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Michael J. Brenner

Professor Emeritus of International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh

[Texas, United States]

Michael Brenner is Professor Emeritus of International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh and a Fellow of the Center for Transatlantic Relations at SAIS/Johns Hopkins. He was the Director of the International Relations & Global Studies Program at the University of Texas.

Brenner is the author of numerous books, and over 80 articles and published papers. His most recent works are: Democracy Promotion and Islam; Fear and Dread In The Middle East; Toward A More Independent Europe ; Narcissistic Public Personalities & Our Times. His writings include books with Cambridge University Press (Nuclear Power and Non-Proliferation), the Center For International Affairs at Harvard University (The Politics of International Monetary Reform), and the Brookings Institution (Reconcilable Differences, US-French Relations In The New Era).

His research interests focus on American foreign policy, international relations theory, international political economy and national security. Mr. Brenner has previously worked at the Foreign Service Institute, the U.S. Department of Defense and Westinghouse.

Articles by Michael J. Brenner

How to Manage Trump: Modeling Madness at the G-20

Imitation is the highest form of flattery. Trump is very predictable in one way: He laps up flattery – the more the better.

November 30, 2018

US Drones and the Khashoggi Murder

What is the background to the U.S. reaction to the killing of Jamal Khashoggi by the courtiers of Trump family’s close friend, Mohammed bin-Salman?

November 4, 2018

Trump Destructivism: Way Beyond Russia

For all the attention currently paid to Russia, let us not forget the long list of other places in the world where the current government of the United States has not been upholding the causes of political freedom, democracy and national sovereignty.

August 3, 2018

US: Headless on China

The United States’ greatest failing is the inability to fashion a strategic conception that accommodates the rise of China as a superpower.

May 20, 2018

Hearsay Global News

Forget “fake news.” Here are some appetizing suggestions for what is really happening in the world.

January 21, 2018

The New York Times and the Looting of America

Amidst a reactionary revolution without precedent, the Democrats and the mainstream media only exhibit cluelessness, if not complicity.

January 4, 2018

Deconstructing Globalization

The anthropological dimension of why we blame “globalization” for our own, very human lack of proper action and understanding.

December 18, 2017

Russia in the American Mind

Russia has been stigmatized as ghoul no. 2 in the American chamber of horrors. That is an act of escapism that conveniently removes China from much-needed public attention.

December 16, 2017

US Inequality: The Economics of Nastiness

Americans are systematically lulled into believing that inequality is an unalterable fact of life.

November 11, 2017

Political Questions All Americans Should Ask

To get real, Americans must urgently rethink many modern mythologies they hold dear.

September 23, 2017

Yemen: How Europe Kowtows to America

European leaders either follow obediently in America’s wake or hold their tongues.

September 13, 2017

North Korea on the Table

Dissecting Donald Trump's mental gymnastics on dealing with pesky dictator Kim Jong-un.

September 4, 2017

Vietnam: Memories Are Made of This – Or Maybe Not

A review of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s fascinating new book.

August 27, 2017

The Summer of Love Turns 50

San Francisco is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the most iconic cultural event in its history – the summer of 1967.

August 19, 2017

“Americanism” Revisited

How can one stop the dangerous perpetuation of an unrealistic conception of America’s place in the world?

July 23, 2017

The Grenfell Tower Fallout

The Grenfell Tower tragedy is a classic “what have we become” moment.

July 13, 2017

America and the Common Man: RIP?

When the “common man” dies, the United States of America that the world marveled at for 250 years dies with him.

July 4, 2017

Turkey and the United States: At Loggerheads

Unlike Trump, Erdogan does know what he wants – but, like Trump, he can’t get there.

May 21, 2017

The Trump in All of Us

Trump’s White House resembles rowdy free play in the schoolyard under a substitute teacher. The world is at risk.

May 1, 2017

US/Middle East: Power Politics or Amateur Hour?

Assessing the interests and weaknesses of the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran in the Middle East.

March 21, 2017

Narcissism and Trump: The Long Story

With the White House in his pocket, Trump believes he is able to command whatever it is he wants.

February 21, 2017

Americans’ Moby Dick: The 21st Century Edition

The “War On Terror” is entering its 16th year. But why does it have such a hold over Americans’ lives, culture and politics?

January 10, 2017

Trump’s New “The Apprentice” Mega Show

At this point, the U.S. President-elect would do a better job filling his administration if he made the selection a reality show.

November 20, 2016

Trump Vs. the US: Four Months That Changed the World

How Donald Trump got to the White House via the courts – and the amazing things that happened next.

October 23, 2016

Silicon Valley: A Close-Up

Is Silicon Valley the 21st century American equivalent of the inferno/purgatory? Or of paradise?

August 14, 2016

Capo Trump’s Farewell to the American People

A preview copy of the failed Republican Presidential candidate’s November 9, 2016 speech, from the pages of Vanity Affairs magazine.

August 4, 2016

Destiny Lost? Trump and a US Off Its Moorings

Does criticizing and downplaying other nations help Americans feel better about themselves?

July 24, 2016

Is Hillary Clinton a Warmonger?

A closer review of Secretary Clinton’s foreign policy experience and tendencies.

July 3, 2016

Daumier, The Satirist

In contemporary America, Daumier could have had a field day.

June 19, 2016

The United States of Emotions

Why U.S. foreign policy has such a mixed record, in the Middle East and beyond.

May 28, 2016

Understanding Saudi Arabia: The Legitimacy Paradox

To retain their royal power, the House of Saud is prepared to take the world down with them.

April 24, 2016

Saudi Arabia: Six Questions the United States Must Ask

On Iran, the Middle East and terrorism, it does not behoove the United States to play an understudy to Saudi Arabia.

April 23, 2016

The True Genius of America’s Sports Empires

Unlike FIFA, professional teams in the U.S. have no need to resort to criminality or corruption to enrich themselves.

March 26, 2016

Obama Goes Atlantic: Between Vanity and Reflection

How U.S. Presidents focus on shaping their image for posterity.

March 21, 2016

The United States: Still Trapped by Fear

What is keeping Americans in a September 2001 mentality almost a decade and a half later?

March 13, 2016

Treating U.S. Terror Psychosis

Has the attempted cure for 9/11 made the fear more real?

March 12, 2016

Obama: Master of Dissociation

What happens when the world’s presumably most powerful man plays the role of participant-observer while still in the Oval Office?

March 10, 2016

How Clintonism Loses the White House

How Clintonism sabotaged Democrats, aided Republicans and tripped up Hillary Clinton herself.

February 21, 2016

Known Unknowns: Left in the Dark on Mideast Policy

What is the state of U.S. media and political class 14 years into the “war on terror”?

February 14, 2016

Ending the War in Syria and Iraq: Strategic Steps

A responsible military and political plan to isolate ISIS geographically, militarily and diplomatically.

December 27, 2015

Getting Real: Facing Necessary Facts in Syria and Iraq

Washington's admitting some hard truths is a pre-requisite to defeating ISIS.

December 26, 2015

The Christian Terror of Saint Augustine

In an earlier era, rampaging monks sought to create the Christian equivalent of the ISIS caliphate.

December 11, 2015

The Libel Equating Islam With Terror

The homegrown attacks in the U.S. and Europe have more in common with secular mass shooters than with Mideast jihad.

December 9, 2015

Toward a More Independent Europe?

Are Washington's errors of judgment doing lasting damage to the pursuit of common Western interests?

April 30, 2007

The Unilateral Missile Shield?

Does the West exist as a strategic entity, or is it only an abstract concept with no practical meaning?

April 10, 2007