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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)

September 2, 2011

United States
TWE Remembers: The Destroyers-for-Bases Deal

President Obama caught a lot of flak earlier this year for ordering the U.S. military to carry out airstrikes against Libya without securing congressional authorization, even after the ninety-day clo…

FDR and Churchill

September 21, 2011

International Organizations
As Ye Sow: Obama Harvests the Fruits of UN Engagement

U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the 66th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York. (Eric Thayer/ Courtesy Reuters) This piece was originally posted on CNN.com here…

As Ye Sow: Obama Harvests the Fruits of UN Engagement

October 11, 2011

United States
Welcome to "Middle East Matters"

President Roosevelt meets with King Ibn Saud, Colonel William A. Eddy, and Admiral William Leahy aboard the USS Quincy, February 14, 1945 (U.S. Army Signal Corps/Courtesy Franklin D. Roosevelt Librar…

Welcome to "Middle East Matters"

January 31, 2012

International Organizations
The United Nations Then and Now; and What it Means for Syria

This month marks the seventieth anniversary of the “United Nations.” Not as a formal organization—that would occur in San Francisco in 1945—but as a wartime alliance. After Pearl Harbor, President Fr…

The United Nations Then and Now; and What it Means for Syria

January 20, 2012

Politics and Government
Friday File: Is It Time to Intervene in Syria?

Above the Fold. Anyone who watched last night’s GOP presidential debate from Charleston, South Carolina could be forgiven for concluding that the United States has no pressing problems overseas. Not …

Lebanese and Syrian protesters in northern Lebanon carry banners and burn a picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as they march in solidarity with Syria's anti-government protesters on January 20, 2012. (Omar Ibrahim/courtesy Reuters)

January 20, 2012

Politics and Government
TWE Remembers: The Best (and Worst) Inaugural Addresses

A year from today someone—perhaps Barack Obama, perhaps Mitt Romney, or maybe even Donald Trump—will stand outside the Capitol in Washington, D.C., and deliver an inaugural address ushering in a new …

lindsay_podium

February 13, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Guest Post: A Tale of Two Nigerias

This is a guest post by Jim Sanders, a career, now retired, West Africa watcher for various federal agencies. The views expressed below are his personal views and do not reflect those of his former e…

Africa-NigeriaIMF-20120213

February 20, 2012

TWE Celebrates Presidents’ Day

It is a TWE tradition to recognize the forty-three men—and they have all been men—who have been president on Presidents’ day with the following essay: A few presidents have loved the job. Teddy Roos…

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)

April 27, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: China, Air Power, and Bahrain’s Democracy Deficit

Background Briefing on the U.S. Military Realignment in Japan, April 26, 2012. QUESTION: And then how this [US-Japan security agreement] fits into the emerging strategic view of this building that r…

Woman running Sudan