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Nichols: Nicaragua has always been a hot spot for US

Beginning in 1808, former Spanish colonies in Central and South America declared their independence because they could not be loyal to Napoleon's brother whom he had installed in place of the Spanish king Ferdinand VII.

March 15, 2010 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Nichols: A welcome winter's break in an island paradise

Without a doubt, Jan. 8 was the coldest, nastiest day of the year, maybe the worst day of the entire year.

March 01, 2010 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Nichols: A welcome winter’s break in an island paradise

Without a doubt, Jan. 8 was the coldest, nastiest day of the year, maybe the worst day of the entire year.

March 01, 2010 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Nichols: Intelligence is key to stopping terrorist attacks

On Feb. 2, six top intelligence officials told a Congressional committee that they believed that the United States would be attacked by terrorists "for certain" within the next three to six months. The intelligence leaders were unanimous. They all agreed on the certainty of that attack.

February 15, 2010 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Nichols: World must respond to help Haiti rebuild

Bangladesh may be the poorest country in Asia. There can be no doubt that the poorest country in the Americas is Haiti.

February 01, 2010 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Nichols: Obama’s global problems echo early US history

When the Declaration of Independence was written, America became the first modern state to be governed by representatives of the people without any sovereign king above us. All other countries then had kings or emperors or military leaders. We were the only kingless republic, and most states thought we would collapse without a king.

January 18, 2010 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Nichols: Marking another year of joys, setbacks

Looking back at the past year, I see that some good and some not so good events took place in my life.

January 04, 2010 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Nichols: The joy of music fills Christmas season

When I entered middle school, which we called junior high school, I asked my parents if I could begin taking music lessons so I could join the marching band that played at all our football games and parades. They said yes, and retrieved two dusty coated saxophones, one an alto in B flat, the other a C melody. My parents had played in a church band before I was born.

December 24, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Nichols: Capital cities at the hub of a nation’s identity

Capital cities serve as the central hub of the government of a country.

December 21, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Nichols: Costa Rica has much to teach the world

When I first visited Costa Rica more than two decades ago, I did not imagine that I would make a second visit to that beautiful country in early November 2009.

November 30, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Nichols: Is war in Afghanistan a repeat of Vietnam?

Perhaps the most important decision in the first year of Barack Obama's presidency is his answer to the request of his main commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, for some 30,000 to 40,000 more troops to be added to the 68,000 troops already approved.

November 16, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Nichols: Tales of more travels, from Israel to Machu Picchu

As a teacher of international politics, I had to go overseas and see for myself how foreign governments worked, how culture and economics produced competition that was sometimes good, sometimes bad.

November 02, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Nichols: Going home is a reminder of life's travels

Life is full of surprises.

October 19, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Nichols: Lying, shoes and politics historically go together

Although I deeply cherish the American freedom of speech as found in our unique Constitution, I worry about the lack of civility that has become widespread recently throughout the country.

October 05, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Nichols: Obama’s ‘fireside chats’ could be teaching moments

As a preteen in the 1930s, my first contact with politics came when I joined my family in front of the Philco radio in our living room to listen to President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "fireside chats." Most Americans did the same thing.

September 21, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


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