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December 8, 2014

Global
Ten Elections to Watch in 2015

Millions of people around the world went to the polls this year. Indians and Indonesians elected new leaders, while Brazilians and South Africans voted to keep the ones they had. Turks elevated their…

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December 28, 2016

United States
Ten American Foreign Policy Influentials Who Died in 2016

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 2016 who throu…

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June 25, 2012

Egypt
What Morsi’s Win Means for Egypt

Following yesterday’s historic announcement that Mohamed Morsi had won Egypt’s first competitive presidential election, I discussed the implications of this development with former New York Times dip…

Muslim Brotherhood's president-elect Mohamed Morsi speaks during his first televised address to the nation at the Egyptian Television headquarters in Cairo on June 24, 2012 (Courtesy Reuters).

March 25, 2011

Defense and Security
Is Operation Odyssey Dawn Constitutional? Obama Versus the Framers

I noted in a post earlier today that President Obama can make a credible legal case—if he were ever forced to make one—that he had all the authority he needed to order Operation Odyssey Dawn. But his…

Independence Hall

July 29, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Friday File: The Debt Debate Won’t End on Tuesday

Traders work on the main trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange on July 29, 2011. U.S. stocks dropped for a fifth straight day after weak economic data and another setback on a debt deal. (Mike…

Traders work on the main trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange on July 29, 2011. U.S. stocks dropped for a fifth straight day on Friday after weak data on the economy and a setback on a debt deal discouraged investors. (Mike Segar/courtesy Reuters)

June 14, 2013

Political Transitions
You Might Have Missed: Surveillance Programs, Intervention in Syria, and Chinese Foreign Policy

Alastair Iain Johnston, "How New and Assertive Is China’s New Assertiveness?" International Security 37, no. 4 (Spring 2013): 7–48. Why, then, does it matter whether PRC diplomacy as a whole in 2010…

U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper departs after a Senate briefing on national surveillance programs on June 13, 2013 (Ernst/Courtesy Reuters).

May 3, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Syria’s Cease-fire Tatters, Former Israeli Security Officials Speak out on Iran

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. The United Nations announced today that the three-week old truce in Syria "is not holding." Major General Robert Mood, chief of the UN Supervision Mission…

Israel's defense minister Ehud Barak sits across from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on April 29, 2012 (Ronen Zvulun/Courtesy Reuters).

February 25, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
TWE Remembers: John Foster Dulles

Every day thousands of people fly into and out of Washington’s Dulles International Airport. Few of them think about the man for whom the airport is named, John Foster Dulles. He was born on this day…

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June 4, 2012

United States
How Many Civilians Are Killed by U.S. Drones?

After last week’s excellent reporting in Newsweek and the New York Times, many pundits and policymakers are newly aware of America’s policy of targeted killings and the existence of “kill lists.” Thi…

Global Hawk v.2

June 27, 2016

Israel
Israel and Turkey: No Big Deal

The recent announcement that Israel and Turkey are restoring full diplomatic relations is unlikely to signal the dawn of a new day in Israeli-Turkish relations.

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