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September 21, 2012

United States
TWE Remembers: Andrei Gromyko Tells a Lie at the United Nations

The UN General Assembly convened this week for its 67th session. Heads of state and foreign ministers will be giving speeches galore. Some will be good. Some will be awful. Most will be forgettable. …

President John F. Kennedy and Soviet minister of foreign affairs Andrei Gromyko meet in the Oval Office in March 1961. (Abbie Rowe. White House Photographs. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.)

October 18, 2012

United States
TWE Remembers: Andrei Gromyko Lies to JFK (Cuban Missile Crisis, Day Three)

Could you sit through a two-hour meeting with a man who was lying to your face without letting on that you knew he was lying? President John F. Kennedy faced just that challenge on Thursday, October …

President John F. Kennedy and Soviet minister of foreign affairs Andrei Gromyko meet in the Oval Office on October 18, 1962.  Seated from left to right, Soviet deputy minister Vladimir S. Seyemenov, Soviet ambassador to the United States Anatoly F. Dobrynin, Gromyko, and Kennedy.  (Robert Knudson White House Photographs, National Archives, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston, Massachusetts)

August 4, 2017

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: August 4, 2017

This week: Apple in China, reforming the way law enforcement accesses data, and blogging regulations in Russia.

Apple in China

August 17, 2015

Cuba
Did The Kerry Visit To Cuba Matter?

Secretary of State Kerry traveled to Havana to raise the flag at the U.S. Embassy there last week. As has been noted here in this blog and in many news articles and columns, no dissidents or human ri…

June 30, 2014

Iran
Reagan and the Iran Talks

In his address to the UN General Assembly in September, 1987, President Ronald Reagan spoke a few words about the relationship between peace and freedom. Here is what he said: Freedom in Nicaragua …

February 17, 2015

North Korea
North Korea’s Food Situation: Stable and Improving

When asked in his January 22 interview with YouTube [9:00 ff.] about the likely effects of greater sanctions on North Korea following the Sony hack, President Obama repeated a mantra widely associate…

nk-rice-paddy-field-2014

November 4, 2014

United States
Ten Cold War Memoirs Worth Reading

Yesterday, I posted a list of great histories of the Cold War. Those books provide an excellent analysis of the U.S.-Soviet superpower rivalry. Their great strength is their detachment—they are acade…

Cold-War-Memoirs

December 9, 2013

North Korea
The Removal of Jang Song-taek

There is nothing like a good purge to spark off speculation about the future of an opaque totalitarian regime like the one in North Korea. The problem, of course, is that unless one knows what is goi…

jang-song-taek-ousted

October 14, 2012

United States
TWE Remembers: Maj. Richard Heyser Flies a U-2 Over Cuba

The U-2 is a remarkable plane. It can fly at altitudes above 70,000 feet for hours at a time, and it gave the United States an intelligence advantage from the moment it became operational in 1956. (T…

A CIA chart of "reconnaissance objectives in Cuba," dated October 5, 1962. (Dino A. Brugioni Collection, The National Security Archive, Washington, DC)

October 16, 2012

United States
TWE Remembers: Learning More About the Cuban Missile Crisis

The Cuban missile crisis brought the United States and the Soviet Union closer to nuclear war than any other event during the Cold War. President John F. Kennedy put the odds of war at “somewhere bet…

A U-2 photograph of an MRBM Field Launch Site in San Cristobal, Cuba. (Dino A. Brugioni Collection, The National Security Archive, Washington, DC)