About this site
This website is dedicated to promoting ideas, policies, and organizations that seek to advance international understanding and the quality of life, especially for the largely impoverished global majority and disempowered citizens everywhere. The blog and accompanying materials seek to speak to the human interest, guided by principles of social justice, environmental stewardship, protection and promotion of human rights, and peace rather than by the interests of governments or corporations. Greed, injustice, and violence are our targets; and diplomacy focused on engagement is the preferred strategy for transcending differences. Einstein once said that “those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act.”We are dedicated to that ideal and sense of responsibility.
I am Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Portland State University (Oregon) and Senior Editor of Asian Perspective, an international affairs quarterly, which from 1994 to 2017 I served as Editor-in-Chief. I have published some 25 books on the international politics of East Asia, US foreign policy, and human-security issues. My current books are Will This Be China’s Century? A Skeptic’s View (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2013) and (forthcoming in February 2018) Engaging Adversaries: Peacemaking and Diplomacy in the Human Interest (Rowman & Littlefield). The new book focuses on strategies of engagement, with case studies of US relations with Iran, Cuba, North Korea, Russia, and China, as well as Israel-Palestine and China-Japan.
I live in Deadwood, a very small community in western Oregon, where I help my wife in the beautiful Heirloom apple orchard and vegetable garden she has created.