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December 14, 2009

Infectious Diseases
North Korea’s H1N1 Watch: Isolation Vs. Contagion

For a country that appears to be so isolated from the outside world, North Korea seems to have been on edge for months regarding the possible impact of swine flu (H1N1) on its population. These rumor…

April 11, 2011

Politics and Government
Campaign 2012: Hello Mitt Romney, GOP Presidential Candidate

Mitt Romney shakes hands after speaking to an audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference meeting in Washington on February 11, 2011. (Larry Downing/courtesy Reuters) The United States …

Campaign 2012: Hello Mitt Romney, GOP Presidential Candidate

December 17, 2010

China
Wouldn’t hold my breadth for IPR protection in China

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke (L) shakes hands with China's Vice Premier Wang Qishan in Hangzhou October 29, 2009. (Eugene Hoshiko/Courtesy Reuters) The two-day meeting of the U.S.-China Jo…

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October 7, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: Libya, Syria, and the Responsibility to Protect

A session of the United Nations Security Council in New York. (Shannon Stapleton/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. The UN Security Council witnessed a rare double veto on Tuesday. Both Russia and Ch…

A session of the United Nations Security Council in New York. (Shannon Stapleton/courtesy Reuters)

May 24, 2013

United States
TWE Remembers: Memorial Day

The United States has fought twelve major wars and numerous smaller skirmishes in its history. Memorial Day is our way of honoring the soldiers, sailors, airmen, airwomen, and marines who did not ret…

Members of the U.S. Army Old Guard place a flag at each of the more than 220,000 graves at Arlington National Cemetery (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).

January 6, 2014

Politics and Government
Some Clarity on Egypt

It may be me, but I am a little surprised that much of the commentary I have read about Egypt recently is shocked—just shocked—about the current turn of events.  I was blessedly offline for about nin…

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February 3, 2014

Israel
Settlement Impossible

The Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the never-ending peace process are back.  Not that they ever went away, but the conflict has gotten far more newsprint and bandwidth in the last week or so than i…

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November 5, 2014

United States
Ten Cold War Novels Worth Reading

If you want to know the facts about the Cold War, you should read histories and memoirs. If you want to know how the Cold War felt, you should read novels. Why? Because “fiction reveals truths that r…

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November 6, 2014

United States
Ten Cold War Films Worth Watching

The Cold War has provided the grist for rich histories, enlightening memoirs, and terrific novels. It has also provided source material for some great movies. Here in alphabetical order are my ten fa…

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October 23, 2014

Does China Have a Rare Earth Weapon?

It’s been four years since China cut sales of rare earth elements (REEs) to Japan during a naval standoff between the two powers.  Panic spread to markets and governments as people tried to figure ou…

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