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February 15, 2021

United States
TWE Celebrates Presidents’ Day

Today is Presidents’ Day. It is a TWE tradition to recognize the forty-five men—and they have all been men—who have been president on Presidents’ Day with the following essay, which has been revised …

White House

February 4, 2021

Southeast Asia
Myanmar’s Coup Emblematic of Regional Democracy Failures

Myanmar’s coup is a disaster for Myanmar, but it also is a signifier of the continuing regression of democracy region-wide in Southeast Asia. The region, which once had made significant progress towa…

Police stand guard as they wait for protests against coup in Yangon, Myanmar, on February 4, 2021.

December 4, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: The Looming Iran Crisis

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Iran will likely provide an early test for Biden and his national security team.

The Iranian flag flies in front of a nuclear power plant.

September 10, 2020

United Nations
The UN’s Unhappy Birthday

The United Nations is turning 75 but there is little to celebrate as the organization has fallen well short of its goals.

United Nations General Assembly Hall

September 2, 2020

Nigeria
Nigerian Atheist Arrested and Disappeared

The arrest and subsequent disappearance of Mubarak Bala, an avowed atheist from a prominent Muslim family, illustrates the fragility of human rights and the rule of law when an individual directly challenges the norms of conservative society in Nigeria.

Male protestors in Lagos protest against the government. The front sign reads "It is not a 'my religion or tribe is better than yours' matter. All our blood is red."

June 16, 2021

New Zealand
Russell C. Leffingwell Lecture with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern discusses the future of New Zealand's foreign policy and lessons learned from the country's response to COVID-19 and reopening.  This meeting kicks off the 2021 Virtu…

Play New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to supporters during a campaign outing at Mangere town centre and market in Auckland, New Zealand, October 10, 2020.

June 15, 2020

World Order
The World Waits for No Country

While the United States has turned inward, focusing primarily on domestic challenges, history has not stopped.

Trump walks away

June 3, 2021

Space
Daughters and Sons Guest Event: Leadership Through Generations: A Conversation With Charles F. Bolden Jr. and Ché Bolden

Charles F. Bolden Jr., former NASA administrator and astronaut who flew on four space shuttle missions, and his son, Ché Bolden, a Marine Corps veteran, speak at a multigenerational conversation abou…

Play Charles Bolden and other Space shuttle Discovery astronauts in orange space suits departing for the launching pad.

May 19, 2021

Religion
Religious Nationalism Around the World

SINGH:  Hi, everyone. I'm Simran Jeet Singh, senior advisor for diversity and inclusion at YSC Consulting and a visiting professor at Union Theological Seminary. I'm delighted to be moderating today'…

Play Religious Nationalism Around the World

February 22, 2017

Human Rights
Alas Denmark

Denmark has long been regarded as one of the world’s most attractive nations, for citizens and tourists alike. My own visits there years ago as a student were delightful. And the Danes have a wonderf…