Better Diplomats, Please

As I keep reminding readers, I believe that the realist theory of international relations best explains the behavior of nation-states, and as a consequence, I look askance at claims that the management and execution of foreign policy depends in significant part on individual personalities. But that doesn't mean that individual personalities don't play some role …

Now Angering Both Old and New Europe: Victoria Nuland

Remember when Donald Rumsfeld made a distinction between "old" and "new" Europe? Remember how undiplomatic it supposedly was? Remember how many people got upset as a consequence? Well, Victoria Nuland saw and raised the former secretary of defense: Germans were already smarting from revelations that U.S. intelligence listened in on the phone conversations of Chancellor …