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Fireworks explode behind a U.S. flag during New York City’s Independence Day celebrations on July 4, 2021. Andrew Kelly/Reuters

Fourth of July Trivia Quiz

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TWE Celebrates Presidents’ Day
TWE’s annual essay about the United States’ commanders-in-chief.
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A Presidents’ Day Quiz
The eleventh annual TWE Presidents' Day quiz. 
2021 in Review
Five Good Foreign Policy News Stories in 2021
As 2021 comes to a close, here are five positive stories on the foreign policy front that happened in the past year. 
  • 2021 in Review
    Ten World Figures Who Died in 2021
    Ten people who passed away this year who shaped world affairs for better or worse.
  • 2021 in Review
    Ten American Foreign Policy Notables Who Died in 2021
    As 2021 comes to a close, here are ten influential U.S. foreign policy figures who passed away this year. 
  • Global
    Five Foreign Policy Stories to Watch in 2022
    As 2021 comes to a close, here are five foreign policy news stories to follow in the coming year.
  • U.S. Department of Defense
    Happy 2nd Birthday to the U.S. Space Force!
    The newest branch of the U.S. military marks its second year of service. 
  • United States
    Ten Most Significant World Events in 2021
    As 2021 comes to a close, here are the top ten most notable world events of the past year.
  • Elections and Voting
    Ten Elections to Watch in 2022
    Numerous countries will hold elections in 2022. Here are ten to watch. 
  • United States
    Ten Anniversaries to Note in 2022
    As 2021 comes to a close, here are ten notable historical anniversaries to mark in 2022.