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The Nelson and David Rockefeller Chair in Latin America Studies

The Rockefeller chair helps to provide the best possible analysis of current developments in Latin America and creates forums for the rational discussion of policy options.

May 9, 2016

United States
Anxious Politics: A Conversation with Shana Kushner Gadarian

How do threats portrayed in the media imprint on the human mind? Why do people seek out threatening information in the news? How do they perceive of these threats and what protective policies do they…

Anxious Politics

May 9, 2016

Social Issues
Anxious Politics: A Conversation with Shana Kushner Gadarian

How do threats portrayed in the media imprint on the human mind? Why do people seek out threatening information in the news? How do they perceive of these threats and what protective policies do they…

Podcast Anxious politics

August 24, 2016

United States
Remembering the Vietnam "Coup Cable"

Things usually slow down in Washington in August. Congress goes into recess, and Washingtonians who can leave town do. But this predictable lull in government activity doesn’t mean that policymaking …

Cable Coup Final

June 2, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Surge of Insurgency/Terrorism in Recent Times: Social and Economic Consequences

The following text is the entirety of John Campbell’s speech delivered at the Nigeria Summit on National Security held by the Council on African Security and Development in Abuja, Nigeria, on May 25,…

Nigeria Speech

January 20, 2016

United States
Robert M. Gates on Civic Duty and U.S. National Security

Robert Gates discusses civic duty and leadership, and addresses the future of U.S. national security and defense.

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July 21, 2015

Oceans and Seas
Turning the Tide on Global Ocean Acidification

Last night I had the honor to participate in a great New York event—the announcement of the winners of the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPrize, presented by Foreign Affairs LIVE. Two years ago, the XPr…

A scuba diver swims near a school of swirling jacks off the coast of Bali, Indonesia, in May 2011.

March 8, 2015

Vietnam
TWE Remembers: The First U.S. Combat Troops Arrive in Vietnam

Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the arrival of the first American combat troops in Vietnam. On March 8, 1965, 3,500 Marines of the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade arrived in Da Nang to prote…

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October 19, 2012

Defense and Security
TWE Remembers: JFK Campaigns While the ExCom Debates Cuba (Cuban Missile Crisis, Day Four)

Presidents aren’t just government leaders, they are also party leaders. So they frequently leave the White House in the weeks before midterm congressional elections to campaign for their fellow party…

Abraham Lincoln's tomb which President John F. Kennedy visited after speaking at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on October 19, 1962. (Frank Polich/ courtesy Reuters)

October 16, 2012

United States
TWE Remembers: The Executive Committee of the National Security Council (Cuban Missile Crisis)

One of the first decisions that President John F. Kennedy made when he learned of the Soviet missiles in Cuba was to assemble a small group of senior administration officials to give him advice. That…

President John F. Kennedy meets with members of the Executive Committee of the National Security Council (ExCom) regarding the crisis in Cuba on October 29, 1962.  (Cecil Stoughton. White House Photographs. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston)