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March 18, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Obama “Dithers” No More

  Libyan protesters in Tobruk celebrate after the UN Security Council passes a resolution authorizing a "no-fly" zone and military attacks on Muammar Qaddafi's forces. (Suhaib Salem/courtesy Re…

Libyan Protesters celebrate after a U.N. resolution authorising a

January 28, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: “Friday of Wrath” Tests the Obama Administration

An anti-government protester defaces a picture of Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak in Alexandria. (Courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Just three days after delivering a State of the Union Address …

An anti-government protester defaces a picture of Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak in Alexandria.

June 21, 2011

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2012: Hello Jon Huntsman, GOP Presidential Candidate

It’s official. Jon Huntsman, the former Utah governor and U.S. ambassador to China, has formally announced that he is a Republican candidate for president. As he promised, Huntsman made the announcem…

Jon Huntsman

June 3, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: The Afghanistan Debate Heats Up

A U.S. Marine watches an evening storm gather above an outpost in Helmand province in Afghanistan. (Finbarr O'Reilly/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Next month President Obama will likely anno…

A U.S. Marine watches an evening storm gather above an outpost in Helmand province.

February 17, 2011

Congresses and Parliaments
Obama’s Budget Strategy

News photographers shoot stacked copies of President Barack Obama's proposed 2012 federal budget on Capitol Hill, February 14, 2011. (Jonathan Ernst/courtesy Reuters) President Obama unveile…

Obama’s Budget Strategy

April 27, 2011

China
Japan Reawakens?

Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan (L), Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard (2nd L), Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (C), China's Premier Wen Jiabao (2nd R) and India'…

Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan (L), Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard (2nd L), Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (C), China’s Premier Wen Jiabao (2nd R) and India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh join hands during a photo opportunity as part of the 5th East Asia Summit in Hanoi October 30, 2010.

December 13, 2010

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
TWE Quick Takes: Saddam Hussein, New START and More

Seven years ago today soldiers in the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division pulled Saddam Hussein from a hole underneath a two-room mud shack on a sheep farm in the town of ad-Dawr, …

TWE Quick Takes: Saddam Hussein, New START and More

August 11, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
The World Next Week: Biden Abroad, Mubarak on Trial, Ames Straw Poll

Vice President Joe Biden waves before boarding a plane at Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv on March 11, 2010. (Ronen Zvulun/courtesy Reuters) The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McM…

Vice President Joe Biden waves before boarding a plane at Ben Gurion International airport near Tel Aviv March 11, 2010. (Ronen Zvulun/courtesy Reuters)

September 1, 2011

China
Is Japan’s New PM a "Nationalist" or a "Moderate"?

Japan's next prime minister Yoshihiko Noda attends the lower house of parliament in Tokyo August 30, 2011 (Toru Hanai/Courtesy Reuters). Yesterday, my colleague Elizabeth Economy raised an impo…

Japan’s next prime minister Yoshihiko Noda attends the lower house of parliament in Tokyo August 30, 2011.

September 23, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Arms Sales to Taiwan

Five F-16 jets fly in formation. (Ho New/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. The Palestinian statehood bid is not the only issue the Obama administration has been struggling with this week. On Wednesd…

Five U.S. Air Force F-16