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December 17, 2010

Defense and Security
The World Next Week

The podcast for the The World Next Week is up. Bob McMahon and I sat down to talk about the U.N. Security Council’s upcoming debate of its Afghanistan mission; the Obama administration’s Afghan strat…

The World Next Week

June 15, 2011

International Organizations
Analysts and Former Policymakers Ask Congress to Restore EIA Funding

I wrote a few weeks back about the ill-advised cuts to the EIA budget that were part of the budget deal. Yesterday, I joined thirty policy analysts and former policymakers from across the political s…

November 7, 2011

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2012 Roundup: Huntsman on Cain, Paul on "Isolationism"

The Capitol Rotunda. (Joshua Roberts/courtesy Reuters) Only a smattering of foreign policy news from the campaign trail over the weekend: Herman Cain drew some barbs on the Sunday morning news show…

A statue stands in Capitol Rotunda on Capitol Hill in Washington July 31, 2011. U.S. lawmakers were close to a last-gasp $3 trillion deal on Sunday to raise the borrowing limit and assure financial markets that the United States will avoid a potentially catastrophic default. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

November 6, 2012

United States
How Free Are American Elections?

“When a nation begins to modify the elective qualification, it may easily be foreseen that, sooner or later, that qualification will be entirely abolished. There is no more invariable rule in the his…

Election day

November 22, 2013

Friday Asia Update: Top Five Stories for the Week of November 22, 2013

Will Piekos and Darcie Draudt look at the top five stories in Asia this week. 1. Bloomberg dogged by self-censorship questions. Bloomberg News reporter Michael Forsythe, who worked on an unpublished…

Paramilitary policemen walk past Erdaoqiao Grand Bazaar in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur autonomous region on November 17, 2013 (Rooney Chen).

August 1, 2013

Dagny Dukach: Beijing Begins to Debate the Tibet Issue

Dagny Dukach is an intern for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. In early June 2013, Dr. Jin Wei, a senior Chinese government advisor and director of ethnic and religious studies at B…

Young Tibetan monks chat during a prayer meeting for tourists at a temple in Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai province on July 19, 2012.

July 23, 2014

Wars and Conflict
TWE Remembers: Austria-Hungary Issues an Ultimatum to Serbia

Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. That adage applies to governments as well as to people. A case in point is the ultimatum that Austria gave Serbia on July 23, 1914. Austrian offic…

Ultimatium photo

July 25, 2014

Diplomacy and International Institutions
TWE Remembers: Serbia Responds to Austria’s Ultimatum

Diplomacy is often a contest to gain the upper hand in the court of world opinion. The country that can depict itself as victim of aggression even when the facts are more complex may rally greater su…


July 29, 2014

Wars and Conflict
TWE Remembers: World War I Histories

You can learn a lot about the origins, events, and consequences of World War I by surfing the Internet. But if you really want to understand why the Great War happened, you should read serious histor…


June 27, 2014

TWE Remembers: The Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

A loving couple. An heir to the throne. A wife shunned by her husband’s family. Two countries bitterly at odds. A shadowy secret organization. Security officials indifferent to their responsibilities…