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August 4, 2020

United States
The U.S. Vice President and Foreign Policy

Modern vice presidents can trace much of their political influence to the broad reforms that Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale made to the second-highest elected office in the late 1970s.

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August 4, 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 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…

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July 29, 2020

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Virtual Meeting: Israeli Annexation and Middle East Peace

Panelists discuss Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s proposed annexation of parts of the West Bank and the geopolitical consequences for the region and for the Middle East peace plan.

Play A Palestinian boy climbs through an opening in Israel's controversial barrier in Shuafat in the West Bank near Jerusalem.

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 15, 2020

Colombia
Virtual Meeting: A Conversation with President Iván Duque of Colombia

President Iván Duque discusses the Venezuelan refugee crisis, Colombia's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the progress on the implementation of the Colombian peace agreement. 

Play 2Colombian President Ivan Duque smiles while meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington.

July 8, 2020

Military Operations
Virtual Meeting: The Insurrection Act and the Future of Civil-Military Relations

Speakers discuss the Insurrection Act of 1807, the legalities surrounding use of the Act, the history of civil-military relations in the United States, and the role of the military in defending or su…

Play Uniformed military personnel walk in front of the White House ahead of a protest against racial inequality in the aftermath of the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Washington

July 7, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
Virtual Meeting: CFR Master Class Series With Stephen Sestanovich

Stephen Sestanovich discusses retrenchment in U.S. foreign policy, including a look at past periods of retrenchment and the implications they have for today's foreign policy debate.  The CFR Maste…

Play U.S. President Donald Trump reacts during a campaign rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.

July 1, 2020

Russia
Will Russia’s Constitutional Changes Allow Putin to Hold on to Power?

Russians have voted on a sweeping package of more than two hundred constitutional amendments, the most important of which exempts President Vladimir Putin from term limits and potentially allows him …