By Susan L. Carruthers
On January 16, 2017, the New York Times printed an arresting image of US Marines arriving in Norway, the first foreign troops to be deployed on Norwegian soil since 1945. The accompanying text focused on Norwegians’ anxieties about what this deployment, announced as an opportunity for the Marines to “hone their abilities to fight in tough winter conditions,” might portend in geopolitical terms. Like any display of “alertness,” this show of preparedness risks aggravating tensions rather than alleviating them.
Robert H. Berlin is the executive director of the Society for Military History. He lives in Prescott, Arizona, and has been a member since 1968 (with interruption).
By Jennifer Mittelstadt
August 22, 2016, will mark the 20th anniversary of Bill Clinton’s signing of the 1996 welfare reform act, the law that “ended welfare as we knew it.” The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) marked a historic break from the federal government’s commitment to aid poor women and children. It imposed strict employment requirements on recipients of public funds and limited lifetime eligibility for support to no more than five years. As historical retrospectives and evaluations emerge, few recognize the extraordinary impact of the welfare reform agenda beyond the low-income single mothers it targeted.
The Vietnam War Memorial, the first national memorial to commemorate veterans, was dedicated on the National Mall in 1982.
By Sarah Fenton
Last week saw President Obama deliver the last State of the Union of his presidency, and within its first two minutes he confronted a fear weighing heavily on the minds of voters.
By Sarah Fenton
A plenary is a meeting “attended by all participants at a conference or assembly.” The plenary at the 2016 AHA annual meeting was something more, and it gave the room a feeling different from plenaries in years past.
By Tanya Roth
On December 3, 2015, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced the removal of the last official gender barrier in the US military.
By Leila Fawaz
Watching the ongoing refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe, I cannot but recall the suffering of Middle Eastern people at another time of great upheaval: during the First World War and following its settlement.