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A Foreign Policy Meets Art Link Drop

Every now and then, we like to drop a collection of thematically similar links from around the web. Enjoy this collection of links highlighting the unique intersection of art and foreign policy.

Relating to our post on violence and context, we have this video from the Onion News Network. One of the commentators says, “But, you have to remember what it was like after 9/11.” Exactly, 9/11 does not justify minotaur attacks. (This last sentence makes sense if you watch the video.)

Connected to Wednesday's post on PowerPoint, we have some good examples and bad examples of PowerPoint in action. This TED lecture by Steven Pinker showcases the documentary approach to PowerPoint presentation, and relates to the discussion in Monday's comments section. This bad one speaks for itself.

For something a bit different, we recommend Daniel Drezner's analysis on the upcoming Zombie apocalypse.

Also over at Foreignpolicy.com, there was a debate on the best films about foreign policy. Begun by Stephen M. Walt, continued by Drezner and finished off by the unnecessarily haughty--and often incorrect--Fred Kaplan at Slate, it is a good, if unfocused, discussion about film and foreign policy. The bloggers all fail to answer, though, the question of what constitutes a Foreign Policy film in the first place.

What are our favorite foreign policy films? In no particular order: The Battle For Algiers, Lawrence of Arabia, Dr. Strangelove and Syriana.

Finally, we have a reading list of Foreign Policy novels (though it excludes Left Hand of Darkness and Hyperion unfortunately).

four comments

We could use griffons but we chose not to, that’s what separates us from the terrorists.


“The US cannot be held to its actions because it is a beastly minotaur and no chains can bind it.”


Matt, if we had griffons we would totally use them you know that.


Just watched Steven Pinker’s Myth of Violence. It was fascinating. I’d like to see more though as far as his data. I’m not a fan of statistics due to the variance in sampling sizes and consistency, but he makes a convincing argument.