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PostA Veteran WAISer Returns! Timothy C. Brown (Timothy Brown, USA, 11/21/14 1:32 am)
JE: Yesterday I received wonderful news: our veteran colleague Tim Brown has re-joined the WAIS Forum, after a sabbatical of several years. Tim sends this update:
Thanks for the gracious re-welcome. With my new book finally out, I would very much enjoy having the opportunity to see what is being said on WAIS and, perhaps, even commenting from time to time.
As for my more recent activities, the most obvious has been to grow older. I've done a bit of conference speaking. Four of these were especially interesting. One was based on my article in the December 2010 issue of the Journal of International Intelligence and Counterintelligence (IJIC) on "Identity Wars" in The Hague. A second was a lecture on the strategic importance of "SLOCs and Locks" at the Institute for World Politics in Washington (IWP). A third in The Hague was also based on that article. And a fourth at the Joint Forces Special Operations College (JFSOC) in Florida was on the organization and management of an insurgency. I was also keynote speaker at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City at a conference (dedicated to Cuauhtémoc Cardenas, the former Mayor of Mexico City and a two-time presidential candidate, who wrote the foreword on my earlier book, When the AK-47s Fall Silent--Revolutionaries, Guerrillas and the Dangers of Peace, Hoover 2000).
Most of my last several years have been dedicated to writing a selective memoir that morphed into a trilogy. The first volume, Diplomarine--Terrorism, Turf Wars, Cocktail Parties and Other Painful Joys--My First Thirty Years of Foreign Affairs, was just published and is now available on Amazon. The hardest part of writing it was making it lively, very personal and hopefully a fun read, a style I'd not written in before, making it very different from my earlier academic and research books and articles. I also had to hold it up pending the declassification of hundreds of documents, including several I wrote, that support my narrative. One, threatening to designate the Mexican national petroleum company, PEMEX, as a foreign agent under the Trading with the Enemy Act, the legal basis for the Cuban Embargo (you've probably heard of that), is already stirring up some interest.
I've also published a website that includes Previews and Reviews of Diplomarine and my earlier books, plus some of my other writings at www.diplomarine.net
The "Good Lord willing and the creek of age don't rise to high," the next volume, tentatively titled SECRET/EXDIS/CONTRA, will be a first-person narration based on my four years as the Senior Liaison officer in Central America to the Nicaraguan Contras. I've already done the research, obtained the once classified documents and written most of the text for it, as I also have for the third, tentatively titled We Were Enemies Once, and Young--How to Organize an Insurgency, is based on how senior organizers of both Marxist and non-Marxist insurgencies described their methods to me when I recorded their oral histories.
JE comments: Tim Brown, as you see, has been very busy, but first things first: here's the link to pick up your own copy of Diplomarine. That's exactly what I'll be doing today:
I've missed Tim's outspokenness and his vast expertise on Latin America. For starters, Tim, I'd love to hear about your meeting with Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, as well as your perspectives on PEMEX. Perhaps the latter can be found at your Diplomarine website.
Just eleven days ago we observed the birthday of the US Marine Corps. And now we welcome back a celebrated veteran of the Corps. Once a Marine always a Marine--and once a WAISer always a WAISer. This is a great homecoming.
Welcome Back to Tim Brown
(Francisco Wong-Diaz, USA
11/21/14 12:53 PM)
I too would like to welcome Tim Brown back to WAIS.
We met long ago through our common friend Bill Ratliff. In those days, Tim and Bill were close friends and worked together for many years. I am certain that losing Bill must have been a special great personal loss to Tim.
JE comments: Like many WAISers, I am still reeling from Bill Ratliff's sudden passing. I hope Tim Brown can send a tribute to our much-missed President Emeritus.