Saturday, February 25, 2017

Campagna-Kerven Lecture on Modern Turkey April 19, 2017

Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies
University of Michigan

"Minorities in Turkey: from the Ottoman Empire to the Republic"

At the Castle, 225 Bay State Road, Boston
Boston University
6:00 P.M., April 19, 2017

Michael Flynn's Field of Enemies

Review essay on Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who was fired as Donald Trump's first National Security Advisor. While Flynn is now longer at the elbow of the president, many of the ideas that he espoused remain popular in White House circle, not least with Trump himself.

Runs as lead review in Middle East Policy, v. 24, no. 1, 2017.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Michael Flynn: Trump's Unsteady Security Advisor

Over the next four years, indeed, in the coming days and weeks, President Donald Trump will have to deal with an array of national security threats.  These may come in many varieties, including provocations from North Korea, terror assaults, Chinese or Russian tests of U.S. resolve, or perhaps a renewed offensive by the Syrian army and its allies.  Trump will count on his staff and particularly Michael Flynn, his national security advisor, to keep him abreast of hot button issues and to present well-considered options for responding. Indeed, even on routine days Trump will see Flynn multiple times daily.
Unfortunately, there is reason to worry about Flynn’s objectivity and judgment.  Like Trump, Flynn often shoots from the hip and he is not always aiming at the right target. Flynn, a retired army lieutenant general, has filled a variety of coveted military billets, but his actions in recent years offer cause to question his judgment.
In 2012, he became Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the Pentagon’s intelligence apparatus. He was forced into retirement in April 2014, after only two years at the