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About Robert Matthews

Robert Matthews, former professor of history and politics at New York University, has been researching US foreign policy for foreign policy centres in Spain for the past twenty-five years. He is a consultant on Afghanistan, Pakistan and US foreign policy for the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF) in Oslo. 

Articles by Robert Matthews

This week's editor


Guest editor Ronan Harrington introduces this week's theme: Spirituality and Visionary Politics.

Ronan is a freelance political strategist and co-creator of Alter Ego, a gathering exploring the future of progressive politics.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Infatuation and the US Army

To a large extent Petraeus, four star general and chief spy, was a political and media invention. Take a closer look at the Petraeus record and a spectre starts to appear: of just how blind love can be.

Foreign policy expectations from a Romney presidency

What US foreign policy should we expect if Romney was to win in November? His statements during the campaign suggests adherence to his neocon advisers' hard line stances on many topics, including hawkish positions on China, Iran and Russia. One week before the election, Commander-in-chief Romney remains a mystery.

A country armed and dangerous, but no end to the mayhem

While some Americans think of firearms only in terms of sporting and hunting guns, many others believe weapons offer a measure of security in somehow allaying their fears of a changing - and in many respects declining - US society.

Military intervention and Syria

From the Cold War onwards there is a long trail of misery stemming from military solutions to intricate situations that were clear, simple and wrong. 

Also in this oS Analysis debate:
Mariano Aguirre, on why force would intensify the conflict. Steven Heydemann and Reinoud Leenders disagree, urging the need for a credible threat. Mariano Aguirre responds to their criticisms.

Madrid through American eyes

In the election after the terrorist atrocity of 11 March, Spain’s people rallied against government lies and bad anti-terrorist policies. An American scholar in Madrid compares the American reaction to 9/11 and asks whether his compatriots can learn from the Spanish example.
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