One of the most difficult things to instill in the minds of students and members of Congress alike is the importance of understanding Russian culture (one of toughness) if one hopes to deal with Russians at the official level. Americans have a tendency to assume
Thomas Frank’s “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” is now 12 years old. Much of the book’s fevered language still seems extreme, yet right now much of what Frank implied and described has become reality or is well on its way. So
One of the things I am most grateful for is that in my 23 years in the U.S. Department of State, I was never ordered to deal with North Korea. Then again, I am not a specialist on Asia. Nevertheless, North Korea is an important
Democracy has been called the “marketplace of ideas,” and for more than 150 years, the men and women in the Kansas Legislature have served as the brokers of ideas for improving life in our state. In recent years, though, one policy idea to improve the lives
Twenty years ago, American political scientist Samuel Huntington published “The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order.” This major work remains relevant today. One of Huntington’s key points was that the liberal prognosis of the time — that we were on the verge
While I realize that the depleted condition of the U.S. Navy mirrors conditions in the other services, the fact is that one of the keys to President Barack Obama’s plan for projecting power in the Pacific is a new, robust, well-trained fleet with
I thought I had seen just about everything when it comes to President Barack Obama capitulating in foreign policy. First, he drew a red line, warning Syria not to cross it by using chemical weapons, and when Syria did, Obama did not respond. Then there
I thought about writing a poem on farm life. Then I actually thought about what I lived each day and what I wanted to express. I realized quickly that every aspect of farming is poetry in motion — the rhythm of the seasons, the cadence of
A week ago Friday we held our December commencement, the culminating event of another academic semester. Permit me to share some information you may not be aware of about Manhattan Area Technical College — your technical college: • At commencement we graduated the 500th registered nurse (R.
Heads of states of major countries often give speeches at the end of the year in which they sum up what they have accomplished during the year. These occasions sometimes provide insight into a leader’s or a society’s way of looking at problems.
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