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October 19, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Richard Joseph on Nigeria and Insecurity

Undated handout image courtesy of the U.S. Air Force shows a MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft. (Ho New/Courtesy Reuters) Richard Joseph, the John Evans professor of political science at Northwestern …

Richard Joseph on Nigeria and Insecurity

March 3, 2015

International Organizations
The State of Global Governance: A Conversation with Joseph Nye

Last month, at the International Studies Association 2015 Annual Conference in New Orleans, I had the pleasure of moderating a discussion on the state of global governance with Joseph S. Nye Jr., Har…

A view of the United Nations Security Council during a meeting on the Ebola crisis in October 2014.

February 9, 2011

Politics and Government
TWE Remembers: Joseph McCarthy’s Wheeling Speech

Sixty-one years ago tonight Sen. Joseph McCarthy gave the speech to the Republican Women’s Club of Wheeling, West Virginia that ushered in the ugly era of McCarthyism. McCarthy was beginning his f…

Senate Resolution 301: Censure of Senator Joseph McCarthy.

February 23, 2022

China
Putin’s Aggression Against Ukraine Deals a Blow to China’s Hopes for Taiwan

China’s support for Russia risks working against its desire to bring Taiwan under its control.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, June 5, 2019.

July 20, 2021

Democratic Republic of Congo
Political Uncertainty in DRC Highlights Need for Sustained Outside Attention

Back in 2019, the international community acquiesced to undemocratic dealmaking that preempted the will of Congolese voters and brought current President Felix Tshisekedi to power. President Tshisekedi, who has been extremely clear about his intention to seek a second term, has been more ambiguous about whether elections slated for December 2023 will occur on time.

Current President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Felix Tshisekedi and his predecessor Joseph Kabila sit on plush orange seats while wearing suits in apparent conversation.

June 10, 2022

Global
The World Next Week: What to Read and Listen to This Summer

The annual summer entertainment recommendations from The World Next Week podcast.

Three books next to each other on a light blue background. From left to right: Putin's People, by Catherine Belton; Say Nothing, by Patrick Radden Keefe; and The Four Ages of American Foreign Policy, by Michael Mandelbaum.

May 3, 2022

United States
James K. Galbraith: Can American-led Global Financial Capitalism Survive?

Trust in the U.S.-led economic and geopolitical order has been eroding. The Russian invasion of Ukraine and the U.S. response to it, whatever its merits, may be the last straw for the global monopoly…

G7 summit in Brussels

March 10, 2022

Democratic Republic of Congo
Conspiracy and Mistrust Poison Congolese Politics

Major powers are ever-more aware of Congo’s importance as they jockey for access to Congolese minerals vital to a clean energy transition and wake up to the global importance of Congo’s carbon sinks. But the will of the Congolese people—and their ability to determine the course of their country—remains stifled.

The incoming and outgoing Congolese presidents stand wearing official dress next to their wives. A group of officials and other individuals stand behind them.

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.

April 13, 2022

Afghanistan
How to Protect the Hope for Girls' Education in Afghanistan

The Taliban, heavily influenced by the Haqqanis, will continue using Afghan girls’ education as a bargaining chip on matters such as international recognition, financial sanctions, and aid.

A 4th grade primary school student attends a class in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 26, 2021.