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January 18, 2017

Elections and Voting
Ten Things You Probably Don’t Know About Presidential Inaugurations

To get you ready for Inauguration Day, here are ten lesser known facts about presidential inaugurations. Donald Trump will be sworn in as the forty-fifth U.S. president, but he will be only the…

The U.S. Capitol is seen during a rehearsal for the inauguration ceremony of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in Washington

December 5, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Arthur Chaskalson: An Architect of Democratic South Africa

Lawyers can be improbable heroes, but Arthur Chaskalson was one.  He used the law to hobble apartheid and subsequently helped author a post-apartheid legal system that subordinated the parliament to …

 SOUTH AFRICA PRESIDENT THABO MBEKI TAKES OATH WITH CHIEF JUSTICE ARTHUR CHASKALSON. 27/04/2004.

December 2, 2016

Global
Ten Historical Anniversaries of Note in 2017

Anniversaries mark the passage of time, recall our triumphs, and honor our losses. Two thousand and sixteen witnessed many significant historical anniversaries: the seventy-fifth anniversary of Pearl…

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February 12, 2014

Education
Volkswagen's Tennessee Gambit: Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Union?

I have long been a strong advocate of foreign investment in the United States, and have argued against discriminatory tax rules, short-sighted security restrictions, or other government measures that…

The Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga ,Tennessee, is shown (Billy Weeks /Courtesy Reuters).

January 10, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
TWE Remembers: Sen. Arthur Vandenberg’s Conversion to Internationalism

  In a post earlier today, I mentioned that Sen. Arthur Vandenberg (R-MI), a leading isolationist voice on Capitol Hill in the years before World War II, dismissed the Ludlow Amendment as a terrib…

Senator Arthur Vandenberg

June 15, 2016

United States
Belated Birthday Wishes to the United States Army!

Yesterday the United States Army celebrated its 241st birthday. Alas, while I wrote out my birthday wishes I failed to post them. (Yes, I have been known to write cards and forget to send them.) But …

United States Army soldiers stand before the start of the Army's 237th anniversary celebrations at Times Square in New York

February 15, 2016

TWE Celebrates Presidents’ Day

Today is Presidents’ Day. It is a TWE tradition to recognize the forty-three men—and they have all been men, though that may change next January 20—who have been president on Presidents’ Day by posti…

Presidents

January 28, 2016

International Organizations
The Tragic Irony of Syria: The System “Worked”

For nearly five years, the UN Security Council has failed to end Syria’s suffering. The numbers are numbing: The war has claimed 250,000 lives and displaced over 50 percent of Syria’s prewar populati…

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power speaks with her Russian counterpart, Vitaly Churkin, before the UN Security Council votes on a resolution—which Russia goes on to veto—regarding the Ukrainian crisis on March 15, 2014.

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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June 14, 2015

United States
Birthday Wishes to the United States Army!

Doughboy. GI. Grunt. Dogface. Warrior. Whatever term you prefer, if you see an active duty, former, or retired member of the United States Army today, wish their service Happy Birthday. The United St…

U.S. Army soldiers walk the Army birthday cake down to be cut at the 2014 Army Ball at the National Harbor in Fort Washington, Maryland, June 21, 2014.