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 (from 1994 to 2017) Editor-in-Chief of Asian Perspective, an international affairs quarterly. I have published over 20 books on the international politics of East Asia, US foreign policy, and human-security issues. My current book is Will This Be China’s Century? A Skeptic’s View (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2013). Early in 2018 my new book, Engaging Enemies: Peacemaking and Diplomacy in the Human Interest, will be published by Rowman & Littlefield. It 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.