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September 30, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Where Do the GOP Candidates Stand on China’s Rise?

  Above the Fold. China’s rise presents perhaps the most significant challenge to American foreign policy over the next decade. Here’s one concern: China’s growing force of long-range precision mi…

China jets

March 23, 2012

Friday File: Cherry Trees Blossom in Washington, DC

Above the Fold. Washington, DC, owes a huge debt of gratitude to Tokyo. It was one hundred years ago next Tuesday that Japan’s largest city gave our nation’s capital 3,000 cherry trees to plant along…

The cherry blossom trees around the Tidal Basin are in full bloom in Washington, DC. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters)

October 7, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: Libya, Syria, and the Responsibility to Protect

A session of the United Nations Security Council in New York. (Shannon Stapleton/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. The UN Security Council witnessed a rare double veto on Tuesday. Both Russia and Ch…

A session of the United Nations Security Council in New York. (Shannon Stapleton/courtesy Reuters)

February 17, 2012

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Friday File: Anthony Shadid

Above the Fold. Anthony Shadid, a New York Times foreign correspondent, died yesterday while covering the ongoing political upheaval in Syria. He wasn’t cut down by the violence of what is becoming a…

Anthony Shadid (right) with other New York Times journalists and Turkey's Ambassador to Libya on March 21, 2011. (Handout/courtesy Reuters)

May 13, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Will We Come to Regret the Raid on Abbottabad?

A policeman walks in front of Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad compound. (Faisal Mahmood/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Actions, even virtuous ones, have consequences. Sometimes those consequenc…

A policeman walks in front of the compound where al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad.

July 29, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Friday File: The Debt Debate Won’t End on Tuesday

Traders work on the main trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange on July 29, 2011. U.S. stocks dropped for a fifth straight day after weak economic data and another setback on a debt deal. (Mike…

Traders work on the main trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange on July 29, 2011. U.S. stocks dropped for a fifth straight day on Friday after weak data on the economy and a setback on a debt deal discouraged investors. (Mike Segar/courtesy Reuters)

November 12, 2010

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: Obama in Asia

Above the Fold: The big news of the week has been President Obama’s Asia trip.  The coverage at home has generally been positive.  Walter Russell Mead reviews the India leg of the trip and applauds…

Friday File: Obama in Asia

December 10, 2010

Congresses and Parliaments
Friday File: Afghanistan Strategy Review

Above the fold. The White House is wrapping up its year-end Afghanistan strategy review.  Its conclusion, perhaps not surprisingly, looks to be that the surge strategy President Obama announced a …

Friday File: Afghanistan Strategy Review

March 4, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: What If Qaddafi Is Right?

Qaddafi leans on the shoulders of President of Yemen Saleh and then-Egyptian President Mubarak during the second Afro-Arab Summit in Sirte. (Asmaa Waguih/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. In the mid…

Qaddafi leans on the shoulders of then Egyptian President Mubarak and President of Yemen Saleh during the second Afro-Arab Summit in Sirte

July 22, 2011

Congresses and Parliaments
Friday File: Debt Deal Deadline

President Barack Obama makes a statement to the press on the debt talks on July 19, 2011. (Jason Reed/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. When I was a college professor I always warned my students not…

President Barack Obama makes a statement to the press on the debt talks on July 19, 2011. (Jason Reed/courtesy Reuters)