Vali Nasr, Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies who was Senior Advisor to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke from 2009 to 2011, offers a critique of America's foreign policy and outlines a new relationship with the Muslim world and with new players in the changing Middle East. In The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat, Nasr goes behind the scenes at the State Department and reveals how the U.S. government's fear of political backlash and the specter of terrorism crippled the efforts of diplomats like Richard Holbrooke and Hillary Clinton to boost America's credibility with world leaders.
The Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins today. For hundreds of millions of Muslims, this means no eating, no drinking (not even water), and no sex during daylight hours. Those are the basic rules most of us know or have heard about Ramadan, but there are some things that you may not know about the holy month. Ramadan also means big business.