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July 31, 2020

United States
TWE Remembers: The Taft-Katsura Memorandum

The question of how the United States should respond to the rise of China has dominated the foreign policy debate in recent years. Democrats and Republicans alike agree that the days of cooperative e…

Taft Katsura

July 31, 2020

Media
Five Foreign-Policy Movies Worth Watching About Journalists

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films that feature journalists.

Movie posters clockwise from top left: Foreign Correspondent/Amazon; Salvador/IMDB; Reds/Roger Ebert; The Killing Fields/Amazon; The Post/20th Century Studios; The Year of Living Dangerously/Amazon.

July 30, 2020

United States
TWE Remembers: Vice Presidents on Being Vice President

Former Vice President and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden says he will announce his choice for his vice presidential nominee next week. That has spurred one last burst in the qu…

VP seal

July 28, 2020

Southeast Asia
The Implications of the Najib Razak Case

On Tuesday (Malaysia time), a Malaysian court found former Prime Minister Najib tun Razak guilty on seven counts of corruption, and sentenced him to twelve years in jail and a nearly $50 million fine…

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak leaves Kuala Lumpur High Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 28, 2020.

July 28, 2020

South Africa
Andrew Mlangeni, Mandela Ally and Anti-Apartheid Hero, Dies in South Africa

Andrew Mlangeni was the last living defendant of the 1963 Rivonia trial, which resulted in the sentencing of Andrew and ten others, among them, Ahmed Kathrada, Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki and, most famously, Nelson Mandela.

Andrew Mlageni, an aged, bald man with glasses, sits at a dais. His name is on a lit-up placard in front of him, as is a thin microphone. He is speaking.

July 28, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
TWE Book and Film Recommendations

Over the decade since I began blogging at The Water’s Edge I have periodically recommended books to read and films to watch. I have also occasionally asked colleagues to recommend books and movies. G…

https://www.cfr.org/blog/twe-book-and-film-recommendations

July 23, 2020

Economics
Revisiting the Ides of March, Part III: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

This is a guest blog by Josh Younger, an interest rate strategist at J.P. Morgan. Joshua Younger is employed by the Research Department of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. All views expressed in this forum ar…

Revisiting the Ides of March, Part III: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

July 23, 2020

Southeast Asia
Do Thailand’s Weekend Protests Signal Renewed Opposition Energy?

Last weekend in Thailand, protestors demanding changes in the Thai constitution, new elections, an end to harassment of activists and other government critics, the reduction of the role of the army i…

Protesters raise their hands during a protest demanding the resignation of the government, defying the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions on large gatherings in one of the largest demonstrations since a 2014 army coup in Bangkok, Thailand on July 18, 2020.

July 22, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
Amid Major Transformations, Africa Will Play An Important Role In Shaping the Future

From the dismal domestic disarray that continues to sicken and kill Americans across the country to the dysfunction at the UN Security Council and brittle fractures in international cooperation, it i…

Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed arrive for the opening of the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and the Government of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 9, 2020.

July 21, 2020

Media
Are OTT Platforms Abusing Their Market Power?

The chief executives of some of the world’s most dominant technology companies will appear before the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee on July 27. Congress should press them to operate in ways …

U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) speaks to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) during a meeting of the House Judiciary Committee.