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January 5, 2022

South Africa
Reflections: Former Asst. Sec. for Africa Walter Kansteiner on the George W. Bush Administration's Zimbabwe Policy

Former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Walter Kansteiner reflects on his dealing with former South African President Thabo Mbeki in formulating U.S. policy toward Zimbabwe from 2001 to 2003.

Walter Kansteiner sits and addresses the media. An American flag is situated behind him.

May 24, 2022

Taiwan
What Biden’s Big Shift on Taiwan Means

In moving away from strategic ambiguity, Biden made a long overdue adjustment to U.S. policy.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Japan Prime Minister Fumio Kishida stand at two podiums, Biden on the left and Kishida on the right. They are facing an audience.

April 1, 2022

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

A comprehensive list of each episode of The President's Inbox organized by topic. 

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June 16, 2020

United States
George Floyd’s Murder Revives Anti-Colonialism in Western Europe

The murder of George Floyd by a policeman and the ensuing protests against racism and police brutality in the United States have ignited similar protests in Europe. Large crowds are acknowledging the links among slavery, European colonialism, and racism.

Protestors dressed mostly in black with masks and face coverings display the DRC flag on the pedestal of a massive statue of King Leopold II on a horse. The sky is white and there is green foliage from a tree in the back left of the photo.

May 27, 2022

International Law
The United States and the International Justice Enterprise

The United States has been all but a willing and eager participant in the modern transnational justice project. As atrocities mount in Ukraine, a bipartisan cohort of senators thinks there is a chanc…

The Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded in Armies in the Field, signed in 1864, is pictured at the Red Cross Museum in Geneva July 31, 2009. This Convention lays down the bases of international humanitarian laws and is at the origin of the present Geneva Conventions signed on August 12 1949. The Geneva Conventions have been acceded to by 194 States and enjoy universal acceptance.

September 19, 2019

United States
The 223rd Anniversary of George Washington’s Farewell Address

Today marks the 223rd anniversary of George Washington’s Farewell Address. It is sometimes mistakenly referred to a speech, but it was actually a six-thousand-word letter to the American people. It f…

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May 13, 2011

The Resignation of George Mitchell

U.S. Mideast Envoy George Mitchell in Cairo December 15, 2010. (Amr Dalsh/Courtesy Reuters) George Mitchell resigned today as the president’s special envoy for the Middle East. Mitchell was appointe…

U.S. Mideast Envoy George Mitchell in Cairo December 15, 2010.

August 6, 2015

Cuba
John Kerry, George Shultz, and the Kerry Visit to Cuba

Secretary of State Kerry will visit Cuba soon--on August 14. Since the opening of diplomatic relations and of the Cuban embassy in Washington, what’s been going on in Cuba? More repression. There w…

December 31, 2010

United States
TWE Remembers: George C. Marshall

When I taught “American Foreign Policy” (30:061) at the University of Iowa (Go Hawkeyes!) students would occasionally ask me which American policymaker I most admired.  I never knew whether the quest…

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September 19, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
George Washington on Debt and Taxes

The text of George Washington's Farewell Address. (Courtesy the National Archives) Earlier today I noted the 215th anniversary of George Washington’s Farewell Address. It is best remembered for…

The text of George Washington’s Farewell Address. (Courtesy the National Archives)