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June 18, 2019

Iran
The Strait of Hormuz: A U.S.-Iran Maritime Flash Point

The narrow and congested Mideast waterway has become a site of escalating U.S.-Iran tensions. Conflict in the wake of tanker attacks there could jolt global oil supplies.

Iranian sailors pass oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz

June 3, 2019

Mexico
Mexico’s Response to Tariffs Won’t Make Trump Happy

Mexico can’t end the migrant flow by itself. But it can—and likely will—raise tariffs that target swing states.

Slowing the trucks won’t stop the migrants. Photographer: Ariana Drehsler/AFP/Getty Images

May 31, 2019

Immigration and Migration
Why Congress Cannot Allow the Trump Tariffs on Mexico to Stand

If the president succeeds, he will be free to slap tariffs on any country or any product at any time for whatever reason he dreams up.

United States Mexico Border

May 14, 2019

Saudi Arabia
Oil Sabotage Might Seem Like Small Potatoes, But Underlying Geopolitical Problems Are Not

The United States keeps signaling that it has hard power. Most recently, the United States made known that it was deploying additional ships, the USS Abraham Lincoln and USS Arlington, to the Middle …

A damaged Andrea Victory ship is seen off the Port of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, May 13, 2019. 

April 2, 2019

Wars and Conflict
See How Much You Know About the Foreign Policy of the U.S. Civil War

Test your knowledge of the roles foreign countries played in the U.S. civil war, from France to Brazil. 

Civil war quiz

December 22, 2011

United States
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…

spot-resolutions-photo

September 12, 2005

Elections and Voting
Interview with Edward Lincoln on Japan’s parliamentary elections

When Japanese parliament failed to pass a postal-service reform bill on August 8, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi dissolved parliament’s lower house and called for snap elections, held September 11…

February 11, 2019

United States
Campaign 2020: Kamala Harris, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Government prosecutors often have political ambitions. The list of prosecutors who became mayor (think Rudy Guiliani) or governor (think Chris Christie) is long. But the last president to have any ex…

Kamala 2020

November 15, 2018

United States
Presidents and War Powers

PDF Version. A review of Michael Beschloss, “Presidents of War” (Crown Books, 2018).  *** The U.S. Constitution vests the president with “executive power” and provides that “The President sh…

Lectern with presidential seal

June 25, 2018

Russia
Who Was German Klimenko and What Does His Dismissal Mean for the Russian Internet?

Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin sacked his internet adviser, German Klimenko. The dismissal has injected rare optimism into those hoping for a thaw of sorts in the battle for the…

German Klimenko