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June 21, 2022

Hong Kong
Lessons From History Series: A Question of Autonomy—Hong Kong Then and Now

July 2022 marks twenty-five years since the United Kingdom and China signed the Sino-British agreement, returning Hong Kong to China with the understanding that China's policies regarding Hong Kong w…

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June 3, 2022

Cuba
U.S.-Cuba Relations

Communist Cuba has long been a major foreign policy challenge for the United States. President Biden is the latest U.S. leader to grapple with how to balance democracy promotion with the desire for a…

A man shows U.S. and Cuban flags at his house in Havana.

June 15, 2022

Ukraine
2022 International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) Conference Keynote Session With Samantha Power

USAID Administrator Samantha Power discusses the pivotal moment we face to strengthen democracy and reverse the rise of authoritarianism across the world, and USAID's efforts to mitigate the global f…

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May 25, 2022

South Korea
2022 Conference on Diversity in International Affairs

The 2022 Conference on Diversity in International Affairs was a collaborative effort by the Council on Foreign Relations, the Global Access Pipeline, and the International Career Advancement Program…

May 26, 2022

Taiwan
Why China-Taiwan Relations Are So Tense

Differences over Taiwan’s status have fueled rising tensions between the island and the mainland. Conflict over Taiwan also has the potential to be a flash point in U.S.-China relations.

A helicopter flies a Taiwanese flag through the air.

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.

May 5, 2022

Economics
C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics With Martin Wolf

Martin Wolf discusses the global economy, the repercussions of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The C. Peter McColough Series on International Eco…

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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.

April 6, 2022

Economics
C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics With Lawrence H. Summers

Lawrence H. Summers discusses the U.S. economy and inflation, recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the global economic consequences of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The C. Peter McColough Seri…

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May 10, 2022

India
India Is Reluctant to Condemn Russia. Its History With China Looms Large.

For India, Ukraine risks distracting from the rise of China and, at worst, bolstering it.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend the group photo session during the BRICS Summit in Xiamen