Clinton’s Grand Strategy Lauded as ‘Excellent’

My first book, Clinton’s Grand Strategy, has been reviewed by the internationally recognised Journal of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) by the acclaimed academic, Professor John Dumbrell. The book, which addresses the development and implementation of US grand strategy in the immediate post-Cold War era, was lauded as being ‘excellent,’ and was praised for its ‘extensive interviews with former members of the Clinton administration.’

The review notes that, ‘Following Boys’ lead, we might indeed argue that contemporary debates within US foreign policy can usefully be studied through the lens of the Clinton years.’ This is, indeed, the focus of my continuing work and will be adopted in my forthcoming publication, Clinton’s War on Terror to be released by Lynne Rienner in 2018.

Clinton’s Grand Strategy may be purchased from Amazon.co.uk as well as from Amazon.com

 

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Forthcoming Events

I am delighted to announce that I have been invited to participate in a series of exciting ventures in the coming weeks and months, focused on my recent publication, Hillary Rising (Biteback, 2016) and the US presidential election.

On July 24 I will be speaking at the Lewes Speakers Festival

In October I will be addressing the Isle of White Literary Festival.

 

Hillary Rising revised cover

 

New Research Published

As some of you know, along with my continuing research into the Clinton administration, I have been working on a project to compare and contrast the Nixon and Obama administrations and their use of wars of choice.

I am delighted that the second paper in this series has now been published and invite you to read it, along with the first paper and my other academic pieces HERE

I hope you find the work to be both interesting and challenging and welcome your thoughts.

 

Hillary Rising

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I am delighted to announce that my second book will be published on January 7, 2016 by Biteback. Titled, Hillary Rising, the book will be a timely examination of Hillary Rodham Clinton and her rise to her current position as presumptive nominee for the Democratic Party in the presidential election of 2016.

On 12th April 2015, Hillary Clinton announced that she would run for President in 2016, casting herself as the ‘champion of everyday Americans’. After three decades of public life and intense media scrutiny, what drives this most intriguing and polarising of political figures? What kind of president will she make?

My new political biography will be a clear-sighted, non-partisan analysis of Hillary Clinton’s rise to power, tracing her path from Republican adolescent to First Lady, Senator, Secretary of State and Presidential candidate to uncover her core principles and her political ideology.

As the only book on Hillary’s life and career by an expert on Bill Clinton’s presidency, it draws on original interviews with close associates of both Clintons and on a wealth of recently declassified materials from the Clinton archive to reveal the continuities and differences between Hillary and Bill, and whether it is realistic to talk of a ‘Clinton dynasty’.

Hillary Rising can be pre-ordered NOW from Amazon HERE

 

 

Clinton’s War on Terror

Right, it’s been a turbulent few months (if not a whole year, frankly), with many highs and some awful lows, but hopefully things are back on track here at JDB HQ.

The sun is shining, the birds are in the trees and the sky is blue. I’m delighted to announce that my latest academic article, ‘The Presidential Manipulation of Inherited Wars of Choice: Barack Obama’s Use of Nixonian Methods as Commander in Chief,’ will finally be published in the October edition (42/3) of Congress and the Presidency.

Even more importantly, I have signed a book contract that will continue my research into the Clinton administration. Building upon the recent success of Clinton’s Grand Strategy, I will be developing Clinton’s War on Terror for Lynne Rienner Publications, with an anticipated publication date of 2018.

I will be bringing more details of these and other projects to this web site as soon as they develop in the coming weeks and months, so stay tuned!

The Tweet That Will Be Heard Around The World

Later today, the worst kept secret in US politics will be unveiled: Hillary Rodham Clinton, former First Lady, former Senator, former Secretary of State, will once more seek the Democratic Party’s nomination to be President of the United States.

She has been here before, of course. In 2007 she was most peoples’ expected nominee and therefore, choice to be president. Who had ever heard of this upstart from Chicago? Barack who? Never heard of him….

Some 7 years later and things are looking interesting once more for the former Goldwater Girl. She stands at a tantalizing place in her own life and in the history of her country. Unlike 7 years ago, this is undeniably her last roll of the dice. At 67, and now a grandmother, there are no more roles to play, no more election cycles to wait out in the hope of another crack at the golden ring. This is it, which is why when I have been asked repeatedly over the last 4 years, ‘Will Hillary run?’ my response has been: ‘She is already running, and why wouldn’t she? She has no where else to go, and no time to waste.’

Hillary’s opportunity in 2015 is to present the 2016 election as an opportunity to do for gender politics what Obama did for racial politics in 2008. She must make this about an opportunity to elect the first women president, not the third Bush president. In doing so, it will be fascinating to see how Hillary presents herself to the electorate. In previous campaigns she has sought to outdo her male colleagues in terms of appearance and posture: All pantsuits and policy. There are signs this may be changing. Her appearance has altered in recent weeks, and her family are currently gracing the covers of Elle and Town and Country. This is no coincidence. If Hillary campaigns as a woman, not as a politician, it will be fascinating to see if this makes her more accessible to the electorate, which was always her biggest challenge. She has the brains, but her husband has all the charm. She needs to channel as much of this as possible over the next 18 months.

Hillary’s challenge will be to overcome the mistakes of her last campaign. She was caught flat-footed by Obama’s early candidacy and by his reputation for generating a fortune from grassroots supporters (notwithstanding the far larger fortune he quietly secured from corporate America). She is clearly seeking to get out the traps early and hit the ground running in Iowa, where she will file her papers shortly. However, she must not rely upon last cycle’s technology to win next year’s election. The suggestion that she will announce her candidacy on-line, in a tweet and perhaps a video plays into the hands of those who portray her as aloof, removed from the electorate and far too much of a presumptive nominee. Retail politics is king in the primaries. If she is perceived as being the electronic candidate she will struggle and provide an opportunity for a home-grown, done-to-earth, flesh and blood candidate to emerge and inflict grave damage on her campaign. A little like happened in 1992 with a smooth, charming, ah-shucks governor from Arkansas. Who’d have thought it?

Indeed the contrast with her husband’s run in 1992 is striking. As I detail in Clinton’s Grand Strategy, Bill Clinton didn’t announce his campaign until October 1991, only a matter of months before the first votes were cast in Iowa and New Hampshire. Now, his wife is announcing her candidacy in the sun and the spring of 2015, 10 months before the polls open in the snow and ice of Iowa and New Hampshire.

Hillary’s announcement, the Tweet that Will be Heard Around The World, is her last, best shot at securing a real place in history in her own right. Not as her husbands’ wife, not as a junior senator from New York, not as Obama’s Secretary of State, but as the first Woman President of the United States. That must surely be her place in the lexicon of American politics and the journey to that auspicious place in history begins anew today….