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December 14, 2017

South Africa
South-Africa-Zuma-Court-Prosecutor-Law In a Display of Judicial Independence, South African Court Denies Zuma, Again

The High Court ruled in early December against President Jacob Zuma on the eve of the ANC national conference in what is likely to be a blow to his chosen successor, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

December 14, 2017

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Abbas and Jerusalem

The reaction to President Trump's decision on Jerusalem has varied widely in the Arab world. For example, the Saudi reaction has been moderate. It is well described by Rob Satloff in a report on his …

August 29, 2017

United States
A Louisville, Kentucky, monument to a Confederate officer vandalized in August. Why Battles Over Memory Rage On

Protests over the removal of Confederate monuments show that the U.S. Civil War’s emancipatory purpose remains contested a century and a half later.

February 20, 2017

Elections and Voting
The Presidential Seal in the White House in Washington TWE Celebrates Presidents’ Day

Today is Presidents’ Day. It is a TWE tradition to recognize the forty-four men—and they have all been men—who have been president on Presidents’ Day with the following essay. If you are lucky enough…

February 22, 2006

Iran
Brumberg: U.S. Should Avoid ’Shooting Ourselves in Foot’ Trying to Isolate Hamas

Daniel Brumberg, an expert on democratic movements in the Middle East at Georgetown University, says Hamas’s victory in the recent parliamentary elections in the Palestinian Authority underscores the…

November 10, 2003

Middle East and North Africa
Mideast Expert Brumberg: Bush Mistakes Arab ’Autocracies’ for Soviet ’Totalitarianism’

Daniel Brumberg, an associate professor at Georgetown University and a specialist on democracy in the Middle East, says that President Bush’s speech on the importance of democratizing the Arab …

January 17, 2017

Elections and Voting
President-elect Trump's view from his podium is seen during a dress rehearsal on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington Remembering the Best (and Worst) Inaugural Addresses

In three days, Donald J. Trump gets to do what only thirty-eight other Americans have ever done: deliver an inaugural address. He can expect a large audience for his remarks. Nearly 38 million Americ…

November 4, 2016

Human Rights
The Parallel Thinking of Two Great Men on Nationalism

In 1935, the great Jewish leader, Zionist, and nationalist Vladimir Jabotinsky wrote in a letter to David Ben Gurion about the paramount need to establish a Jewish state:   I can vouch for ther…

August 22, 2016

Colombia
Credible Commitment and the Colombian Peace Plebiscite - LAM Credible Commitment and the Colombian Peace Plebiscite

The Colombian peace process began in 2012, and by June 2016, appeared to have reached preliminary agreement on a deal that would result in the cessation of hostilities, ending a war that has killed m…

December 22, 2011

United States
spot-resolutions-photo TWE Remembers: Abraham Lincoln and the “Spot Resolutions”

Last week the United States formally ended the war in Iraq. The war began with great patriotic fervor. It ended with two in three Americans saying that it had not been “worth the loss of American liv…