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November 1, 2010

United States
Peace Process?

I have it on good authority, which in Washington means that I read it in Laura Rozen’s foreign policy blog at Politico and confirmed it through various conversations with colleagues who had coffee …

Peace Process?

November 10, 2010

Politics and Government
Politics at the Water’s Edge

“Politics stops at the water’s edge.” It’s a time honored maxim of American politics, often invoked and seldom obeyed. The latter is hardly surprising. Americans disagree, at times bitterly and …

Politics at the Water’s Edge

December 8, 2010

United States
I Still Don’t Get It

Sorry for the light posting recently - I am finishing up my book on Egyptian politics. But I could not resist responding to  today’s headline on the settlements. Like I said a few weeks ago, I don’…

I Still Don’t Get It

December 17, 2010

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: The New START End Game

Above the Fold. It’s fish or cut bait time on the New START Treaty.  All signs point to a vote by next Wednesday.  Based on the strong vote this week to start the debate, supporters are optimistic…

Friday File: The New START End Game

December 16, 2010

Thailand
More Reading the Wikileaks Cables: Thailand’s Monarchy

A woman holds a portrait of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej on his 83rd birthday in Bangkok. (Chaiwat Subprasom/Courtesy Reuters) The latest bunch of released Wikileaks cables, online at the …

A woman holds a portrait of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej on his 83rd birthday in Bangkok

November 24, 2010

Defense and Security
TWE Quick Takes

There’s no Friday File this week. The next few days will be devoted to eating turkey and watching football. Three things before I head off: 1. My good friend and frequent co-author, Ivo Daalder…

TWE Quick Takes

February 21, 2011

TWE Celebrates Presidents’ Day Because It Is the Day of Presidents

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) Being president o…

 U.S. President George W. Bush meets with former Presidents and President-elect Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, January 2009.

January 18, 2011

Politics and Government
TWE Quick Takes: GOP Presidential Hopefuls

U.S. Senator John Thune (R-SD) walks to his office after meeting with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, December 21, 2010. (Jonathan Ernst/ courtesy Reuters) Thank g…

TWE Quick Takes: GOP Presidential Hopefuls

December 7, 2010

Sub-Saharan Africa
On the Brink

I attended a two day colloquium on Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nigeria at Brown University that among other things celebrated Chinua Achebe’s 80th birthday. This was the second…

On the Brink

February 25, 2011

Politics and Government
Friday File: Washington Braces for the Showdown over the Government Shutdown

Senate Budget Committee Ranking member Jeff Sessions and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan speak in response to President Barack Obama's Fiscal Year 2010 budget in Washington. (Jason Reed…

Senate Budget Committee Ranking member Jeff Sessions and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan speak in response to President Barack Obama’s Fiscal Year 2010 budget in Washington