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January 9, 2012

Defense and Security
Iran’s Nuclear Program: What Intelligence Would Suffice?

In August 2006, I wrote a piece for the Washington Post, “Share the Evidence on Iran,” which called on the George W. Bush administration to declassify the main findings of a National Intelligence Est…

Fordo nuclear site

February 16, 2012

Turkey
Guest Post: Sibling Rivalry

There is a Middle Eastern country that lately finds itself enmeshed in a large degree of controversy.  A non-Arab democracy founded by a cadre of westernizing secularists, it has committed a number o…

Sibling-Rivalry

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 14, 2012

Wonk Writing Today

In his excellent book published in 1999, Disarming Strangers: Nuclear Diplomacy with North Korea, Leon Sigal chronicles the Clinton administration’s confrontation with Pyongyang over its nuclear prog…

Lagarde on Twitter

June 8, 2012

United States
A Brief History of National Security Leaks

In today’s White House press briefing, President Obama responded to claims that his administration permitted the unauthorized leaking of classified information, particularly regarding U.S. targeted k…

Obama briefing room

October 29, 2012

Turkey
Guest Post: Kurdish Issue,Turkish Problem

My friend and colleague, Dov Friedman, was nice enough to guest post while I’m convalescing from a recent injury. Enjoy. Over the last six months, the Turkish military and the Kurdistan Worker’s Par…

TurkeyKurd_Cropped

February 15, 2013

TWE Celebrates Presidents’ Day

Monday is 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. Enjoy the three-day w…

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)

June 14, 2013

China
Friday Asia Update: Top Five Stories for the Week of June 14, 2013

Sharone Tobias and Will Piekos look at the top five stories in Asia this week. There will be no Friday Asia Update next week, June 21st.  1. Leaked NSA information could hurt U.S.-China ties; Snowde…

Protesters supporting Edward Snowden, a contractor at the National Security Agency (NSA), chant slogans as they march to the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong on June 13, 2013. (Bobby Yip/Courtesy Reuters)

December 3, 2013

Nigeria
More–and Less–on the Boko Haram Attack on Nigeria’s Maiduguri Airport

Despite the news blackout and 24/7 curfew in Maiduguri following Monday’s Boko Haram attack on military facilities, a few details on the incident are emerging. Leadership is saying that the Boko Hara…

Africa - Nigerian Army - Army Day

February 17, 2014

TWE Celebrates Presidents’ Day

Today is 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. If you are lucky enoug…

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)