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February 22, 2011

Guest Post: What the American Public Thinks about Egypt

Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest outside the White House. (Jose Luis Magaua/courtesy Reuters) Politicians, pundits, and bloggers have all been weighing in with their assessments of how P…

Demonstrators shout slogans during protest outside the White House

May 13, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Will We Come to Regret the Raid on Abbottabad?

A policeman walks in front of Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad compound. (Faisal Mahmood/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Actions, even virtuous ones, have consequences. Sometimes those consequenc…

A policeman walks in front of the compound where al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad.

June 24, 2011

United States
Libya: "Justifications" for Intervention

Rebels fighters are reflected on a side mirror at the front line in Ajdabiyah June 22, 2011. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany As anyone who reads this blog probably knows, I have been a critic of the U…

Libya: "Justifications" for Intervention

May 2, 2011

Politics and Government
TWE on Camera: What Does Bin Laden’s Death Mean for Politics Here at Home?

A man carries an American flag while walking to join a crowd gathered at Ground Zero in New York on May 2, 2011 to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden. (Finbarr O'Reilly/courtesy Reuters) CFR…

A man carries an American flag while walking to join a crowd gathered to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden at the construction site at Ground Zero in New York on May 2, 2011.

May 12, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
The World Next Week: Netanyahu’s Diplomatic Tour

President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) in the Oval Office on September 1, 2010. (Jason Reed/courtesy Reuters) The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon …

President Barack Obama meets with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on September 1, 2010.

April 26, 2011

Defense and Security
The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza on Obama’s Foreign Policy

President Barack Obama steps off Marine One at Los Angeles International Airport on April 22, 2011. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters) Ryan Lizza of the New Yorker has written his take on President Obama’…

President Barack Obama steps off Marine One at Los Angeles International Airport on April 22, 2011.

May 20, 2011

United States
Gauging Obama’s Mideast Policy Speech

Obama is seen on a television in the background of a barber shop near Ramallah (Mohamad Torokman/Courtesy Reuters) Below is my reaction to President Obama’s Mideast policy speech. You can also fin…

Obama is seen on a television in the background of a barber shop near Ramallah (Mohamad Torokman/Courtesy Reuters)

May 4, 2011

TWE Mailbag: Walter Cronkite, the Tet Offensive, and Kent State

Walter Cronkite on television during a presidential debate on September 23, 1976. (Thomas J. O'Halloran/courtesy the Library of Congress) Always underpromise and overdeliver. Never overpromise a…

Walter Cronkite on television during a presidential debate on September 23, 1976.

August 12, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Friday File: The GOP Debate Meets Budget Math

Winthrop, Iowa. (Jessica Rinaldi/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Foreign policy took a back seat to Obama bashing and internal GOP sniping in last night’s Republican presidential debate. Rick Sant…

A farm in the town of Winthrop, Iowa. (Jessica Rinaldi/courtesy Reuters)

September 30, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Where Do the GOP Candidates Stand on China’s Rise?

  Above the Fold. China’s rise presents perhaps the most significant challenge to American foreign policy over the next decade. Here’s one concern: China’s growing force of long-range precision mi…

China jets