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October 1, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
Isolationism

Charles A. Kupchan mines the nation’s past to uncover the ideological and political roots of ongoing changes in U.S. foreign policy, including the sources of Donald J. Trump's “America First” doctrin…

July 30, 2020

United States
TWE Remembers: Vice Presidents on Being Vice President

Former Vice President and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden says he will announce his choice for his vice presidential nominee next week. That has spurred one last burst in the qu…

VP seal

July 30, 2020

United States
How Police Compare in Different Democracies

Recent killings by U.S. officers have sparked widespread calls for police reform and an end to systemic racism. Here’s how U.S. policing compares with other countries’ approaches.

A photo from behind of rows of police officers wearing navy blue uniforms and hats in a moodily lit arena.

July 28, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
What Is U.S. Policy on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

The United States has long tried to negotiate a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but several factors, including deep divisions between and within the parties and declining U.S. interes…

A Palestinian uses a ladder to climb over the wall separating the Israeli and Palestinian sides of the West Bank.

July 28, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
TWE Book and Film Recommendations

Over the decade since I began blogging at The Water’s Edge I have periodically recommended books to read and films to watch. I have also occasionally asked colleagues to recommend books and movies. G…

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July 24, 2020

Wars and Conflict
Five Movies About Revolts, Rebellions, and Revolutions Worth Watching

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: movies about uprisings.

Movie posters clockwise from top left: Doctor Zhivago/Roger Ebert; Mandela/People’s World; Lawrence of Arabia/Amazon; Braveheart/Google Play; The Crying Game/CineMaterial; Michael Collins/Amazon.

July 21, 2020

Russia
Foreign Affairs Live: A Conversation With Robert Gates

Across the political spectrum, there is a belief that post–Cold War U.S. presidents have turned too often to the military to resolve challenges abroad. How could the United States move away from rely…

Play A man stands amidst rubble

July 21, 2020

Uganda
Uganda's Upcoming Elections Face Both Longstanding Problems and New Constraints

Last month, the contours of Uganda’s 2021 elections began to take shape, and they promise to meld longstanding problems with new constraints. The upcoming polls were always going to be consequential.

Ugandan musician-turned-politician, Bobi Wine, and Uganda's four time Presidential candidate Kizza Besigye arrive for a joint news conference over the government handling of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and a possible alliance against President Yoweri Museveni in the upcoming elections, in Wakiso district, in Kampala, Uganda June 15, 2020

July 17, 2020

Wars and Conflict
Five Foreign-Policy Comedies Worth Watching

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: comedy movies.

Movie posters clockwise from the top left: To Be or Not to Be/Rotten Tomatoes; Ninotchka/IMDB; Good Morning, Vietnam/Amazon; Stripes/TV Guide; Three Kings/Rotten Tomatoes; The Death of Stalin/Amazon.

July 16, 2020

Health
What Does the CDC Do?

The federal agency has a broad mandate to protect Americans’ health and an expansive global reach. But the COVID-19 pandemic has sparked debate about the future of the CDC.

An audience member photographs a slide showing the likeness of the Ebola virus during an Ebola safety presentation by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on November 7, 2014, in Los Angeles.