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April 22, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: The Globe Warms and the People Chill

  A male polar bear waits for an ice sheet to form to allow migration in an area about 300km north of Churchill, Canada on November 17, 2009. (Iain D. Williams/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Tod…

A male polar bear waits for an ice sheet to form to allow migration in an area about 300km north of Churchill, Canada on November 17, 2009.

January 6, 2012

Middle East Matters This Week: Bombs, More Bombs, and Peace Talks

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. At least twenty-five people were killed, and dozens more injured, by a bomb attack in Damascus today. It was the second bombing to take place in Syria’s c…

People gather around damaged cars at the site of an explosion in the Maidan district of Damascus January 6, 2012, in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA. A suicide bomber killed several people and wounded dozens in central Damascus on Friday, Syrian state television said.

February 24, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa Program Update

This is hopefully the beginning of semi-regular informal updates of what’s going on with the Ralph Bunche Chair here at the Council on Foreign Relations Africa program. We recently hired a new in…

April 19, 2011

United States
TWE Remembers: The Battle of Lexington and Concord

On April 19, 1775, the first shots of the American Revolution were fired at Lexington and Concord. Ralph Waldo Emerson captured the significance of that day in a poem he wrote for the July 4, 1837 ce…

Daniel Chester French’s Minuteman Statue in Concord, MA. (Detroit Publishing Company/courtesy the Library of Congress)

April 1, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Princeton N. Lyman Appointed to Sudan Special Envoy

UN and U.S. Special Envoy Officials pose with election materials that include voter registration kits, manuals and cards of referendum materials that were handed over in Khartoum October 30, 2010. (M…

Princeton N. Lyman Appointed to Sudan Special Envoy

January 17, 2012

Japan
Is It Time for the U.S.-Japan-South Korea Virtual Alliance to Get Real?

Today’s meeting among U.S., Japanese, and South Korean envoys to discuss policy coordination toward North Korea is a welcome step forward that builds on a foreign ministers’ meeting held in Washingto…

SK nuclear envoy Lim Sung-nam and Japanese counterpart Shinsuke Sugiyama_Courtesy Yonghap News

November 16, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Chinua Achebe Refuses National Honor

Nigerian author Chinua Achebe gestures during a news conference held during Frankfurt bookfair October 12, 2002. (Ralph Orlowski/Courtesy Reuters) Today, November 16, is acclaimed Nigerian author Ch…

Chinua Achebe Refuses National Honor

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 16, 2012

United States
TWE Remembers: Learning More About the Cuban Missile Crisis

The Cuban missile crisis brought the United States and the Soviet Union closer to nuclear war than any other event during the Cold War. President John F. Kennedy put the odds of war at “somewhere bet…

A U-2 photograph of an MRBM Field Launch Site in San Cristobal, Cuba. (Dino A. Brugioni Collection, The National Security Archive, Washington, DC)

October 16, 2012

United States
TWE Remembers: JFK Learns that Soviet Missiles Are in Cuba (Cuban Missile Crisis, Day One)

Hillary Clinton famously ran a political attack ad during the 2008 primary campaign saying that a president had to be prepared for a 3:00 a.m. phone call saying that something bad had happened overse…

Map of Cuba annotated by President John F. Kennedy during his first CIA briefing on October 16, 1962.  The map is displayed at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, Massachusetts. (Brian Snyder/ courtesy Reuters)