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November 11, 2010

The World Next Week

Robert McMahon, editor of CFR.org, and I sat down today to discuss the upcoming issues for our The World Next Week podcast. We talked about the prospects for the lame duck Congress, the Asia-Pacifi…

Policemen are silhouetted on signboards of APEC forum summit in Yokohama, south of Tokyo

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

March 21, 2011

Politics and Government
Campaign 2012: Hello Tim Pawlenty, GOP Presidential Candidate

Tim Pawlenty speaks during the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition's Spring Event on March 8, 2011. (Brian Frank/courtesy Reuters) Only one Big Ten university has ever graduated an American preside…

Tim Pawlenty speaks during the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Spring Event at Point of Grace Church in Waukee, Iowa on March 8, 2011.

February 25, 2011

Politics and Government
Friday File: Washington Braces for the Showdown over the Government Shutdown

Senate Budget Committee Ranking member Jeff Sessions and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan speak in response to President Barack Obama's Fiscal Year 2010 budget in Washington. (Jason Reed…

Senate Budget Committee Ranking member Jeff Sessions and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan speak in response to President Barack Obama’s Fiscal Year 2010 budget in Washington

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.

April 29, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: What Do the Panetta and Petraeus Nominations Say About Obama?

U.S. Army General David Petraeus (L) and CIA director Leon Panetta (R). (Staff photographer/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Washington’s worst kept secret is now out. President Obama has …

U.S. Army General David Petraeus (L) and CIA director Leon Panetta (R). (Staff photographer/courtesy Reuters)

May 20, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Has Congress Abandoned Its War Power?

Capitol Hill seen at sunrise. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters)   Above the Fold. The ringing you heard today is the timer expiring on the War Power Resolution’s sixty-day clock. Back on March 20, Presi…

Capitol Hill seen at sunrise.

May 26, 2011

China
Henry Kissinger’s On China

Chinese President Jiang Zemin talks to former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger at a luncheon address to U.S. business groups in New York October 23, 1995. (Jim Bourg / Courtesy Reuters) A mon…

Chinese President Jiang Zemin talks to former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger at a luncheon address to U.S. business groups in New York October 23, 1995.

June 17, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Is NATO Headed for History’s Ash Heap?

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates addresses a news conference at the end of a NATO defense ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels on June 9, 2011. (Thierry Roge/courtesy Reuters) …

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates addresses a news conference at the end of a NATO defence ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels on June 9, 2011. (Thierry Roge/courtesy Reuters)

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)