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December 1, 2014

Ten Historical Anniversaries of Note in 2015

Anniversaries are how we mark the passage time of time, celebrate our triumphs, and honor our losses. Two thousand and fourteen witnessed several significant historical anniversaries: the centennial …


May 19, 2013

Military Operations
The AUMF and America’s Forever War

See below for the most important and alarming sections from Thursday’s Senate Armed Services Hearing with senior civilian and military officials on the Pentagon’s interpretation of legal authorities …

August 24, 2015

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2016: Jim Gilmore, GOP Presidential Candidate

The state of Virginia fashions itself as the “Birthplace of Presidents.” Eight American presidents, and four of the first five, were born in Virginia. But the Commonwealth has been suffering a dry sp…

Former Governor Jim Gilmore of Virginia speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

April 19, 2012

Defense and Security
TWE Remembers: General Douglas MacArthur’s Speech to Congress

Americans love generals. We have elected twelve of them president. But for a president, generals can be an enormous pain—and a political threat. James K. Polk worried (rightly) that Winfield Scott wa…

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November 12, 2010

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: Obama in Asia

Above the Fold: The big news of the week has been President Obama’s Asia trip.  The coverage at home has generally been positive.  Walter Russell Mead reviews the India leg of the trip and applauds…

Friday File: Obama in Asia

June 24, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Afghanistan and Argument by Epithet

President Barack Obama speaks to soldiers from the tenth Mountain Division during his visit to Fort Drum in New York on June 23, 2011. Above the Fold. The reactions this week by proponents of the Af…

President Barack Obama speaks to soldiers from the U.S. 10th Mountain Division during his visit to Fort Drum in New York on June 23, 2011.

October 23, 2015

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2016 Weekly Foreign Policy Roundup: 9/11, Afghanistan, and Benghazi

Campaign 2016 didn’t generate a lot of foreign policy news this week. To the extent it did, the candidates were rehashing the past rather than laying out what they would do in the future. Most of the…


August 26, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Checking in on Iraq

Policemen gather at the site of a bomb attack in Najaf on August 15, 2011. (Ali Abu Shish/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. While the blogosphere is now debating whether Libya marks a new era in U.S…

Policemen gather at the site of a bomb attack in Najaf, 160 km (100 miles) south of Baghdad August 15, 2011. At least three people were killed and 19 more wounded when two car bombs exploded, authorities said. Police captain Hadi al-Najafi in Najaf said the bombs targeted a police building. Suicide attackers and car bombs struck cities across Iraq on Monday, killing at least 50 people and wounding scores more in a rash of apparently coordinated assaults carried out by affiliates of al Qaeda, authorities said. REUTERS/Ali Abu Shish

March 15, 2013

Defense and Security
You Might Have Missed: Drones, Cybersecurity, and Iraq

Christopher P. Cavas, “Stennis’ Long Haul,” Navy Times, March 18, 2013. REAR ADM. MIKE SHOEMAKER: We pay very close attention to Iran. In the gulf it is almost a daily interaction with the Iranian f…


May 25, 2012

United States
TWE Celebrates Memorial Day

Monday marks Memorial Day here in the United States. Cities and towns across the country will hold parades and ceremonies to honor the men and women who served and died in the U.S. armed forces. If y…

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