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September 30, 2008

Financial Markets
Do not doubt that this is a real crisis: more on Fed’s balance sheet

My colleague at the Council on Foreign Relations, Paul Swartz, has graphed the shift in the composition of the Fed’s balance sheet. The Fed has extended a lot of credit to the financial system -- …


February 28, 2011

Political Movements
Fathers and Sons

Saif al-Islam, son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, gestures as he speaks during an interview on state television, in this still image taken from video on February 24, 2011 (Reuters/Courtesy Reuters…

Fathers and Sons

January 25, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Rising Violence and Stalled Peace in Darfur

Women with children walk near a soldier of Darfur's joint U.N./African Union UNAMID peacekeeping force outside the UNAMID team site in Khor Abeche, 83 km (52 miles) northeast on Nyala (south Darf…

Rising Violence and Stalled Peace in Darfur

July 14, 2011

In the New Sudans, History Dies Hard

The flag of South Sudan (C) flies after the United Nations General Assembly voted on South Sudan's membership to the United Nations at UN headquarters in New York July 14, 2011. (Shannon Stapleto…

In the New Sudans, History Dies Hard

October 20, 2011

Defense and Security
Qaddafi’s Dead, Libya’s Challenges Remain

Anti-Gaddafi fighters ride in a vehicle trailed by an image of Muammar al-Qaddafi after the fall of Sirte on October 20, 2011. (Esam Al-Fetori/courtesy Reuters) Muammar al-Qaddafi died today as he r…

Anti-Gaddafi fighters gesture as they ride in a vehicle, trailed by an image of Muammar Gaddafi, after the fall of Sirte in the town October 20, 2011. Gaddafi was killed on Thursday as Libya’s new leaders declared they had overrun the last bastion of his long rule, sparking wild celebrations that eight months of war may finally be over. Details of the death near Sirte of the fallen strongman were hazy but it was announced by several officials of the National Transitional Council (NTC) and backed up by a photograph of a bloodied face ringed by familiar, Gaddafi-style curly hair. REUTERS/Esam Al-Fetori

October 17, 2011

Defense and Security
TWE Remembers: The Battle of Saratoga

  What is the most pivotal day in American history? July 4, 1776? July 3, 1863? December 7, 1941? September 11, 2001? All are good choices to be sure. But my money is on October 17, 1777. That’s t…

Battle of Saratoga

October 14, 2011

Striking Findings in Jordan

A member of the Daaja Jordanian Bedouin tribe holds a poster of Jordanian king Abdullah as he performs during a rally to celebrate the king's birthday in Amman (Ali Jarekji/Courtesy Reuters). Wi…

Striking Findings in Jordan

February 25, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Israel, Food Aid, and the Iranian Nuclear Program

International Atomic Energy Agency, Report on the Islamic Republic of Iran (PDF), February 24, 2012. Ehud Eiran, “What Happens After Israel Attacks Iran,” Foreign Affairs, February 23, 2012. …

Homs tank

May 25, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Yemen, Drone Wars, and More

2011 Human Rights Report: Yemen, U.S. Department of State, May 24, 2012. The government also employed air strikes against rebellious tribes in Nihm and Arhab. Human rights observers and local reside…

Military band

June 18, 2012

United States
TWE Remembers: The War of 1812

Some dates in American history stand out. Mention April 12, 1861, December 7, 1941, or September 11, 2001 and most people know what historical event you have in mind. Ask what happened on June 18, 18…

War of 1812