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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.

January 7, 2022

Treaties and Agreements
On International Treaties, the United States Refuses to Play Ball

In lists of state parties to globally significant treaties, the United States is often notably absent. Ratification hesitancy is a chronic impairment to international U.S. credibility and influence.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during the seventy-sixth Session of the General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York on September 21, 2021.

September 1, 2021

United States
Seven Resources Debunking 9/11 Conspiracy Theories

With the twentieth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks approaching, we recommend sources for better understanding 9/11 and its aftermath. This week: seven resources that debunk 9…

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May 26, 2021

Nigeria
Secrecy and Conspiracy Theories Surround Nigerian Plane Crashes

The plane crash May 21 killing Chief of Army Staff General Ibrahim Attahiru and all passengers and crew aboard is the fourth air tragedy in the past five months involving Nigeria Air Force aircraft. Initially, few details on the most recent crash were released, allowing conspiracy theories and falsely claimed videos of the crash to emerge on social media.

A line of Nigerian military officers raise their guns in salute at a funeral for a military general and others killed in a plane crash.

February 26, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria’s Internal Security Problem

The Nigerian minister of defense recently enjoined Nigerians to take up arms to defend themselves against marauding bandits in their communities. Nigeria has experienced devastating attacks from armed bandits for more than two years.

A blanket is seen on the ground of a school stormed by kidnappers in Nigeria.

April 13, 2020

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Online Meetings Are Transforming International Relations

The outbreak of COVID-19 is forcing intergovernmental meetings online. This transition will not be easy, but it could pave the way for greater participation and openness in international affairs. 

Members of the United Nations Security Council observe a moment of silence at the beginning of a meeting.

December 7, 2021

Southeast Asia
A Review of “Nothing is Impossible: America's Reconciliation With Vietnam” by Ted Osius

A new memoir from Ambassador Ted Osius marks an important contribution to understanding the history of U.S.-Vietnam relations.

U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam, Ted Osius, speaks during a news conference in Hanoi, Vietnam on November 2, 2017.

March 8, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Transforming International Affairs Education to Address Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

A new report by Carla Koppell, Reuben Brigety II, and Jamille Bigio offers a comprehensive approach for international affairs schools to transform the face and shape of U.S. foreign policy.

Protesters hold up placards as they “take a knee” in front of a police line at a Black Lives Matter demonstration outside the U.S. Embassy in London on June 7, 2020, during a weekend of global rallies against racism and police brutality.

March 3, 2021

Nigeria
Mass Kidnapping in Nigeria Captures International Attention—Again

On February 27 "bandits" attacked the Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe, Zamfara State and kidnapped some three hundred girls. Government reaction was predictable: search-and-rescue missions and strong statements.

A line of young girls, most without shoes and wearing blue Islamic headdress, leave a building after being released from captivity by bandits. A Nigerian policeman carrying an assault rifle is standing next to the line of girls.

December 17, 2020

South Korea
Returning Seoul-Tokyo Relations to Normalcy

Worsening Japan-South Korea relations have unprecedented ramifications for the economic and security fields.

Japan's Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi shakes hands with South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha before the G20 foreign ministers meeting in Nagoya, Japan, on November 23, 2019.