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November 11, 2010

Congresses and Parliaments
TWE Celebrates Veterans Day

TWE tips its cap to all of America’s veterans for their service to the country. Thank you. History buffs know that Veterans Day began as a way to commemorate the armistice that ended the fighting…

TWE Celebrates Veterans Day

November 19, 2010

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: Obama Heads to Lisbon

Above the Fold. President Obama’s scheduler must be nursing a grudge.  Last Sunday the president returned from what had to be an exhausting ten-day, around-the-world trip that took him to four coun…

Friday File: Obama Heads to Lisbon

November 8, 2010

United States
Egypt Week in Washington?

Last week was Egypt week in Washington.  On Tuesday, a bipartisan group of policy analysts, former government officials, and democracy advocates visited with National Security Council staff to expr…

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December 3, 2010

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: A Treaty for a Tax Cut

Above the Fold. Don’t count the New START Treaty out just yet. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told Good Morning America on Tuesday that the treaty could be approved by year’s end. Sen. George Voinovich…

Friday File: A Treaty for a Tax Cut

November 1, 2010

United States
Peace Process?

I have it on good authority, which in Washington means that I read it in Laura Rozen’s foreign policy blog at Politico and confirmed it through various conversations with colleagues who had coffee …

Peace Process?

November 4, 2010

China
What do the 2010 Elections Mean for Asia?

Since the election, I have been fielding numerous emails and phone calls from Asian friends and reporters interested in whether the sweeping changes in the House of Representatives, governors’ mans…

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), who broke down in tears during his speech, gives a thumbs up at the end of his address to a Republican election night results watch rally in Washington

December 10, 2010

Congresses and Parliaments
Friday File: Afghanistan Strategy Review

Above the fold. The White House is wrapping up its year-end Afghanistan strategy review.  Its conclusion, perhaps not surprisingly, looks to be that the surge strategy President Obama announced a …

Friday File: Afghanistan Strategy Review

December 6, 2010

Japan
Why Trilateralism is Good for Japan

Today, Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara will meet with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-Hwan in Washington, DC. Discussions on North Korea’s latest p…

Why Trilateralism is Good for Japan

November 16, 2010

Sub-Saharan Africa
Does Africa Need Another Blog?

Yes. It seems to me that much of the on-line discussion on Africa is focused on economic development or the lack thereof, or on the latest humanitarian catastrophe that grabs the headlines, be it i…

Does Africa Need Another Blog?

November 29, 2010

United States
Egypt’s Elections Mess: Why We Don’t Care

Yesterday’s parliamentary elections in Egypt were pretty bad.  The litany of opposition complaints was long.  As I write, there are 8 confirmed deaths and numerous injured in clashes between the se…

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