Conn Hallinan

Conn Hallinan

Conn Hallinan is a Foreign Policy In Focus columnist. Hallinan is also a columnist for the Berkeley Daily Planet, and an occasional free lance medical policy writer. He is a recipient of a Project Censored "Real News Award." He formally ran the journalism program at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he was also a college provost. He can be reached at: ringoanne@sbcglobal.net

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017
These Are the Elections That Will Decide Europe’s Fate
Going in to the recent elections in the Netherlands, the mainstream story seemed lifted from William Butler Yeats poem, The Second Coming : “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold — The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” The right was on the march, the...
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Friday, March 10, 2017
Bush-Era Foreign Policy Delusions Are Alive and Well in 2017
In trying to unravel the debates over U.S. foreign policy currently being fought out in the editorial pages of the New York Times , The Wall Street Journal , and the magazine Foreign Policy, one might consider starting in late December on a bitter cold ridge in northern Wyoming, where 81 men of the...
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Thursday, February 23, 2017
Is Trump Moderating on Foreign Policy? Not in the Least.
“Chaos,” “dismay, ” “ radically inept ” — those are just a few of the recent headlines analyzing Donald Trump’s foreign policy. In truth, disorder would seem to be the strategy of the day. Picking up the morning newspaper or tuning on the national news sometimes feels akin to opening up a basket...
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Saturday, November 19, 2016
America’s Spiral Into Permanent War Seems More Foolish Than Ever
“We have fallen into a self-defeating spiral of reaction and counterterror,” writes Mark Danner in his new book Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War. “Our policies, meant to extirpate our enemies, have strengthened and perpetuated them.” Danner — an award winning journalist, professor, and member of...
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Monday, October 03, 2016
US Diplomacy and Interventionism in the Age of Endless War
While the mainstream media focuses on losers and winners in the race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, a largely unreported debate is going on over the future course of U.S. diplomacy. Its outcome will have a profound effect on how Washington projects power—both diplomatic and military—in...
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Friday, August 19, 2016
China and the U.S. are Approaching Dangerous Seas
A combination of recent events, underpinned by long-running historical strains reaching back more than 60 years, has turned the western Pacific into one of the most hazardous spots on the globe. The tension between China and the United States “is one of the most striking and dangerous themes in...
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Friday, June 03, 2016
A Very Brazilian Coup
On one level, the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff seems like vintage commedia dell’arte . For instance, the lower house speaker who brought the charges, Eduardo Cunha, had to step down because he has $16 million stashed in secret Swiss and U.S. bank accounts. The man who replaced...
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Sunday, February 14, 2016
Can the New Left Govern Europe?
Over the past year, left and center-left parties have taken control of two European countries and hold the balance of power in a third. Elections in Greece, Portugal, and Spain saw right-wing parties take a beating and tens of millions of voters reject the economic austerity policies of the...
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Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Adding Up the Costs of Hillary Clinton’s Wars
The Greek playwright Aeschylus — who fought at Marathon in 490 BC, the battle that defeated the first Persian invasion of Greece — had few illusions about the consequences of war. No wonder, in the tragedy Oresteia , he gave his character Agamemnon these verses: They sent forth men to battle. But...
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Friday, December 11, 2015
So Why Did Turkey Shoot Down That Russian Plane?
Why did Turkey shoot down that Russian warplane? It was certainly not because the SU-24 posed any threat. The plane is old and slow, and the Russians were careful not to arm it with anti-aircraft missiles. And it wasn’t because the Turks are quick on the trigger, either. Three years ago, Turkish...
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