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House of Cards

Looking for a new show to watch? Netflix’s new original series, House of Cards, is actually based on a book with the same name by Fletcher alum Michael Dobbs, F72, F77. Dobbs published House of Cards┬áin 1989, as the first of a trilogy and in the early 90’s all three novels were turned into a BBC miniseries.

Dobbs attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and graduated with an M.A., M.A.L.D, and PhD in nuclear defense studies. A native of England, he returned there after graduation and became involved in government as a member of the Conservative Party. He later became a a full-time writer.

Check out the trailer for the American adapted House of Cards:

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Tufts Voices on the Egyptian Military

Egyptian liberal human rights activist Dalia Ziada is currently a graduate student at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Ziada, a native of Cairo, has a special interest in women’s issues and authors a blog. In a recent entry on the current protests in Egypt, Zaida writes:

The Military here in Egypt is much respected and trusted than any other authority in the state. I would claim that they played a very important role in making our revolution succeed by simply not using violence. They have never shot any one or harass any protester in any way and under any condition. On the contrary, they have helped save the lives of the protesters against the thugs hired by Mubarak. They refused to comply with Mubarak’s orders to kill protesters. Even before the revolution, whenever they were need to play a civil role, they always do it perfectly with showing high respect to the people.

Tufts graduate Laila Selim (A’10), who was born in Egypt and plans to return there shortly to start a business, was recently interviewed by New England Cable Newsabout the Egyptian military. Like Zaida, she is confident in the military’s ability to do right by the Egyptian people.

Here are previous Jumble posts on the revolution in Egypt:

The Spark of Revolt

Egypt and the Impact of Photojournalism

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Henrikson on U.S.-Europe Relations

This semester, Fletcher School Professor Alan Henrikson is Fulbright Chair in US-EU Relations at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. In this video interview at the U.S. Embassy in Brussels, Henriskon gives his views on the current US-European relationship.

Read coverage of Henrikson speaking on “The American Foreign Policy Apparatus” at the European Parliament in Brussels on Sept. 17 in a panel titled “Washington 101: A Crash Course on the US Government for the EP.”

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