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January 26, 2017

International Organizations
Trump’s UN Executive Order Would Cut Off America’s Nose to Spite Its Face

As first reported in yesterday’s New York Times, President Donald J. Trump’s White House has prepared two executive orders that would slash U.S. funding for the United Nations and place a moratorium …


November 15, 2016

United States
Donald Trump’s Global Agenda: What Have You Got to Lose?

Donald J. Trump’s election as U.S. president could have seismic consequences for international cooperation. During the campaign, the candidate signaled his intent to shake up established U.S. foreign…


January 7, 2011

Four More Years

Israel's PM Netanyahu hugs Meir Dagan, the outgoing director of Israel's spy agency Mossad, at the cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. (Ronen Zvulun/Courtesy Reuters) Yesterday the legendary Meir …

Four More Years

December 15, 2016

United States
Rising Sea Levels and the Threat to U.S. Coastal Areas

As sea levels rise around the world, experts discuss the adaptation policies for U.S. coastal cities and the budgetary and national security implications of rising sea levels on U.S. coastal communit…

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November 4, 2010

What do the 2010 Elections Mean for Asia?

Since the election, I have been fielding numerous emails and phone calls from Asian friends and reporters interested in whether the sweeping changes in the House of Representatives, governors’ mans…

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), who broke down in tears during his speech, gives a thumbs up at the end of his address to a Republican election night results watch rally in Washington

December 9, 2010

Politics and Government
TWE Quick Takes

Cold weather and high winds yesterday along the New York-Washington corridor played havoc with my travel schedule.  One benefit of the travel delay was that I caught up on some reading.  Three piec…

TWE Quick Takes

September 1, 2011

International Organizations
Temper Tantrum: The GOP’s Latest Assault on the UN

U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida answers reporters' questions during a news conference at the Presidential House in Tegucigalpa (Oswaldo Rivas/ Courtesy Reuters)   For a case…

Temper Tantrum: The GOP’s Latest Assault on the UN

July 12, 2013

Military Operations
You Might Have Missed: Syria Aid, Drones in Africa, and the Bin Laden Raid

Quinnipiac University, “American Voters Say 2-1 Stay Out Of Syria, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Drop In Foreign Policy Approval Keeps Obama Score Low,” July 11, 2013. Eric Schmit…

You Might Have Missed: Syria Aid, Drones in Africa, and the Bin Laden Raid

August 2, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Annan’s Resignation, Syria’s Escalation, and Egypt’s Plodding Government Formation

Significant Middle East Developments Annan Resignation. Kofi Annan, the UN and Arab League envoy for Syria, tendered his resignation today, having served in the position since late February. In a st…

UN-Arab League mediator Kofi Annan addresses a news conference at the United Nations in Geneva on August 2, 2012 (Denis Balibous/Courtesy Reuters).

January 13, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
The World Next Week: Iran Talks and Hu Travels

The North American International Auto show in Detroit. (Mark Blinch/courtesy Reuters) The podcast for The World Next Week is up. Bob McMahon and I sat down to talk about the upcoming P5 + 1 talks wi…

The North American International Auto show in Detroit.