The Duck of Minerva

The Duck Quacks at Twilight

The standard foreign office response in a time of crisis…

February 3, 2011

Snow day again — I watched Al Jazeera, read up on the current US debates about whether or not (and how) to support the democratic revolution in Egypt, and then turned to watch one of my favorite episodes of Yes Minister, “A Victory for Democracy.”

Classic and informative — on so many levels. The real fun starts at the 4:00 minute mark and runs for the duration:

You can watch the whole episode — parts 1 and 3 here and here. It’s a great break.

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Jon Western has spent the last fifteen years teaching IR in liberal arts colleges at Mount Holyoke College and the Five Colleges in western Massachusetts. He has an eclectic range of intellectual interests but often writes on international security, U.S. foreign policy, military intervention, and human rights. He occasionally shares his thoughts about professional life in liberal arts colleges. In his spare time he coaches middle school soccer, mentors the local high school robotics team, skis, and sails.