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March 16, 2011

China
Does the United States Have the Leverage to Press China to Become a Full Global Health Donor?

Mexican soldiers unload boxes with medical aid donated by China at the airport in Oaxaca, Mexico on May 5, 2009. (STR New/Courtesy Reuters) On March 11, I had a debate with Ambassador Jack Chow of C…

Mexican soldiers unload boxes with medical aid donated by China at the airport in Oaxaca, Mexico on May 5, 2009.

March 1, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
TWE Remembers: The Zimmermann Telegram

Ninety-four years ago today, the American public found out that Zimmermann, Germany’s foreign minister, had sent a telegram directing the German ambassador in Mexico City to ask Mexico to join German…

Zimmermann-Telegram

March 25, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Is Operation Odyssey Dawn Going to End Well?

A French fighter jet prepares to land at its military air base on the island of Corsica where France runs its military operation against Libya. (Jean-Paul Pelissier/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold…

A French fighter jet prepares to land at the military air base on the island of Corsica where France runs its military operation against Libya. (Jean-Paul Pelissier/courtsey Reuters)

May 3, 2011

Fossil Fuels
Are Speculators to Blame for High Oil Prices? Part II

I received some thoughtful (offline) responses to my post yesterday on the impact of speculators on oil prices – or, to be more precise, the relationship between financial and physical oil markets. O…

May 27, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Libya Bombing Intensifies

A Libyan warship damaged by NATO airstrikes. (Louafi Larbi/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. President Obama said back in March that “broadening our military mission to include regime change [in Lib…

A Libyan warship damaged by NATO airstrikes in Tripoli’s sea port on May 20, 2011.

June 10, 2011

Politics and Government
Friday File: Foreign Policy and the 2012 Election

An American flag flown from the USS Monterey. (Bogdan Cristel/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Most presidential elections turn on domestic issues rather than foreign policy ones. The 2012 election…

An American flag flown from the USS Monterey.

April 8, 2011

Defense and Security
The Justice Department Defends President Obama on Libya

The American flag flies next to a statue of the scales of justice at the U.S. Court House in Alexandria, VA. (Win McNamee/courtesy Reuters) The Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel released …

The American flag flies next to a statue of the scales of justice at the U.S. Court House in Alexandria, VA.

June 17, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Is NATO Headed for History’s Ash Heap?

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates addresses a news conference at the end of a NATO defense ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels on June 9, 2011. (Thierry Roge/courtesy Reuters) …

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates addresses a news conference at the end of a NATO defence ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels on June 9, 2011. (Thierry Roge/courtesy Reuters)

July 1, 2011

United States
Don’t Tread on Me: July 4th and U.S. Sovereignty

AVIATION ORDINANCE CHIEF SPRAYS 'JACK' FLAG ON BOARD THE USS CONSTELLATION IN THE GULF (John Schults/Courtesy Reuters) Don’t Tread on Me: July 4th and U.S. Sovereignty As the nation celebra…

Don’t Tread on Me: July 4th and U.S. Sovereignty

June 15, 2011

Defense and Security
Obama Answers Boehner on Libya

President Barack Obama walks to board Marine One on the South Lawn at the White House. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters) President Obama didn’t take long to answer Speaker Boehner’s letter yesterday want…

President Barack Obama walks to board Marine One on the South Lawn at the White House. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters)