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May 10, 2006

United States
Self promotion watch (Treasury foreign exchange report edition)

I was interviewed by Adam Davidson of NPR about the Treasury’s forthcoming foreign exchange report (to be released at 4 pm today). You can hear the results here.    Adam Davidson also interviewed the…

March 4, 2011

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2012: Hello Newt Gingrich, GOP Presidential Candidate?

Newt Gingrich addresses the 38th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. (Larry Downing/courtesy Reuters) Someone had to go first. So Newt Gingrich did. While the other major …

Newt Gingrich addresses the 38th annual CPAC meeting in Washington

May 27, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Libya Bombing Intensifies

A Libyan warship damaged by NATO airstrikes. (Louafi Larbi/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. President Obama said back in March that “broadening our military mission to include regime change [in Lib…

A Libyan warship damaged by NATO airstrikes in Tripoli’s sea port on May 20, 2011.

April 18, 2012

North Korea
A Tough UN Presidential Statement and North Korea’s Defiant Response

The UN Security Council issued a toughly-worded Presidential Statement on April 16, 2012, that deplored North Korea’s April 13 launch, called upon North Korea to “re-establish its preexisting commitm…

U.S. ambassador to the UN Susan Rice speaks to the media after Security Council consultations at the UN in NY_Reuters_Allison Joyce

February 22, 2013

John Kerry and the Blurring of the Foreign and Domestic

John Kerry’s first major address as secretary of state, delivered Wednesday at the University of Virginia, was light on specifics and priorities. But it offered a useful glimpse into his mindset as t…

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to the press following his meeting with Canada's Foreign Minister John Baird at the State Department in Washington

June 10, 2013

Defense and Security
TWE Remembers: JFK’s "Strategy of Peace" Speech

Commencement addresses have figured prominently in American foreign policy. Whether it was FDR ending the pretense that the United States would remain rigidly neutral in World War II in a speech at t…

President John F. Kennedy delivers the commencement address at American University on June 10, 1963 (Cecil Stoughton. White House Photographs. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston).

February 7, 2013

United States
Syria: Everyone But Obama Wanted Action

It has emerged in the last few days that Secretary of State Clinton and CIA Director David Petraeus wanted last year to arm and train the Syrian rebels. The New York Times reported last weekend that…

August 13, 2013

Does Freeing Murderers Bring Peace?

Today Israel will free 26 murderers, a price exacted by the PLO before it would return to peace negotiations. Israel has entered into such deals before, for example freeing over 1,000 prisoners in ex…

June 21, 2013

Can Iran Be Stopped?

Over the last two years many of those--including me--who urged American intervention in Syria have been called various names: neocons, dangerous idealists, adventurers, fools who were forgetting the …

March 26, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
What To Do About Syria

The continuing, and worsening, crisis in Syria leaves some analysts confused and their writing not very useful. The best guide to what is happening, and what the United States should do, is the writi…