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April 27, 2010

India
India Is at the Top Table. Now What?

Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Jason Reed On Sunday, China and India enlarged their seats at the top table of international relations.  As part of a general increase in capital, rich countries agreed to …

India Is at the Top Table.  Now What?

May 20, 2010

China
Thinking Through Beijing’s Billions

Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Katrina Manson I have a new piece over at Foreign Policy about China’s money—or, more precisely, about how China’s foreign policy ambitions could change the way it deploys …

Thinking Through Beijing’s Billions

April 11, 2011

Politics and Government
Campaign 2012: Hello Mitt Romney, GOP Presidential Candidate

Mitt Romney shakes hands after speaking to an audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference meeting in Washington on February 11, 2011. (Larry Downing/courtesy Reuters) The United States …

Campaign 2012: Hello Mitt Romney, GOP Presidential Candidate

March 31, 2011

Defense and Security
Is Operation Odyssey Dawn Constitutional? Part III

Then President Bill Clinton beside Gen. Hugh Shelton, then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, explaining the U.S. and NATO mission in Kosovo on April 1, 1999. (Win McNamee/courtesy Reuters) Yest…

U.S. President Bill Clinton beside Gen. Hugh Shelton, then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, explaining the U.S. and NATO mission in Kosovo on April 1, 1999. (Win McNamee/courtesy Reuters)

February 21, 2011

TWE Celebrates Presidents’ Day Because It Is the Day of Presidents

President George W. Bush meets with former Presidents and President-elect Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, January 2009. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters) Being president o…

 U.S. President George W. Bush meets with former Presidents and President-elect Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, January 2009.

December 31, 2010

United States
TWE Remembers: George C. Marshall

When I taught “American Foreign Policy” (30:061) at the University of Iowa (Go Hawkeyes!) students would occasionally ask me which American policymaker I most admired.  I never knew whether the quest…

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March 11, 2011

Defense and Security
TWE Remembers: The Lend-Lease Act

Americans like to imagine that in days long past politics stopped at the water’s edge and America spoke with one voice to the world. More often than not, however, our foreign policy debates have been…

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June 3, 2011

Summer Reading: Ikenberry’s Liberal Leviathan

Liberal Leviathan (Princeton University Press, 2011) Given the pervasive hand-wringing about U.S. decline, it’s refreshing to read that the West’s best days may lie ahead. You can find that argumen…

Summer Reading: Ikenberry’s Liberal Leviathan

June 14, 2011

United States
Birthday Wishes to the United States Army!

  Doughboy. GI. Grunt. Dogface. Warrior. Whatever term you prefer, if you see an active duty, former, or retired member of the United States Army today, wish their service Happy Birthday. The …

Army Birthday 2011

July 29, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Friday File: The Debt Debate Won’t End on Tuesday

Traders work on the main trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange on July 29, 2011. U.S. stocks dropped for a fifth straight day after weak economic data and another setback on a debt deal. (Mike…

Traders work on the main trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange on July 29, 2011. U.S. stocks dropped for a fifth straight day on Friday after weak data on the economy and a setback on a debt deal discouraged investors. (Mike Segar/courtesy Reuters)