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March 2, 2015

Vietnam
The Best Histories of the Vietnam War

Next Sunday marks the fiftieth anniversary of the arrival of the first American combat troops in Vietnam. It wasn’t a decision that President Lyndon Johnson had planned on making. True, the previous …

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November 5, 2014

United States
Tensions and Stalemate in Israel

Interviewee: Robert M. Danin, Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies Interviewer: Bernard Gwertzman, Consulting Editor November 5, 2014 An unusually public rift between…

January 24, 2014

The World Next Week: Previewing Obama’s State of the Union Address

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed President Obama’s upcoming State of the Union address. [audio: http://www.cfr.org/content/publications/media/editorial/2014/20140123_TW…

U.S. president Barack Obama delivers his 2013 State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters)

November 4, 2013

Turkey
Turkey: Hello, I Must Be Going

I first arrived in Turkey on a chilly, gray afternoon in early October 1992.  I had been living in Jerusalem studying Arabic and Hebrew—this was during my Arab-Israeli conflict stage—when the guy wit…

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September 20, 2013

Defense and Security
You Might Have Missed: Benghazi, Syria, and China’s Aid

Art Swift, “For First Time, American’s Views of Russia Turn Negative,” Gallup, September 18, 2013. (3PA: More Americans, 74%, have an unfavorable view of Congress: http://bit.ly/18dXgS1.) Adm…

Attack on U.S. Consulate in Benghazi

February 11, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Where is Zimbabwe’s Diamond Revenue?

Zimbabwe’s public account is down to its last $217. The finance minister says the country’s finances “are in paralysis.” How can that be? Zimbabwe’s diamond fields at Marange could hold between two a…

Zimbabwe's civil servants sing and dance during their march to the Finance Minister's office and the Parliament for their salary raise in Harare, July 24, 2012.

March 19, 2013

United States
President Obama Meets the New Israeli Government

President Obama heads off to the Middle East just days after the new Israeli government’s formation. I was interviewed today by CFR.org on what the makeup of Israel’s new government will mean for the…

August 3, 2012

Israel
Weekend Reading: Moroccan Exceptionalism?, Higher Ed in the West Bank, and Revolutionary Environments

Samia Errazzouki examines dissent in Morocco in the context of regional turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa. Bernard Avishai questions the legitimacy of the University of Judea and Samaria. …

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November 2, 2012

Defense and Security
What Foreign Policy Challenges Will the Next President Face?

Former New York Times correspondent and current CFR.org consulting editor Bernard Gwertzman interviewed me the other day about the foreign policy challenges awaiting whoever wins next Tuesday’s elect…

A U.S. Army soldier high-fives with an Afghan boy during a patrol in eastern Afghanistan (Umit Bektas/ Courtesy Reuters).

December 28, 2012

Politics and Government
World Outlook in 2013

CFR.org just posted a conversation I had with Bernard Gwertzman about the world outlook in 2013. We discussed three sets of issues: turmoil in the greater Middle East (Egypt, Iran, Syria, and Afghani…

Nigerian River state governor Amechi stands with security officials to assess a burnt commercial bus (Akintunde Akinleye/Courtesy Reuters).