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December 30, 2013

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Remembering Ten World Figures Who Died in 2013

Last Thursday, I wrote about ten Americans who died in 2013 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy through their vision, service, intellect, or courage. Below are ten world figures who died in 2013. Ea…

The sun sets over Clifton Beach in Cape Town, South Africa. (Mike Hutchings/Courtesy Reuters)

April 14, 2015

Politics and Government
Campaign 2016: Senator Marco Rubio, GOP Presidential Candidate

Long shots sometimes pay off. Just ask Senator Marco Rubio. He won his first race for political office at age 26 by beating an incumbent county commissioner. A year later he won a seat in Florida’s s…

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December 26, 2012

Politics and Government
Ten Foreign Policy Voices That Will Be Missed

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes and assessing failures. It is also a time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten people who died in 2012 who made sign…

A boatman arranges wishing spheres released onto the Singapore River as part of New Year Day celebrations. (Edgar Su/Courtesy Reuters)

December 29, 2015

Politics and Government
Ten American Foreign Policy Influentials Who Died in 2015

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also a time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2015 who throu…

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August 20, 2012

Defense and Security
Armed Drones and the Hunt for bin Laden

Today is the fourteenth anniversary of the best chance the United States had to kill Osama bin Laden before he led al-Qaeda to plan and carry out the terrorist attacks of 9/11. In addition to failing…

Nairobi bombing

October 27, 2012

United States
TWE Remembers: Black Saturday—Near Calamities Abound as JFK Offers Khrushchev a Deal (Cuban Missile Crisis, Day Twelve)

Murphy’s Law holds that if anything can go wrong, it will. On Saturday October 27, 1962, the twelfth day of the Cuban missile crisis, President John F. Kennedy might have been thinking about that fam…

A U-2 plane used during the Cuban Missile Crisis (Dino A. Brugioni Collection, The National Security Archive, Washington, DC).

April 7, 2016

International Organizations
The Race to Be UN Secretary-General: Five Questions for the Candidates

The following is a guest post by Megan Roberts, associate director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Next week the United Nations G…

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon waves as he arrives at the donors Conference for Syria in London, Britain February 4, 2016.

July 1, 2011

United States
Don’t Tread on Me: July 4th and U.S. Sovereignty

AVIATION ORDINANCE CHIEF SPRAYS 'JACK' FLAG ON BOARD THE USS CONSTELLATION IN THE GULF (John Schults/Courtesy Reuters) Don’t Tread on Me: July 4th and U.S. Sovereignty As the nation celebra…

Don’t Tread on Me: July 4th and U.S. Sovereignty

July 31, 2014

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Airline Disasters Bring Obscure Global Organization to the Fore

Coauthored with Daniel Chardell, research associate in the International Institutions and Global Governance program. You might think twice about getting on a plane these days. The headlines are full…

A pro-Russian separatist stands guard over wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, shot down in eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014.

April 25, 2007

Economics
Five observations: all loosely tied to yen and dollar weakness and the swelling coffers of the emerging world

One. Yes, Virginia, exchange rates do matter … Japan’s trade surplus is rising.  Its current account surplus should be rising even more, as its interest income should be increasing too.   The MoF is …

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