Inspirational Quotes from Stephen Kinzer

By | July 29, 2016

Turks have long admired the sultan, Mehmet II, for his military triumphs, especially his capture of Constantinople, now known as Istanbul, in 1453.

Stephen Kinzer

Alliances and partnerships produce stability when they reflect realities and interests.

Stephen Kinzer

New media and mobile entertainment are revolutionizing the way people learn about the world.

Stephen Kinzer

By the late 1970s, repression and economic chaos were causing increasing unrest throughout Latin America. Army strongmen were forced to cede power in Peru, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and the Dominican Republic.

Stephen Kinzer

Most Pakistani politics is conducted within a narrow spectrum. Politicians spend much time debating the best ways to fight India, or take Kashmir, or dominate Afghanistan, or punish the United States for its real and imagined sins.

Stephen Kinzer

Rwanda has emerged from the devastation of genocide and become more secure and prosperous than anyone had a right to expect.

Stephen Kinzer

The fundamentals of what journalism is about don’t necessarily change. What will change is the delivery of news.

Stephen Kinzer

Because Iranians have had to fight so long and painfully for political freedom, they have a deep appreciation for its value – perhaps deeper than many in the West who take their electoral rights for granted.

Stephen Kinzer

The United States is now harbouring Luis Posada Carriles. His continued freedom mocks victims of terrorism everywhere. It also shows how heavily the ‘war on terror’ is overlaid with politics and hypocrisy.

Stephen Kinzer

Sultan Mehmet had good relations with the Medici family and other powerful Italian clans, especially in Venice and Florence, and at his request, they sent him artists and craftsmen by the dozen.

Stephen Kinzer

Sultan Mehmet had good relations with the Medici family and other powerful Italian clans, especially in Venice and Florence, and at his request, they sent him artists and craftsmen by the dozen.

Stephen Kinzer

During the Cold War, America took sides not only in disputes between Arab countries, but also in debates within them.

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It is never wise to discourage youthful idealism.

Stephen Kinzer

Guatemala’s ornate presidential palace, once a terrifying fortress whose every corridor was patrolled by heavily armed soldiers in berets and camouflage uniforms, is now a normal public building where ordinary citizens enter without fear.

Stephen Kinzer

In some countries that are darlings of the West, like Egypt, everyone knows the result of national elections years in advance: The man in power always wins. In others, like Saudi Arabia, the very idea of an election is unthinkable.

Stephen Kinzer

During the 19th century, Britain fought two wars in unsuccessful attempts to subjugate the Afghans. When Britain finally drew a border between India and Afghanistan in 1893, Pashtun tribes in southern Afghanistan were cut off from related tribes across the border in what was then India and is now Pakistan.

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Iran, in its former incarnation as Persia, created the world’s first empire, produced titanic figures like Cyrus, Darius, and Xerxes, and is one of the great fonts of world culture.

Stephen Kinzer

The key to Turkey’s success has been its ability to reinvent itself as times change.

Stephen Kinzer

The Tigris and Euphrates Rivers created the ‘Fertile Crescent’ where some of the first civilizations emerged. Today they are immensely important resources, politically as well as geographically.

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No authoritarian leader cedes power easily or turns it over to bodies he cannot control.

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In the 1980s, the U.S. Army invaded two Caribbean countries, Grenada and Panama, to depose leaders who had defied Washington.

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Emotion is always the enemy of wise statesmanship.

Stephen Kinzer

Eagles rarely fail to catch their prey. They usually kill it quickly by breaking its neck with their powerful claws.

Stephen Kinzer

For decades, Turkey was widely viewed as a reliable NATO ally: prickly at times, but safely in America’s corner.

Stephen Kinzer

Samarkand, with its magnificent mosques, tombs and dazzling ensembles of ceramic tiles, is still one of the world’s most awe-inspiring cities.

Stephen Kinzer

After World War II, the winds of nationalism and anti-colonialism blew through the developing world.

Stephen Kinzer

Human Rights Watch wants Rwandans to be able to speak freely about their ethnic hatreds, and to allow political parties connected with the defeated genocide army to campaign freely for power.

