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James Bruno


Diplomacy and foreign affairs. How government decision-making takes place. Interactions of the White House, State Dept., Pentagon, Congress and CIA in formulating policy. How governments deal with each other. Area expertise includes Afghanistan, Indochina, Europe, Cuba. Served in Guantanamo. Currently a member of the Diplomatic Readiness Reserve and Standby Response Corps.

Experience in the area

23-years as a diplomat with the U.S. State Dept. Previously at the Defense Dept. Prior to joining government, worked as a journalist with major news organizations.


CBS-News, UPI; various newspapers. Published novelist: PERMANENT INTERESTS and CHASM.


M.A. - U.S. Naval War College
M.A. - Columbia Univ.
B.A. - George Washington Univ.

Awards and Honors

Various in government.

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2017-03-22 Blowback from N. Korea attack on US -:

Mark:    No on both counts. Yes, N. Korea policy is indeed complex, but the bottom line is this: a DPRK attack against the U.S. would be met with an overwhelming response, one that would destroy the regime

2016-10-11 International Court:

Eleanor:    It puts Russia on the spot. It focuses world attention on that country's barbarous actions in Syria, resulting in the indiscriminate deaths of hundreds of civilians, which is an act, in international

2016-01-13 How to become "learned" on all political subjects:

Nathan:    There's no secret trick or savantism involved. Being conversant in a wide range of subjects really devolves from being a voracious consumer of information across many fields over a span of years

2015-01-02 Growth in LDC's:

Please see the following excellent, detailed primary source papers on this subject:

2014-12-14 Pakistani Politics:

It is very difficult to predict what will happen in any country's political situation -- but especially Pakistan's. To answer your question in general terms, for a political system to be effective, there


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