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January 24, 2012

North Korea
Lessons Learned: The Seizure of the USS Pueblo

CFR’s James M. Lindsay remembers the seizure of the USS Pueblo in 1968 and discusses the idea that raw power does not always ensure success in foreign policy.

January 30, 2012

Vietnam
Lessons Learned: The Tet Offensive

CFR’s James M. Lindsay recalls the 1968 Tet Offensive in Vietnam and the importance of managing public expectations amid major foreign policy initiatives.

February 7, 2012

South Africa
Lessons Learned: Nelson Mandela’s Release from Prison

CFR’s James M. Lindsay discusses Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in February 1990 and his subsequent rise to the presidency to show how individuals shape history.

February 14, 2012

China
Lessons Learned: Richard Nixon Goes to China

CFR’s James M. Lindsay remembers Richard Nixon’s historic trip to China in 1972 and discusses the importance of diplomacy in international relations.

February 21, 2012

United States
Lessons Learned: Japanese-American Internment During WWII

CFR’s James M. Lindsay recalls the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II and discusses the balance between civil liberties and national security.

February 28, 2012

United States
Lessons Learned: The Articles of Confederation

CFR’s James M. Lindsay remembers the ratification of the Articles of Confederation and discusses the difficulty inherent in writing a workable constitution.

March 6, 2012

Japan
Lessons Learned: The Firebombing of Tokyo

CFR’s James M. Lindsay remembers the firebombing of Tokyo during World War II and discusses the destructive power of conventional weapons.

March 13, 2012

Germany
Lessons Learned: Hitler’s Rearmament of Germany

CFR’s James M. Lindsay remembers Adolf Hitler’s announcement in 1935 that he would reintroduce conscription in Germany, and discusses instances when a country should be confronted rather than accommo…

March 20, 2012

Japan
Lessons Learned: Tokyo Sarin Gas Attack

CFR’s James M. Lindsay remembers the sarin gas attack on Tokyo’s subway on March 20, 1995 by a religious cult, and discusses how technological advances increasingly mean that governments are no longe…

March 27, 2012

United States
Lessons Learned: LBJ Announces He Will Not Seek Reelection

CFR’s James M. Lindsay remembers President Lyndon B. Johnson’s announcement on March 31, 1968, that he would not seek reelection, and discusses the damage that foreign policy can do to a presidency.