The Water's Edge

James M. Lindsay analyzes the politics shaping U.S. foreign policy and the sustainability of American power.

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Ten Anniversaries to Note in 2022

As two thousand twenty-one comes to a close, here are ten notable historical anniversaries to mark in two thousand twenty-two. Read More

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Thanking America's Veterans
Today we recognize those who have served in the United States’ armed forces.
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Happy 246th Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!
The United States Marine Corps Marks 246 years of service. 
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TWE Remembers: The Trent Affair
A diplomatic crisis between the United States and Great Britain over two captured Confederate envoys nearly sparked war one hundred sixty years ago. 
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    TWE History-Related Blogs and Videos
    A list of all blog posts and videos reflecting on historical events from The Water's Edge
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    Happy 246th Birthday to the US Navy!
    The U.S. Navy marks 246 years of service.
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    The U.S. War in Afghanistan Twenty Years On: Public Opinion Then and Now
    Two decades after the start of Operation Enduring Freedom, Americans view the war very differently.
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    The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 74th Birthday Tomorrow
    The United States Air Force marks seventy-four years of service.
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    Resources About 9/11
    Looking to learn more about 9/11 and its aftermath? Here is a list of all the 9/11 books, documentaries, exhibits, movies, podcasts, and other resources recommended on The Water's Edge.
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    More Resources Worth Exploring About 9/11
    With the twentieth anniversary of 9/11 this past Saturday, we share resources that readers flagged for us or that we otherwise missed about that day and its consequences
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    Seven Reflections Worth Reading About 9/11
    With the twentieth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks on Saturday, we recommend sources for better understanding 9/11 and its aftermath. Today: seven reflections about 9/11.