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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.

July 12, 2011

China
CFR’s Independent Task Force: Global Brazil and U.S.-Brazil Relations

Today the Council on Foreign Relations is releasing its independent Task Force report, “Global Brazil and U.S.-Brazil Relations”. Although there were some differences of opinion among Task Force memb…

U.S. President Barack Obama and Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff toast during lunch in Brasilia

July 12, 2011

International Organizations
UNSC Reform: Making Room for Brazil

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon talks to Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff during their meeting at Planalto Palace in Brasilia (Ueslei Marcelino/ Courtesy Reuters). The Internationalist has s…

UNSC Reform: Making Room for Brazil

January 24, 2012

Politics and Government
Some State of the Union Trivia

If you are wondering how much time to set aside to watch tonight’s State of the Union address, figure on about one hour and five minutes. And if you are also wondering about the over/under on the num…

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February 20, 2012

TWE Celebrates Presidents’ Day

It is a TWE tradition to recognize the forty-three men—and they have all been men—who have been president on Presidents’ day with the following essay: A few presidents have loved the job. Teddy Roos…

President George W. Bush meets with former Presidents and President-elect Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, January 2009. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters)

March 19, 2012

Cuba
Cuba: Another View

The views of my CFR colleague Julia Sweig on Cuba appear in an interview posted on our web site here under the title “The Frozen US-Cuba Relationship.” Ms. Sweig sees massive changes occurring in Cu…

March 23, 2012

Defense and Security
The World Next Week: Arab League Meets and Obama Visits Korea

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the Arab League summit in Baghdad; President Obama’s visit to the Denuclearized Military Zone (DMZ) on the Korean Peninsula as part of h…

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March 23, 2012

Friday File: Cherry Trees Blossom in Washington, DC

Above the Fold. Washington, DC, owes a huge debt of gratitude to Tokyo. It was one hundred years ago next Tuesday that Japan’s largest city gave our nation’s capital 3,000 cherry trees to plant along…

The cherry blossom trees around the Tidal Basin are in full bloom in Washington, DC. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters)

April 2, 2012

United States
TWE Remembers: Woodrow Wilson Asks Congress to Declare War on Germany

Presidents win elections by making promises to voters. But keeping those promises can prove impossible to do. Just ask Woodrow Wilson. He won reelection in November 1916 on a pledge to keep the Unite…

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April 13, 2012

Defense and Security
Friday File: How Will Obama Respond to the North Korea Missile Test?

Above the Fold. Despite warnings from President Obama that there would be “consequences,” North Korea went ahead and launched a ballistic missile to honor the 100th birthday of the country’s founder,…

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