Author Archives: Curzon

About Curzon

Lord George Nathaniel Curzon (1859 - 1925) entered the British House of Commons as a Conservative MP in 1886, where he served as undersecretary of India and Foreign Affairs. He was appointed Viceroy of India at the turn of the 20th century where he delineated the North West Frontier Province, ordered a military expedition to Tibet, and unsuccessfully tried to partition the province of Bengal during his six-year tenure. Curzon served as Leader of the House of Lords in Prime Minister Lloyd George's War Cabinet and became Foreign Secretary in January 1919, where his most famous act was the drawing of the Curzon Line between a new Polish state and Russia. His publications include Russia in Central Asia (1889) and Persia and the Persian Question (1892). In real life, "Curzon" is a US citizen from the East Coast who has been a financial analyst, freelance translator, and university professor; he is currently on assignment in Tokyo.

US responsibility for the weak Franco-American Relationship

I’ve recently been reading an old friend, Henry Kissinger’s 900-page tome Diplomacy. Like with many books of epic proportion and content, every read gives me new insight, and for the first time Kissinger’s comments on the US foreign policy during … Continue reading

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Photos of Libya

As Gaddafi holds on to power in Libya, anti-government forces have now captured just about every other city in the country. Meanwhile, the US is offering “any kind of assistance” to anti-government forces. In all of this, you can color … Continue reading

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We’re not finished yet

…writes Robert D. Kaplan in his latest piece, America Primed. He bases this on a number of factors, but highlights unique American “assets” such as the Anglosphere (an automatic network of allies) AMERICA’S MACROSTRATEGIC environment is chockablock with assets unavailable … Continue reading

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The Medieval Growth of Tokyo

Long before modern technology allowed the creation of man-made islands such as the Palm Islands in Dubai, Tokyo was transformed by ordinary human laborers moving earth without modern technology. These pictures, from NHK, show the transformation of Tokyo during the … Continue reading

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A Snapshot of Abu Dhabi

I recently saw this picture (in the Al Ain National Museum) of a police station in Abu Dhabi, circa 1969. How things change…

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Bahrain Overview and the Dueling Mosques of Manama

First, the news highlights: * Rumors (and photographs) are that Saudi tanks are cruising across the causeway into Bahrain. Someone noted to me today that the construction of the causeway between Saudi Arabia and the island of Bahrain was only … Continue reading

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Fareed Zakaria invokes Robert D. Kaplan on the New Middle East

I read with interest this perspective on the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia: The year of the revolutions began in January, in a small country of little importance. Then the protests spread to the region’s largest and most important state, … Continue reading

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A passport to be proud of

No, this is not a jingoistic rant on how proud I am to have a USA! USA! USA! passport. Rather, it’s a smug reference to my personal passport — which is approaching phonebook proportions. Until recently, my passport was a … Continue reading

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Kissinger on China and US as future World Powers

From a recent editorial in the Washington Post: America has found most problems it recognized as soluble. China, in its history of millennia, came to believe that few problems have ultimate solutions. America has a problem-solving approach; China is comfortable … Continue reading

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Giving credit where credit is due to Julien Barnes-Dacey

Last week, I saw Julien Barnes-Dacey speak in Dubai at the Control Risks Risk Map 2011 seminar. (Control Risk publishes a map every year that shows the levels of political risk and security risk across the globe — as the … Continue reading

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