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November 10, 2021

U.S. Foreign Policy
TWE Book and Film Recommendations

Looking for something to read or watch? Here is a list of all the books and films recommended on The Water’s Edge.

https://www.cfr.org/blog/twe-book-and-film-recommendations

February 4, 2013

China
Colonel Brian Killough: The Catch-22 of Modern Chinese Foreign Policy

Colonel Brian Killough is the U.S. Air Force Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. In Joseph Heller’s famous novel, Catch-22, the bombardier, John Yosserian, is caught in a situationa…

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) and Wang Jiarui, the head of the International Liaison Department of China's Communist Party, walk together for their meeting in Pyongyang on August 2, 2012.

December 29, 2021

2021 in Review
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2021

Ten people who passed away this year who shaped world affairs for better or worse.

Desmond Tutu smiles and waves while wearing a red clerical tunic and collar.

September 10, 2021

United States
Seven Reflections Worth Reading About 9/11

With the twentieth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks on Saturday, we recommend sources for better understanding 9/11 and its aftermath. Today: seven reflections about 9/11.

Reflections

December 11, 2020

United States
Bipolarity is the Wrong Concept for U.S.-China Relations

When it comes to crafting policy, an all-consuming focus on bipolarity could be utterly disastrous. The Biden administration should junk the concept. 

U.S. and Chinese flag cover the foreground of the photo, with the background focused on the U.S. Army and China's People's Liberation Army military personnel attend a closing ceremony of an exercise of "Disaster Management Exchange" near Nanjing, Jiangsu province in China on November 17, 2018.

September 14, 2021

United States
More Resources Worth Exploring About 9/11

With the twentieth anniversary of 9/11 this past Saturday, we share resources that readers flagged for us or that we otherwise missed about that day and its consequences

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October 17, 2019

Defense and Security
Funding the Nuclear Triad to Deter Great Power Adversaries

Captain Brian L. Sittlow is a naval officer, specializing in submarines, and a military fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of th…

Following a strategic deterrence patrol, the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Alaska returns to its homeport at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia, U.S. in this April 2, 2019 handout photo.

January 15, 2021

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: What Can Biden Get Done?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Biden faces substantial obstacles in his bid to remake U.S. foreign policy after four…

Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris sits behind President-Elect Joe Biden as he speaks at a podium labelled "Office of the President Elect."

June 2, 2020

Demonstrations and Protests
Affirming Our Commitment to Human Rights, at Home and Abroad

The sickening murder of George Floyd, and the laudable fact that the press in the United States is free to report it and to tell the story of the protests sweeping the nation, has again exposed just how much injustice persists in the United States.

U.S. Ambassador Brian Nichols Meets with Zimbabwean Foreign Minister Sibusiso Moyo in Harare, June 1, 2020

September 18, 2020

United States
The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 73rd Birthday Today

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 73 years-old today. On September 18, 1947, Chief Justice Fred Vinson swore in Stuart Symington as the first secretary of the air force, officially founding a …

Air Force