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September 8, 2014

China
Three Things for Xi Jinping and Shinzo Abe to Read

With the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in early November approaching rapidly, hopes are high for a meeting between Chinese president Xi Jinping and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe. The …

Demonstrators chant slogans and carry a Chinese national flag as they march past riot police outside the main entrance to the Japanese embassy in Beijing September 17, 2012. Chinese police used pepper spray, tear gas and water cannon to break up an anti-Japan protest in southern China on Sunday as demonstrators took to the streets in scores of cities across the country in a long-running row with Japan over a group of disputed islands. REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)

August 4, 2014

Defense and Security
TWE Remembers: The Gulf of Tonkin Incident

The USS Maddox was on alert on the evening of August 4, 1964 in the Gulf of Tonkin. Two nights earlier North Vietnamese patrol boats had attacked it without warning. The Maddox had driven them off wi…

Thewatersedge-LBJ-20140804

July 30, 2014

Wars and Conflict
TWE Remembers: World War I Novels

Yesterday, I recommended several great books on the origins of World War I. I’m a history buff, so books about what world leaders said and did are my thing. But friends who prefer novels to histories…

World-War-I-Novels

April 12, 2013

Immigration and Migration
Silicon Valley Takes on Immigration Reform

As the U.S. Congress looks to embark on immigration reform soon, many things have changed since the last try in 2007. One of the most important is the role of business—which is increasingly vocal and…

Immigration - LAM

December 5, 2012

China
Labor Data Show That China Is a Bubble Waiting to Burst

China “may have” overinvested to the tune of 12-20% of gross domestic product (GDP) between 2007 and 2011 – this is the diplomatically worded conclusion of a working paper released last week by th…

Labor Data Show That China Is a Bubble Waiting to Burst

July 23, 2012

United States
National Security Leaks and Iranian Revenge

On June 1, 2012, the New York Times featured a remarkable work of journalism by David Sanger that opened with the following revelation: “From his first months in office, President Obama ordered incr…

John McCain

May 9, 2012

United States
A Primer on Military Force

As I’ve written previously, policymakers and pundits have some pretty silly proposals for the use of military force. Whether it’s President Clinton,“[It would] scare the shit out of al Qaeda if sudde…

Army tanks

March 29, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: EPA Proposes Greenhouse Gas Limits on New Plants

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed limits for carbon dioxide emissions of new power plants (NYT). The rules will require future power plants to restrict emissions to less than 1,000 p…

Carbon capture test project at a West Virginia power plant of American Electric Power (AEP).  The project was co-funded by the Department of Energy, but halted last year (AEP/Courtesy Reuters).

January 13, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Nuclear Materials, Economic Sanctions, and Afghanistan

- Nuclear Materials Security Index (PDF), Nuclear Threat Intiative, January 2012. The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) Nuclear Materials Security Index includes findings for each of 176 countries, in…

Afghanistan soldier

September 16, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: The Palestinian UN Statehood Gambit

Palestinians take part in a candle light rally to show support for the Palestinian bid for full United Nations membership on September 15, 2011. (Ammar Awad/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. The Pal…

Palestinians take part in a candle light rally to show support for the Palestinian bid for full United Nations membership this month, outside the Church of the Nativity, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, September 15, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad