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June 5, 2012

United States
TWE Remembers: The Marshall Plan

Most commencement addresses are forgettable. The speaker gives some advice on how to live a productive life, advice that typically means more to the wistful parents in the audience recalling the mist…

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December 31, 2010

United States
TWE Remembers: George C. Marshall

When I taught “American Foreign Policy” (30:061) at the University of Iowa (Go Hawkeyes!) students would occasionally ask me which American policymaker I most admired.  I never knew whether the quest…

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November 6, 2019

Election 2020
The President’s Inbox: Should the United States Do Less Overseas?

The latest episode of The President’s Inbox is now live. The Iowa caucuses, the formal start of the presidential nominating process, are just three months away. Given that elections matter for U.S. f…

An American flag flies on the edge of the Atlantic ocean.

October 30, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Bill Weld, Republican Presidential Candidate

Update: Bill Weld announced on March 18, 2020, that he was ending his campaign.  Bill Weld was the first Republican to officially announce he would challenge Donald Trump for the Republican presid…

Bill Weld

October 24, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Mark Sanford, Republican Presidential Candidate

Update: Mark Sanford announced on November 12, 2019, that he was ending the campaign.  Donald Trump’s approval rating among Republican voters hovers around 90 percent. Numbers that high normally m…

Mark Sanford

April 17, 2018

China
'The China Mission: George Marshall’s Unfinished War, 1945–1947'

Daniel Kurtz-Phelan discusses his new book, The China Mission: George Marshall’s Unfinished War, 1945-1947, a narrative history of a hugely consequential, but largely forgotten episode in the history…

Play Dwight D. Eisenhower sitting in the back of a jeep with General George C. Marshall

February 13, 2018

Economics
'The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War' by Benn Steil

Benn Steil discusses his new book, The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War.

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September 10, 2019

International Organizations
See How Much You Know About the Immediate Postwar Period

Test your knowledge of the immediate postwar period, including the Marshall Plan and the creation of the United Nations. 

U.S. President Harry S. Truman and Secretary of State Edward R. Stettinius, Jr., shake hands at the signing of the United Nations Charter in 1945.

September 24, 2019

Donald Trump
Patriot Games: President Trump Again Puts the “Nation” in United Nations

Though Trump’s tone was solemn and even-keeled, the overall thrust of his UN General Assembly speech was of transactional nationalism, emphasizing the importance of pursuing national interests and co…

U.S. President Donald J. Trump addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, NY on September 24, 2019.

August 26, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Bernie Sanders, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Is the second time the charm? Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders certainly hopes so. Back in 2016, the self-proclaimed democratic socialist gave heavily favored Hillary Clinton a surprisingly tough run f…

Bernie Sanders