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February 22, 2011

North Korea
If Failure to Stabilize Inter-Korean Relations Becomes Permanent . . .

South Korea's chief nuclear envoy Wi Sung-lac speaks to the media upon his arrival at Beijing airport February 10, 2011 for talks on North Korea. (Courtesy Reuters/Jason Lee) If this is the cas…

South Korea’s chief nuclear envoy Wi Sung-lac speaks to the media at Beijing airport

February 17, 2011

The World Next Week: Egypt Fever Continues to Spread in the Middle East

Government backers hurl rocks at anti-government protesters during clashes in Sanaa February 17, 2011. (Ammar Awad/courtesy Reuters) The podcast for The World Next Week is up. Bob McMahon and I disc…

Government backers hurl rocks at anti-government protesters during clashes in Sanaa February 17, 2011. Hundreds of Yemen government loyalists wielding batons and daggers chased off a small group of protesters trying to kick off a seventh day of rallies on Thursday to demand their president end his thirty-two year rule. (Ammar Awad/ courtesy Reuters)

March 1, 2011

North Korea
Time for a Comprehensive, Proactive North Korea Policy

Jack Pritchard was the President of the Korea Economic Institute and was formerly ambassador and special envoy for negotiations with North Korea. Last year I was privileged to co-chair the Council o…

North Korea Denounces UN Punishment

February 9, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
TWE Remembers: Enrique Dupuy de Lôme

WikiLeaks exposed the private communications of American diplomats to public scrutiny. While we flatter ourselves with the conceit that leaked cables are a new problem, they aren’t. On this day in 18…

de Lome Letter

March 23, 2011

Japan
Operation Tomodachi

Sailors load food and humanitarian supplies onto a helicopter aboard the USS Ronald Reagan which is off the coast of Japan, providing humanitarian assistance as directed in support of Operation Tomod…

Sailors load food and humanitarian supplies onto a helicopter aboard the USS Ronald Reagan which is off the coast of Japan providing humanitarian assistance as directed in support of Operation Tomodachi, March 18, 2011.

March 16, 2011

China
Does the United States Have the Leverage to Press China to Become a Full Global Health Donor?

Mexican soldiers unload boxes with medical aid donated by China at the airport in Oaxaca, Mexico on May 5, 2009. (STR New/Courtesy Reuters) On March 11, I had a debate with Ambassador Jack Chow of C…

Mexican soldiers unload boxes with medical aid donated by China at the airport in Oaxaca, Mexico on May 5, 2009.

March 1, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
The Obama-Caldéron Sudden Summit

Mexican soldiers with Julian Zapata Espinoza, who was arrested in connection with the roadside killing of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in Mexico last week. (Henry Romero/courtesy …

Soldiers escort Julian Zapata Espinoza, a ring leader of a cell of Los Zetas, who was arrested in connection with the roadside killing of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in Mexico last week. (Henry Romero/courtesy Reuters).

March 1, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
TWE Remembers: The Zimmermann Telegram

Ninety-four years ago today, the American public found out that Zimmermann, Germany’s foreign minister, had sent a telegram directing the German ambassador in Mexico City to ask Mexico to join German…

Zimmermann-Telegram

March 14, 2011

Japan
Japan Begins Recovery

President of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Tadateru Konoe walks among rescue workers searching through rubble in residential area of tsunami-hit Otsuchi. (Damir Sagolj/Courte…

President of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Tadateru Konoe walks among rescue workers searching through rubble in residential area of tsunami-hit Otsuchi

March 9, 2011

Mexico
TWE Remembers: Pancho Villa’s Raid on Columbus, New Mexico

The events in Columbus, New Mexico had a back story. It began five years earlier when Porfirio Díaz was pushed out as president (more accurately, dictator) of Mexico after thirty-five years in power…

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