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December 17, 2014

Cuba
What Did President Obama Trade for Alan Gross?

There is wonderful news this morning: that Alan Gross is finally free, out of a Cuban prison and back on American soil. For his family, this is the answer to prayers and the right outcome to a long s…

April 29, 2014

Algeria’s Sad Inauguration

Abdelaziz Bouteflika was sworn in yesterday for his fourth term as President of Algeria, but there was no joy in Algiers or anywhere else in the country. Reuters reported that Bouteflika took the oa…

February 3, 2011

Egypt
Free Sandmonkey!

Events in Egypt are moving fast—and deteriorating faster. Here is the text of a post by Sandmonkey, the leading Egyptian blogger, who was arrested today, beaten, and then released. He recently tweets…

July 15, 2016

China
Friday Asia Update: Five Stories From the Week of July 15, 2016

Rachel Brown, Lincoln Davidson, Bochen Han, Theresa Lou, Gabriella Meltzer, and Gabriel Walker look at five stories from Asia this week. 1. Asia reacts to the South China Sea decision. The ruling of…

Philippines-decision-waiting

March 2, 2015

Vietnam
The Best Histories of the Vietnam War

Next Sunday marks the fiftieth anniversary of the arrival of the first American combat troops in Vietnam. It wasn’t a decision that President Lyndon Johnson had planned on making. True, the previous …

Vietnam War Books

November 7, 2014

United States
The History of the Cold War in 40 Quotes

On Monday, I posted my nominees for ten Cold War histories worth reading. But many people don’t have the time or patience to plow through comprehensive histories. So for TWE readers looking to save t…

Churchill-and-Truman

August 4, 2014

Defense and Security
TWE Remembers: The Gulf of Tonkin Incident

The USS Maddox was on alert on the evening of August 4, 1964 in the Gulf of Tonkin. Two nights earlier North Vietnamese patrol boats had attacked it without warning. The Maddox had driven them off wi…

Thewatersedge-LBJ-20140804

August 13, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Is the IMF Going to Save Ghana’s Troubled Economy?

This is a guest post by Cheryl Strauss Einhorn, a journalist and adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Long hailed as evidence of Africa’s growing political and …

Ghana IMF

December 16, 2013

Global
Ten Historical Anniversaries of Note in 2014

Anniversaries are how we mark the passage time of time, celebrate our triumphs, and honor our losses. Two thousand and thirteen had its share of historical anniversaries of note: the five hundredth a…

Pictures of victims of the 1994 Rwandan genocide on display at the Gisozi memorial in Kigali. (Radu Sigheti Pictures of the Year 2004/Courtesy Reuters)