Expertise: International relations, political events in the former Soviet Union
Arnold Beichman passed away on February 17, 2010. He was a political scientist, writer, and former journalist. Biechman was a visiting scholar and research fellow at the Hoover Institution since 1982.
Bio as of January 2010:
He is an expert in international relations and American politics. He is currently researching political events in the former Soviet Union as well as developing a biography of former vice president Henry A. Wallace. Beichman is the author of five books: The Other State Department, Herman Wouk: The Novelist as Social Historian, Yuri Andropov: New Challenge to the West (coauthored), Nine Lies about America, with a foreword by Tom Wolfe, and The Long Pretense: Soviet Treaty Diplomacy, 1917–1990, with a foreword by William F. Buckley. Nine Lies about America was republished in 1995 with a new introduction under the title Anti-American Myths: Their Causes and Consequences (Transaction, 1995). His latest book is CNN's Cold War Documentary: Issues and Controversy (Hoover Press, 1999). His updated biography of novelist Herman Wouk was reissued in August 2004.
He is a regular columnist for the Washington Times, and his articles are published in numerous newspapers across the United States and Canada. Beichman has been a member of the editorial advisory board of the Washington Times since 1984.
He also has written for numerous academic journals and popular publications. His articles have appeared in the New York Times Magazine and Book Review, the Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, the London Daily Telegraph, Commentary, Encounter, the Weekly Standard, Humanitas, the National Review, the AFL-CIO News, American Spectator, and the Los Angeles Times. He also has been a guest on many television and radio shows, including the PBS program Firing Line.
In 2001, Beichman's efforts to have the work of President Ronald Reagan and those who contributed to the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, recognized were rewarded when President George W. Bush proclaimed November 9, 2001 World Freedom Day.
A founding member of the Consortium for the Study of Intelligence in Washington, D.C., he is also a former vice president and trustee of the Philadelphia Society.
Before his career as an academician, he was a labor editor, a journalist at the United Nations, and a foreign correspondent. As a reporter, he covered such events as the Algerian rebellion, the uprising in the Belgian Congo, the war in Vietnam, the Nigerian civil war, and the war in Yemen.
Beichman taught at the University of Massachusetts, the University of British Columbia, the University of Calgary, and, as an adjunct professor, Georgetown University.
Beichman received his bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees in political science from Columbia University.