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January 31, 2011

Iran
The Invisible Hostage Crises

Laura Fattal kisses her son Josh after a news conference in Tehran. It is now a year and a half since Iran jailed three American hikers on trumped-up spying charges. The three, Shane Bauer, his fian…

The Invisible Hostage Crises

January 11, 2016

United States
Seven Facts About the State of the Union Address

President Barack Obama is set to deliver his final State of the Union address tomorrow night at 9 p.m. The White House says it will be a “non-traditional” speech that will take a “big-picture approac…

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February 15, 2016

TWE Celebrates Presidents’ Day

Today is Presidents’ Day. It is a TWE tradition to recognize the forty-three men—and they have all been men, though that may change next January 20—who have been president on Presidents’ Day by posti…

Presidents

December 29, 2015

Politics and Government
Ten American Foreign Policy Influentials Who Died in 2015

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also a time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2015 who throu…

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June 18, 2015

International Organizations
The Vatican Takes on Climate Change: Making Sense of the Pope’s Encyclical

Pope Francis’s new encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Si” (“Praise Be to You”), is a profoundly important document. It has the potential to shake up the stalled climate change debate in the Unit…

Pope Francis waves to a crowd on St. Peter's Square in Vatican City on June 13, 2015.

May 7, 2015

Wars and Conflict
TWE Remembers: The Sinking of the Lusitania

Asking “what if” is a popular parlor game. Seldom, however, do we ever get an answer, and certainly not almost immediately. King George V of Britain is a rare exception. On the morning of May 7, 1915…

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February 16, 2015

TWE Celebrates Presidents’ Day

Today is Presidents’ Day. It is a TWE tradition to recognize the forty-three men—and they have all been men—who have been president on Presidents’ Day with the following essay. If you are lucky enoug…

President George W. Bush meets with former Presidents and President-elect Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, January 2009. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters)

December 22, 2014

United States
Ten Americans Who Died in 2014 Who Shaped U.S. Foreign Policy

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also a time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2014 who throu…

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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…

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June 29, 2012

Fourth of July Reading

I will be taking some time off to celebrate Independence Day, which will include diving into Mike Moran’s terrific new book, The Reckoning: Debt, Democracy, and the Future of American Power. Happy Fo…

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