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July 25, 2019

Global Governance
The World May Need Geoengineering, and Geoengineering Needs Governance

Failing to study and develop geoengineering methods to help prevent the severe effects of climate change would be irresponsible. Failing to govern them properly would be even more so.

Residents flee as winds whip flames from the Morgan fire near Clayton, California on September 9, 2013.

January 20, 2017

Cyber Week in Review: January 20, 2017

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed: 1. Hail to the chief! With Donald J. Trump assuming the U.S. presidency, it is probably worthwhi…

January 13, 2017

Cyber Week in Review: January 13, 2017

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed: 1. More online privacy regulations for Europe. The European Commission announced a draft proposa…

EU Safe Harbor Court Decision CFR Net Politics

November 15, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
Ignoring Africa

One of the aspects of the utterly dispiriting, just-concluded U.S. campaign and election cycle was the all but complete absence of discussion about the United States and sub-Sahara Africa. It is true…

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November 11, 2016

Cyber Week in Review: November 11, 2016

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed: 1. President-elect Trump on digital and cyber policy. With the election of Donald Trump as the f…

CFR Cyber Net Politics

June 16, 2016

What’s Worth Reading This Summer?

CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I recorded our annual summer reading episode of CFR’s  “The World Next Week” podcast. Elizabeth Saunders, who is a Stanton nuclear security fellow this year at CFR and …

A visitor looks at a book while standing in front of a giant bookshelf at the book fair in Frankfurt

January 23, 2015

Yemen
Weekend Reading: After the Uprisings, Egypt’s Despotism, and Yemen’s Meltdown

Karl Sharro presents a satirically “simple” diagram of the Arab uprisings and their aftermath. Amro Ali looks at how the citizen contributes to the sustainability of despotism in Egypt. Susanne Dah…

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June 26, 2013

United States
TWE Remembers: John F. Kennedy’s “Ich bin ein Berliner” Speech

Being president is a tough job. Your every mistake is relentlessly dissected and replayed. Even when you get it right, people sometimes insist you got it wrong. Just ask John F. Kennedy. On June 26, …

A crowd watches  President Kennedy as he delivers his “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech at Rudolph Wilde Platz in West Berlin (Robert Knudsen. White House Photographs. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston).

October 29, 2012

Defense and Security
TWE Remembers: Secret Soviet Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Cuba (Cuban Missile Crisis, a Coda)

Washington and the world breathed a sigh of relief on Monday, October 29, 1962.  The day before President John F. Kennedy and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev had struck a deal to end the Cuban missil…

President John F. Kennedy speaks with Secretary of State Dean Rusk and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara during an ExCom meeting. (Cecil Stoughton. White House Photographs. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston)

October 27, 2012

United States
TWE Remembers: Black Saturday—Near Calamities Abound as JFK Offers Khrushchev a Deal (Cuban Missile Crisis, Day Twelve)

Murphy’s Law holds that if anything can go wrong, it will. On Saturday October 27, 1962, the twelfth day of the Cuban missile crisis, President John F. Kennedy might have been thinking about that fam…

A U-2 plane used during the Cuban Missile Crisis (Dino A. Brugioni Collection, The National Security Archive, Washington, DC).