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November 9, 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.

October 22, 2021

Afghanistan
Afghanistan in Hindsight: Lessons From Two Decades of War

Our panelists discuss the history of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, critical policy decisions made during four U.S. administrations, and what lessons can be learned from the two-decade war.

Play U.S. Army Soldiers on security at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan.

July 20, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Generation X’s Short Arc of History

Ben Rhodes’s new book about global politics reveals the limits of the Obama administration’s worldview.

U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes speaks about Obama's upcoming visit to Cuba at the White House in Washington February 18, 2016. U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday announced a historic visit to Cuba next month, speeding up the thaw in relations between the two Cold War former foes but igniting opposition from Republicans at home.

October 7, 2021

United States
The U.S. War in Afghanistan Twenty Years On: Public Opinion Then and Now

Two decades after the start of Operation Enduring Freedom, Americans view the war very differently.

Afghanistan flag

September 2, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Yemen’s Tragedy: War, Stalemate, and Suffering

Yemen’s internal divisions and a Saudi-led military intervention have spawned an intractable political, military, and humanitarian crisis.

Five Houthis ride atop a military vehicle.

July 28, 2021

Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines
The COVID-19 Vaccination Challenge: Lessons From History

Vaccines are a major public health success story, but the COVID-19 pandemic underscores the many challenges involved in getting a vaccine to everyone who needs it.

November 17, 2021

Nuclear Weapons
Paul C. Warnke Lecture on International Security: A Conversation With Walter Pincus

Walter Pincus discusses nuclear security, the testing history of nuclear weapons, and the potential fallout of using nuclear weapons in war. The Paul C. Warnke Lecture on International Security wa…

Play Walter Pincus sitting in a crowd at a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing.

September 9, 2021

Iraq War
Foreign Affairs September/October 2021 Issue Launch: Who Won the War on Terror?

As the twentieth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks approaches, Foreign Affairs Executive Editor Justin Vogt discusses who won the war on terror and what it means for the United States…

Play A displaced Iraqi family walks along a Mosul street of rubble and broken building

June 11, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
End the ‘Forever War’ Cliché

The war in Afghanistan needed to wind down. But Washington is learning the wrong lesson.

Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) speak after the senate voted on a resolution ending U.S. military support for the war in Yemen on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., December 13, 2018.