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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.

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.

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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April 14, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Former President George W. Bush, advocates for PEPFAR and Africa

Former President George W. Bush’s trip to Botswana and Namibia is a reminder of perhaps his signature achievement in office, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, known as PEPFAR. In an Apr…

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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.

December 28, 2021

2021 in Review
Ten American Foreign Policy Notables Who Died in 2021

As 2021 comes to a close, here are ten influential U.S. foreign policy figures who passed away this year. 

American flags surrounding the Washington Monument fly at half-staff as the sun sets behind the U.S. Capitol Building.

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 1, 2021

United States
TWE History-Related Blogs and Videos

A list of all blog posts and videos reflecting on historical events from The Water's Edge. 

The U.S. Capitol Building is flanked by two rows of U.S. flags.

November 30, 2021

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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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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