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June 14, 2011

TWE Remembers: Happy Flag Day!

American flags seen at the Washington Monument. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters) Happy Flag Day everyone. Two hundred and thirty-four years ago today, the Second Continental Congress adopted the de…

American flags seen at the Washington Monument. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters)

June 23, 2011

Defense and Security
House Libya Vote Update

Speaker Boehner with members of the House Republican Caucus. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters) House Republican leaders have scrapped the concurrent resolution I discussed yesterday that would have direc…

Speaker Boehner with members of the House Republican Caucus. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters)

September 16, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: The Palestinian UN Statehood Gambit

Palestinians take part in a candle light rally to show support for the Palestinian bid for full United Nations membership on September 15, 2011. (Ammar Awad/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. The Pal…

Palestinians take part in a candle light rally to show support for the Palestinian bid for full United Nations membership this month, outside the Church of the Nativity, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, September 15, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

September 29, 2011

Admiral Michael Mullen: Farewell and Thank You

U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen testifies at the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill on February 2, 2010 (Jim Young/Courtesy Reuters). Tomorrow, th…

 U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen testifies at the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill on February 2, 2010 (Jim Young/Courtesy Reuters).

October 17, 2011

Monetary Policy
Can Monetary Policy Mitigate The Effects of Oil Shocks? A Follow-Up

I wrote a week ago about an old paper by Bernanke, Gertler, and Watson (BGW) that attributed much of the impact of past oil price shocks to the response of monetary policy. Jim Hamilton followed up t…

November 11, 2011

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
IAEA Delivers on Iran: Next Steps

Iran's Head of Atomic Energy Organization Fereyoun Abbasi-Davani attends the Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety in Vienna in June 2011. (Herwig Prammer/Courtesy Reuters) On Tuesday, the Un…

IAEA Delivers on Iran: Next Steps

December 16, 2011

Politics and Government
Friday File: More GOP Iran Tough Talk

Republican presidential candidates participate in a Republican presidential debate in Sioux City, Iowa, on December 15, 2011.(Pool/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Iran was the obligatory foreign p…

Republican presidential candidates (L-R), former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman participate in a Republican presidential debate in Sioux City, Iowa, December 15, 2011.

January 12, 2012

United States
Iranian Scientists and U.S. Targeted Killings

Driving in rush hour traffic yesterday morning in Tehran, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, chemical engineer and department supervisor at the Natanz uranium enrichment plant, was killed. Reportedly, two men on…

Bomb blast Tehran

November 4, 2011

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2012: Foreign Policy Roundup

The South Lawn of the White House. (Yuri Gripa/courtesy Reuters) Herman Cain continues to attract attention for his comments implying that China does not already have nuclear weapons. The GOP frontr…

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (C) jumps with four hundred children at an event on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington October 11, 2011 to launch a challenge to help break the Guinness World Records title for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period. To break the record, more than 20,000 people from around the world must perform jumping jacks for one minute. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

January 31, 2012

International Organizations
The United Nations Then and Now; and What it Means for Syria

This month marks the seventieth anniversary of the “United Nations.” Not as a formal organization—that would occur in San Francisco in 1945—but as a wartime alliance. After Pearl Harbor, President Fr…

The United Nations Then and Now; and What it Means for Syria