Carol Giacomo is a foreign and defense policy writer and a member of the editorial board of The New York Times. Previously, she covered foreign policy and traveled over 1 million miles to more than 100 countries with eight secretaries of states as diplomatic correspondent for ...
The Irish-American Social Club Whose Exploits in Their Homeland Sparked a New Understanding of Citizenship
On October 30, 1867, John Warren, a grocer and newspaper man from Charlestown, Massachusetts, entered the dock at Green Street Courthouse in Dublin, Ireland, to stand trial for treason. The Irish attorney general rose to accuse Warren of leading a wicked international conspiracy to overthrow Queen Victoria’s rule in Ireland.
Warren, described by journalists as “squat” and ...
Why Americans Need to Believe in Bigfoot
The ‘Monster Roaming the Countryside’ Helped Lure Us Back Into Nature
Why are Americans so devoted to Bigfoot?
You can find Bigfoot everywhere. Its image adorns coffee cups, T-shirts, bumper stickers, bottle openers, and other sundries. Bigfoot is the Canadian-American version of the abominable snowman that has been in the public imagination for over 60 years. It is a curious celebrity in that the kind of phenomenon that it represents ...
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What Nineteenth-Century Europeans Can Teach America About Peacekeeping Occupations
Rather Than Rendering a Defeated Post-Napoleonic France Dependent, Victorious Allies Sought to Create Lasting Stability
How do you win the peace?
The recent American military occupations in Afghanistan and Iraq highlight the risks of “winning the war, but losing the peace,” to borrow the subtitle of Ali A. Alawi’s book on Iraq. Failed occupations have tremendous costs in money and lives, while exacerbating political instability in occupied nations.
Those seeking to do occupation right often look to the post-World War II occupations of Germany and Japan. But the challenge of making peace after war was most successfully addressed by ...
Erica Goss Wins Zócalo’s Eighth Annual Poetry Prize
Driving Through The State of Jefferson, a Land of 'Few People and a Few Million Cows'
Every Friday at Zócalo Public Square we publish a new poem. Our daily ideas journalism and free public events aim to connect people and ideas, exploring our shared human condition and the world we’ve made. The Friday poem continues that spirit, and for the last eight years, we’ve awarded a prize to the poem that best evokes a connection to place.
This year, 398 poets submitted a total of 986 poems, transporting us to places both natural—“mist, some trees, two deer”—and unnatural: a freeway interchange with a chopper hovering overhead. Coming from all over the country—Texas, South Carolina, and beyond ...
Why Does California Hate Public Participation?
Real Civic Engagement Requires Both Money and Robust Infrastructure
Why Taxpayers Should Pay for Local News
Neither Wealthy Companies nor Philanthropists Have Communities’ Interests at Heart
Merced, Where California Stores Its Big Plans
Unfinished Dreams for High-Speed Rail and Higher Education Falter Statewide But Find a Home in the Central Valley