship between seapower, law, and strategy? In Balancing Strategy: Seapower, Neutrality, and Prize-Law in the Seven Years' War (Camb…

Elizabeth O’Brien Ingleson, "Made in China: When US-China Interests Converged to Transform Global Trade" (Harvard UP, 2024)

May 16, 2024

Made in China

Elizabeth O’Brien Ingleson
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

For centuries, the vastness of the Chinese market tempted foreign companies in search of customers. But in the 1970s, when the United States and China…

Lisa Langdon Koch, "Nuclear Decisions: Changing the Course of Nuclear Weapons Programs" (Oxford UP, 2023)

May 16, 2024

Nuclear Decisions

Lisa Langdon Koch

Throughout the nuclear age, states have taken many different paths toward or away from nuclear weapons. These paths have been difficult to predict and…

Christopher Tounsel, "Bounds of Blackness: African Americans, Sudan, and the Politics of Solidarity" (Cornell UP, 2024)

May 15, 2024

Bounds of Blackness

Christopher Tounsel
Hosted by Kishauna Soljour

Christopher Tounsel's book Bounds of Blackness: African Americans, Sudan, and the Politics of Solidarity (Cornell UP, 2024) explores the history of Bl…

Lisa Bhungalia, "Elastic Empire: Refashioning War Through Aid in Palestine" (Stanford UP, 2023)

May 15, 2024

Elastic Empire

Lisa Bhungalia
Hosted by Tugrul Mende

The United States integrated counterterrorism mandates into its aid flows in the West Bank and Gaza Strip during the early years of the global war on …

Jeremy Garlick, "Advantage China: Agent of Change in an Era of Global Disruption" (Bloomsbury, 2023)

May 9, 2024

Advantage China

Jeremy Garlick
Hosted by Nicholas Gordon

China’s rise to global prominence is a pretty good contender for the most important world development in the past 30 years. But now the question is ho…

David Tal, "The Making of an Alliance: The Origins and Development of the US-Israel Relationship" (Cambridge UP, 2022)

May 8, 2024

The Making of an Alliance

David Tal
Hosted by Renee Garfinkel

Laying the foundation for an understanding of US-Israeli relations, this lively and accessible book provides critical background on the origins and de…

Donald Stoker, "Why America Loses Wars: Limited War and US Strategy from the Korean War to the Present" (Cambridge UP, 2019)

May 5, 2024

Why America Loses Wars

Donald Stoker
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

In this provocative challenge to United States policy and strategy, former Professor of Strategy & Policy at the US Naval War College, and author or e…

Lisa A. Kirschenbaum, "Soviet Adventures in the Land of the Capitalists: Ilf and Petrov's American Road Trip" (Cambridge UP, 2024)

May 5, 2024

Soviet Adventures in the Land of the Capitalists

Lisa A. Kirschenbaum
Hosted by Iva Glisic

In 1935, two Soviet satirists, Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov, undertook a 10,000-mile American road trip from New York to Hollywood and back. They immort…

Mateo Jarquín, "The Sandinista Revolution: A Global Latin American History" (UNC Press, 2024)

May 4, 2024

The Sandinista Revolution

Mateo Jarquín
Hosted by Katie Coldiron

The Sandinista Revolution and its victory against the Somoza dictatorship in Nicaragua gripped the United States and the world in the 1980s. But as so…

Mukund Padmanabhan, "The Great Flap of 1942: How the Raj Panicked over a Japanese Non-invasion (Vintage Books, 2024)

April 25, 2024

The Great Flap of 1942

Mukund Padmanabhan
Hosted by Nicholas Gordon

In April 1942, at least half a million people fled the city of Madras, now known as Chennai. The reason? The British, after weeks of growing unease ab…

Robert D. Kaplan, "The Loom of Time: Between Empire and Anarchy, from the Mediterranean to China" (Random House, 2023)

April 11, 2024

The Loom of Time

Robert D. Kaplan
Hosted by Nicholas Gordon

The Middle East remains one of the world’s most complicated, thorny—and, uncharitably, unstable—parts of the world, as countless headlines make clear.…

Traian Sandu, "Ceausescu: The Ambiguous Dictator" (Perrin, 2023)

April 10, 2024


Traian Sandu
Hosted by Roland Clark

Today I talked to Traian Sandu about his book Ceausescu: Le dictateur ambigu (Perrin, 2023). Born in January 1918, Nicolae Ceauşescu began his appre…

Louis Howard Porter, "Reds in Blue: UNESCO, World Governance, and the Soviet Internationalist Imagination" (Oxford UP, 2023)

April 4, 2024

Reds in Blue

Louis Howard Porter
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Before Josef Stalin's death in 1953, the USSR had, at best, an ambivalent relationship with noncommunist international organisations. Although it had …

Matthieu Grandpierron, "Nostalgic Virility as a Cause of War: How Leaders of Great Powers Cope with Status Decline" (McGill-Queen's Press, 2024)

April 2, 2024

Nostalgic Virility as a Cause of War

Matthieu Grandpierron
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Why do great powers go to war? Why are non-violent, diplomatic options not prioritised? Nostalgic Virility as a Cause of War: How Leaders of Great Pow…