The Dispatch

The Dispatch is an AHS newsletter that circulates each week to its constituent chapters.

Weekly Discussion Topic

During the academic year, each issue of Dispatch features a ‘Weekly Discussion Topic,’ meant to guide students as they make sense of timely topics in U.S. foreign policy and national security.

Russia’s Other War: The Forgotten Sorrows of Syria

Once at the forefront of global attention, the Syrian civil war now rarely registers comment. What more is there to observe, beyond dashed dreams, widespread...

Zero Way Out of Xi’s “Zero-Covid” Policy?

On Monday, China’s Health Minister Ma Xiaowei announced “the strictest, most thorough, most resolute and decisive” measures in combating a Covid surge, thereby doubling down on...

Afghanistan After the Fall

Monday saw opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif become the prime minister of Pakistan. This followed a tumultuous week in which ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan attempted...

Thinking in Time: Exploring the Past to Understand the Present

During the summer months, each issue of Dispatch features ‘Thinking in Time,’ which uses the prism of a recent book or article to illuminate how a significant moment in the history of statecraft can inform and influence the policy debates dominating today’s headlines.

The Politics of the Past in Hungary

For many visitors, Budapest casts a spellbinding beauty, sparkling with ageless jewels like Saint Stephen’s Basilica and the fin de siecle House of Parliament. Beneath...

From Revolution to the Rule of Law: Constitutionalizing Charisma

Charismatic leaders, from George Washington to Nelson Mandela, have dominated political revolutions in many nations. More important than their charisma itself though, at least once...

Magnanimous Statecraft

“Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom,” Edmund Burke observed. At the turn of the twentieth century, both France and Germany were wooing...