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Iran, the Saudis and the New 'Great Game'
New York Times • 10/20/11
Dear Friends:
You may have noticed the pace of my e-mail blasts slowing down.  It will continue this way for another year or so.  The reason is not advancing age or infirmity.  I have begun work on another book, and during my book-writing periods I try to avoid the temptation of freelance writing. I have unofficially suspended my Guardian column and contributions to the Daily Beast.  Occasionally I will have a moment of weakness, but the flow of new content will be limited.

No journalist, however, can resist an assignment from the New York Review of Books, and I am pleased that it has just published a lengthy piece I recently wrote about Turkey.  A link is here.


My new book will be focused on the life stories of two brothers who have been largely forgotten, but who contributed decisively to much of today's world disorder: John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles.  With luck it will be published in 2013.

I have also cut back my speaking schedule, but have a few events scheduled.  I will be discussing events in the Middle East at the Payomet Center for the Arts in Truro, Mass., on the evening of August 22; at the Washington History Seminar on the afternoon of September 12; and at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., on the afternoon of November 6.  In addition, I will appear on a panel discussing the recent decision of the Guatemalan government to rehabilitate the legacy of President Jacobo Arbenz, who was deposed by the CIA in 1953; it will be held at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard, at 2 PM on October 7.

I will post details of these events, along with other material, at stephenkinzer.com

Best wishes for a wonderful August!
Theater Review: Perhaps the First Production of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" To Be Set In Modern Iran
Tehran Bureau, April 10, 2011
Libya Is Not 'Another Rwanda'
Boston Globe - April 01, 2011
The Egypt Revolution's Coming Face-Off
Post-Mubarak, the country is experiencing a historic moment of unity, but it is entering an unstable period that could leave Egypt a stable democracy, like Turkey, or a chaotic nightmare, like Iraq. Stephen Kinzer on the looming clash between the protesters and the military.
The Daily Beast - Feb. 21, 20ll
Now that the Egyptian protests have toppled Hosni Mubarak, will the rest of the Arab world follow suit?
Interview on The Takeaway (NPR), Feb. 14, 2011 (Audio)
Where Will Mubarak Go?
The dictator is riding out his resignation in his seaside retreat at Sharm el-Sheikh, but Egyptians won’t let him stay long. From Saudi Arabia to Britain to even Israel, Stephen Kinzer weighs Mubarak’s options for exile.
Dictators' Sons, From Egypt to Libya, Are Doomed
Qaddafi's son has been linked to arms smuggling. Saddam's kids were rapists and torturers. The children of despots often hasten their fathers' downfall. Just ask Mubarak.
The Daily Beast - Feb. 10, 2011
U.S. Foreign Policy & Egypt
We get the latest, and go to the huge foreign policy implications for the United States.
Other guests: Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist; Susan Glasser, editor of Foreign Policy; Nicholas Burns, former Undersecretary of State. On Point - NPR, February 3, 2011 (Audio)
Mubarak Won't Run Again
President Mubarak has bowed to a popular uprising and will soon quit. Who's next? From Jordan's shaky monarchy to a Yemen regime scarred by WikiLeaks, which Middle East leaders could soon follow suit?
Newsweek - February 2, 2011
Where America Stands on Democracy in the Middle East
The Takeaway (NPR) - February 1, 2011 (Audio)

New events

February 10, 7 PM
Building 6-120
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA
The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle For Iran's Future
Book launch with editors Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel

Feb. 16, 7 PM
Suffolk University - 120 Tremont St, Boston
Iran and the US: Potential Parters In a New Middle East?

March 14

Leaders of Change Summit
Istanbul Convention Center
Turkey's Future in the New Middle East

Other speakers include Kofi Annan, Al Gore, and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdgan and President Abdullah Gul of Turkey

April 5, 12 Noon
University of Scranton, Scranton, PA
Facing Disaster In the Middle East: Do We Have Only Bad Options?

April 13, 11:30 AM
Lifetime Learning Program
Newton South High School
140 Brandeis Road, Newton, MA
Facing Disaster In the Middle East: Do We Have Only Bad Options?
Call Lori Swet for more information: 617-559-6994
Latest Guardian column
Kagame's Authoritarian Turn Risks Rwanda's Future
Paul Kagame's presidency helped heal genocide-torn Rwanda. But now he must listen to critics, not imprison them.
The Guardian - January 27, 2011
Egypt Protests Show American Foreign-Policy Folly,
While popular uprisings erupt across the Middle East, America stands on the sidelines. Stephen Kinzer on why the U.S. should abandon its self-defeating strategy in the region.
Newsweek - January 28, 2011
Time to Get Over the Iran Hostage Crisis
The harrowing 444-day ordeal that still poisons Iran-American relations came to an end 30 years ago today. Stephen Kinzer on conservative politicians and former hostages who say it?s time for the countries to bury the hatchet.
Daily Beast - January 20, 2011
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