Washington, D.C. is a rather modest capital for the most powerful government in the world. Why is that?
Benjamin Brown is a third-year Government and History major pursuing a certificate in UT's Elements of Computing program. Hailing from the modest beach-side community of Port Aransas, Texas, he has long been enamored with international affairs, American culture, and sociopolitical history. Much of his writing is motivated by a desire to frame issues in a historical or philosophical context.
Despite the tendency of Americans to gloss over World War I, it is honored by nearly ten thousand memorials spanning the United States. How did the “Great War” become so forgotten in the American imagination?
As an extension of his article “The Islamist Revolution: A Farce in Farsi,” Benjamin Brown asks Michael Hillmann, a professor of Persian literature at UT, to detail some of his experiences in Iran.
From the mythic princes of Persia to the rogue, anti-American gesturing of the Islamist regime, Iran has long been distant, mysterious, and inaccessible to Americans. Benjamin Brown contextualizes the Islamist Revolution and constructs a portrait of Iran that differs from its belligerent presentation in Western media.
Benjamin Brown discusses Russia’s apparent transition from the far-left to the far-right.