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November 3, 2014

United States
Ten Histories of the Cold War Worth Reading

Sunday marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. For those of us who grew up during the Cold War it was an unforgettable moment—one we hoped for but didn’t necessarily expect…

Berlin-Wall

April 8, 2010

Chechnya
Chechen Terrorism (Russia, Chechnya, Separatist)

Chechnya has been plagued by two wars and an ongoing insurgency since the fall of the Soviet Union. In recent years, Chechen militants have escalated attacks in the North Caucasus and revived bombing…

November 7, 2014

United States
The History of the Cold War in 40 Quotes

On Monday, I posted my nominees for ten Cold War histories worth reading. But many people don’t have the time or patience to plow through comprehensive histories. So for TWE readers looking to save t…

Churchill-and-Truman

November 4, 2014

Russia
What Kept the Cold War "Cold"?

Graham T. Allison of Harvard's Kennedy School, Jeremi Suri of the University of Texas at Austin, and William Taubman of Amherst College join Foreign Affairs editor Gideon Rose to discuss Cold War con…

November 4, 2014

Russia
What Kept the Cold War "Cold"?

Graham T. Allison of Harvard's Kennedy School, Jeremi Suri of the University of Texas at Austin, and William Taubman of Amherst College join Foreign Affairs editor Gideon Rose to discuss Cold War con…

March 4, 2014

International Organizations
At Stake in Ukraine: The Future of World Order

British Foreign Secretary William Hague has aptly labeled Ukraine the “biggest crisis in Europe in the twenty-first century.” Indeed, he could have gone further. The Russian intervention will reverb…

June 2, 2008

Iran
Negotiating with Hostile States

Whether to engage heads of rogue states, a perennial foreign policy dilemma, has emerged in the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign.

June 10, 2013

Defense and Security
TWE Remembers: JFK’s "Strategy of Peace" Speech

Commencement addresses have figured prominently in American foreign policy. Whether it was FDR ending the pretense that the United States would remain rigidly neutral in World War II in a speech at t…

President John F. Kennedy delivers the commencement address at American University on June 10, 1963 (Cecil Stoughton. White House Photographs. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston).

October 28, 2012

Defense and Security
TWE Remembers: Kennedy and Khrushchev Agree to a Deal (Cuban Missile Crisis, Day Thirteen)

Sunday, October 28, 1962 was a beautiful fall day in Washington, DC. After a cold start, the mercury hit 71 degrees, six degrees above normal. The sun shone brightly, and the breeze was mild. The wea…

Members of the ExCom outside the Oval Office during the Cuban Missile Crisis. From left to right: Special Assistant to the President for National Security McGeorge Bundy, President John F. Kennedy, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Paul Nitze, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Maxwell D. Taylor, and Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara.  (Cecil Stoughton. White House Photographs. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston).

June 28, 2007

Russia
Russia’s Soviet Past Still Haunts Relations with West

President Vladimir Putin continues to downplay atrocities by Stalin. Some see Russia’s refusal to come to grips with its Soviet past haunting relations with the West.