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March 24, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
TWE on Camera: Scowcroft on Avoiding Mission Creep in Libya

Former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2007. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters) Yesterday I had the pleasure and honor to sit down with…

Former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in 2007.

January 24, 2013

Trading Volumes Underscore Brent’s Ascendance as World Oil Benchmark

West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and Brent have been locked in a multi-year wrestling match for the exalted status of the definitive world benchmark price of oil. WTI’s glaring deficiencies as a baromet…

Trading Volumes Underscore Brent’s Ascendance as World Oil Benchmark

December 28, 2020

2020 in Review
Ten Foreign Policy Notables Who Died in 2020

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2020 who through…

U.S. Flag

December 9, 2020

European Union
Emerging Technology and a Reimagined U.S.-EU Partnership

The recently announced EU proposal is a welcome development that recognizes the economic dimensions of great power competition.

European Union flags flutter outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels.

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…


December 22, 2020

The SolarWinds Compromise and the Strategic Challenge of the Information and Communications Technology Supply Chain

Possibly the most significant cyber breach targeting the U.S. government in years, the compromise of SolarWinds highlights the need for a risk-based approach to supply chain security and resilience. …

The SolarWinds logo is seen outside its headquarters.

February 3, 2021

Time to End the Dual Hat?

Following the SolarWinds breach, there have been renewed calls for the end of the dual-hat authority that governs the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command.

Lieutenant General Paul Nakasone, head of the National Security Agency and US Cyber Command.

November 9, 2020

Election 2020
Defending the 2020 Election: It’s Not Time to Celebrate (Yet)

Although the election appears to have gone smoothly from a cybersecurity standpoint, there is still time for adversaries to undermine the peaceful transition of power.

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks to reporters.

January 12, 2011

Defense and Security
TWE Remembers: Congress’s Vote to Authorize the Gulf War

  On this day in 1991, Congress voted to authorize President George H.W. Bush to use military force against Iraq to end the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait. The House vote was 250 to 183. The Senat…

George H.W. Bush in Kuwait

March 5, 2016

Remembering the Iraqi Uprising Twenty-Five Years Ago

On February 15, 1991, four weeks into Operation Desert Storm, President George H.W. Bush, using identical language twice—at the White House and later at a Raytheon defense plant in Massachusetts—enco…

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