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October 11, 2019

United States
Happy 244th Birthday to the U.S. Navy!

The U.S. Navy turns 244 years-old this weekend. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned two ships, each with eighty sailors, “for intercepting such transports as may be laden with …

U.S. Navy

September 30, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Steve Bullock, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Update: Steve Bullock announced on December 2, 2019, that he was dropping out of the race.  Can one of the last candidates to enter the 2020 race be the last one standing? Steve Bullock certainly …

Steve Bullock

October 12, 2018

United States
Happy 243rd Birthday to the U.S. Navy!

The U.S. Navy turns 243 years-old tomorrow. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned two ships, each with eighty sailors, “for intercepting such transports as may be laden with warl…

Navy Birthday 2018

February 1, 2013

Education
Education: Do International Test Scores Matter?

We’ve all seen the headlines: American students are far from stellar performers on international tests. Whether it’s the OECD’s oft-cited gold-standard PISA test on math and reading, the TIMSS test o…

A preschooler on his first day of school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Bazuki Muhammad/Courtesy Reuters).

December 20, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Corruption, Transparency, and Somalia’s Future

Transparency International just released its 2012 country rankings of corruption in the public sector. The index is based on a variety of corruption-related data, including public opinion polls and a…

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December 1, 2014

Global
Ten Historical Anniversaries of Note in 2015

Anniversaries are how we mark the passage time of time, celebrate our triumphs, and honor our losses. Two thousand and fourteen witnessed several significant historical anniversaries: the centennial …

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December 10, 2013

Politics and Government
Ten Elections to Watch in 2014

Two thousand and thirteen won’t go down in the history books as a banner year for globally significant elections. True, the election of Hassan Rouhani changed the tone in Tehran and possibly opened t…

Voters line up outside a polling booth during the state assembly election last week in New Delhi, India. (Ahmad Masood/Courtesy Reuters)

July 25, 2013

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Syria at the UN, Egypt’s Demonstrations, and Israeli-Palestinian Talks

Significant Developments Syria. Secretary of State John Kerry met Ahmed al-Jarba, the Syrian National Coalition’s (SNC) newly elected leader, late this afternoon at the United Nations to discuss “po…

A member of the Free Syrian Army plays darts on a picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Bab al-Nasr neighborhood of Aleppo June 28, 2013 (Khatib/Courtesy Reuters).

February 18, 2012

United States
A Presidents’ Day Quiz

Monday is Presidents’ Day. To get you in the proper celebratory mood, TWE presents its first Presidents’ Day quiz. You can find links to the quiz answer at the bottom of the post. Yes, you could Goog…

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September 23, 2011

Defense and Security
You Might Have Missed: Drones, Drones, Drones

Lt. Col. Geoffrey Barnes, Detachment 1 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Attack Squadron commander, performs a pre-flight inspection of an MQ-1B Predator unmanned drone aircraft on September 3, 2008 …

Lt. Col. Geoffrey Barnes, Detachment 1 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Attack Squadron commander, performs a pre-flight inspection of an MQ-1B Predator unmanned drone aircraft on September 3, 2008 (Christopher Griffin/Courtesy Reuters).