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July 19, 2012

Transnational Crime
The Google Ideas Summit: Some Reflections

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) partnered with Google Ideas and the Tribeca Film Festival to convene a major summit on “Illicit Networks: Forces in Opposition” (INFO) in Los Angeles, Californi…


August 14, 2012

Climate Change
Man-Made Cities and Natural Disasters: The Growing Threat

The world is experiencing the most abrupt shift in human settlements in history. After decades of rural to urban migration, half of all humanity now lives in cities. By 2050, that figure will surge t…

Residents use an improvised raft, made of styrofoam, to cross floodwaters at Dampalit town in Malabon city

February 21, 2012

Politics and Government
Lessons Learned: Japanese-American Internment During WWII

A new installment of “Lessons Learned” is now out. This week I discuss the signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on February 19, 1942—which set in motion the internme…

September 11, 2012

United States
TWE Remembers: FDR’s “Shoot-on-Sight” Fireside Chat

When most Americans think of World War II, the story starts on December 7, 1941, with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. But in fact the United States had been edging toward war with Germany for several mo…

FDR fireside chat

October 18, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Brahimi’s Cease-Fire, Libyan Fighting, Egyptian Constitution Struggles, and More Iran Sanctions

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. Iran and Turkey today endorsed UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi’s call for a cease-fire during the Eid al-Adha holiday that begins October 26. Brahimi…

UN-Arab League peace envoying a news conferenc for Syria Brahimi speaks dure in Beirut on October 17, 2012 (Shaaban/Courtesy Reuters).

September 21, 2012

Defense and Security
Who Were the Most and Least Successful Foreign Policy Presidents?

As a teaser for next month’s presidential debates, CNN.com’s Global Public Square asked a group of “historians and commentators” to offer their judgments on which presidents enjoyed the most success …

A video tribute at the Republican National Convention in Tampa honors former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. (Mike Segar/ courtesy Reuters)

November 26, 2012

United States
Back to The Future? Ikenberry and Deudney’s Democratic Internationalism

Two prominent political scientists, G. John Ikenberry of Princeton and Daniel Deudney of Johns Hopkins, have a new paper out guaranteed to give realists—and conservatives generally—fits. Democratic I…

roosevelt_image_democratic internationalism

January 18, 2013

Politics and Government
The Best (and Worst) Inaugural Addresses

On Monday Barack Obama gets to do what only sixteen presidents have done—give a second inaugural address. His first inaugural address was, like most inaugural addresses, unremarkable. Perhaps the pro…

A convoy of vehicles stages a parade rehearsal for Monday's inauguration ceremonies to mark the start of President Barack Obama's second term (Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters).

February 15, 2013

TWE Celebrates Presidents’ Day

Monday is 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. Enjoy the three-day w…

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 30, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Great Green Wall of Africa

This is a guest post by Kyle Benjamin Schneps; a dual master’s degree candidate at Columbia University specializing in international security policy and global health initiatives. He is currently com…

A dried up river filled with sand winds its way across the desert near Gos Beida in eastern Chad June 5, 2008.