Stephen Kinzer

For decades, Turkey was widely viewed as a reliable NATO ally: prickly at times, but safely in America’s corner.

Stephen Kinzer

Romney is a classic case of re-invention. As governor of Massachusetts, he supported government-sponsored healthcare, was sympathetic to gay rights, and opposed harsh restrictions on abortion. After measuring the difference between the Massachusetts electorate and the national one to which he must now appeal, he has reversed those positions.

Stephen Kinzer

Samarkand, with its magnificent mosques, tombs and dazzling ensembles of ceramic tiles, is still one of the world’s most awe-inspiring cities.

Stephen Kinzer

Human Rights Watch wants Rwandans to be able to speak freely about their ethnic hatreds, and to allow political parties connected with the defeated genocide army to campaign freely for power.

Stephen Kinzer

Turkey can be a bridge to regimes and actions the United States can’t reach. Turkey can talk to people the United States can’t talk to.

Stephen Kinzer

My general view is the delivery of news is changing in dramatic ways, and will continue to change into ways we can’t even predict.

Stephen Kinzer

No one will ever be able to say what the comandantes would have done with their historic opportunity in Nicaragua if they had not been confronted with civil war.

Stephen Kinzer

Many Americans, and many more people around the world, have been outraged by what they see as President George W. Bush’s radical reordering of American foreign policy.

Stephen Kinzer

Not all eagles can be trained, but those who take to life with a master display intense loyalty. Although they are not tethered, they always return after killing their prey.

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Few if any countries understand the growing importance of water as fully as Turkey does.

Stephen Kinzer

More than half of Guatemalans are pureblooded Indians, descendants of the proud Maya-Quiche tribes. In their mist-shrouded villages, the Indians worship the corn god and the rain god, only vaguely concerned with the political entity known as Guatemala.

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Guerrilla leaders win wars by being paranoid and ruthless. Once they take power, they are expected to abandon those qualities and embrace opposite ones: tolerance, compromise and humility. Almost none manages to do so.

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There is very little hope that the United States or anyone else can do much to stabilize Iraq, Libya, Syria or Egypt. Stabilizing Iran, and bringing it back into the family of nations, is much more possible. That would be a ‘win’ for both sides.

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Operation Ajax’ presents history in an entirely new way. It takes a true story and uses cutting-edge technology, never before used in this way, to bring it to spectacular life.

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When Prime Minister Erdogan came to Washington in 2009, he sounded almost like the ambassador from Iran.

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Washington sees the various local and national conflicts in the Middle East as part of a battle for regional hegemony between the U.S. and Iran.

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The United States has dealt with the Middle East and surrounding regions for many decades in the context of the Cold War.

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The long-term strategic goals of Iran and the long-term strategic goals of Turkey are close to the long-term strategic goals of the United States.

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As long as Iran believes that its security will be increased by having a nuclear program, it’s going to pursue its program.

Stephen Kinzer

Allowing a friend to careen toward self destruction is not friendship. That is a habit the United States needs to break as it pursues a richer and more deeply supportive relationship with Israel.

Stephen Kinzer

Israel deserves special treatment from the United States, both for historical reasons and because there can be no regional peace without a secure Israel.

Stephen Kinzer

The long conflict between Israel and Palestine has, for better or worse, become the world’s conflict. It permanently destabilizes the Middle East, blocks the settlement of urgent crises, and intensifies looming threats to the West.

Stephen Kinzer

As the United States shapes and carries out its policies toward Muslim countries, it should do so with Turkey at its side.

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The reason that Americans have not been able to see the great strategic benefit that could accrue from a closer relationship with Iran is emotion.

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Without Ataturk’s vision, without his ambition and energy, without his astonishing boldness in sweeping away traditions accumulated over centuries, today’s Turkey would not exist, and the world would be much poorer.

Stephen Kinzer

Ataturk approved of the mevlevi dervish approach to God as being ‘an expression of Turkish genius’ that reclaimed Islam from what he saw as hide-bound, backward Arab tradition.

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