Passport: The SHAFR Review


Thanks to a partnership between SHAFR and Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), all back issues of Passport (formerly known as the SHAFR Newsletter) are now available electronically.  Issues published since April 2009 are available on this page, while older issues are available through the MTSU Institutional Repository:  This initiative both preserves the history of our organization and field and makes it more widely available. 

Many thanks to those who helped make this possible, especially the staff at the MTSU Walker Library;  David Anderson provided issues that were missing from the SHAFR archive; and Drs. Hasan Karayam and Marquita Reed did all of the scanning while they were graduate students at MTSU. 

Passport: The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Review is edited by Andrew L. Johns of Brigham Young University and the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies.  Passport publishes reviews, historiographical essays, articles on pedagogical issues relating to the teaching of U.S. foreign relations, and research notes, and explores other issues of interest to SHAFR members.  Passport is published by Oxford University Press on behalf of SHAFR in January, April, and September

Unsolicited submissions to Passport are welcome.  All submissions should be sent to the editor via e-mail in either Word or WordPerfect format.  The deadlines for time-sensitive material (e.g. advertisements, announcements) are:  April issue, January 15; September issue, June 1; January issue, October 1.

Please direct inquiries or submissions to:
Andrew Johns, Editor
c/o Andrew Johns
Department of History
Brigham Young University
2161 JFSB
Provo, UT 84602
E-mail [email protected] or [email protected]

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Passport April 2018 cover
In This Issue:

4    Contributors

7    A Roundtable on Melvyn P. Leffler, Safeguarding Democratic Capitalism: U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security, 1920-2015
          Kristin L. Ahlberg, Chester J. Pach, Gretchen Heefner, Kelly Shannon, Campbell Craig, and Melvyn P. Leffler

21    A Roundtable on Jeffrey A. Engel, When the World Seemed New: George H.W. Bush and the End of the Cold War
          Brian C. Etheridge, Thomas A. Schwartz, John Robert Greene, Dustin Walcher, Fritz Bartel, and Jeffrey A. Engel

33    The Battle FDR Lost: The Failed Nomination of Boss Ed Flynn as Minister to Australia
           Michael J. Birkner

40    A Roundtable on Gregg Brazinsky, Winning the Third World: Sino-American Rivalry during the Cold War
          James I. Matray, Meredith Oyen, Jeffrey Crean, Pierre Asselin, Mitchell Lerner, and Gregg Brazinsky

50    Close, but No Cigar!
          Michael Schaller

52    The Shit Quote
         Jeffrey F. Taffet

54    SHAFR Spotlights

63    Book Reviews

Catherine Forslund on John Pomfret, The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the Present (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2016)
Jeffrey A. Engel on Gregory F. Domber, Empowering Revolution: America, Poland and the End of the Cold War (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2014)
Andrew M. Johnston on Tony Smith, Why Wilson Matters: The Origin of American Liberal Internationalism and Its Crisis Today (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2017)
Henry R. Maar, III on Louis Sell, From Washington to Moscow: US-Soviet Relations and the Collapse of the USSR (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2016)

70    Minutes of the January 2018 SHAFR Council Meeting
72    The Diplomatic Pouch
75    Dispatches
76    In Memoriam: Sally Marks
77    The Last Word: Goodbye to All That
            Francis J. Gavin