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December 1, 2021

United States
Ten Anniversaries to Note in 2022

As two thousand twenty-one comes to a close, here are ten notable historical anniversaries to mark in two thousand twenty-two.

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May 4, 2011

TWE Mailbag: Walter Cronkite, the Tet Offensive, and Kent State

Walter Cronkite on television during a presidential debate on September 23, 1976. (Thomas J. O'Halloran/courtesy the Library of Congress) Always underpromise and overdeliver. Never overpromise a…

Walter Cronkite on television during a presidential debate on September 23, 1976.

July 16, 2021

Wars and Conflict
Five Movies Worth Watching About Love and War

Every summer Friday, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films about romance amid conflict.

Three movie posters in black frames. From left: Casablanca (black and white, a man and a woman look at each other); A Farewell to Arms (a man and woman look worriedly off to the side); The English Patient (a man and woman look off to the side, a desert and airplane behind them).

January 27, 2012

Iran
Weekend Reading: Supporting Syrians, Egypt’s New Speaker, Iran-Israel Bluffs, and Turkey’s Term Limits

Shadi Hamid on The Atlantic makes a case for intervention in Syria. Speaker of the newly-elected People’s Assembly in Egypt gives his first address to parliament. Walter Russell Mead writes about t…

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December 26, 2017

United States
The Trump National Security Strategy

President Trump delivered a new “National Security Strategy of the United States of America” last week, and it elicited a mountain of comment. I thought I’d wait a week to let the dust settle, and th…

January 26, 2015

About That Netanyahu Invitation to Address Congress

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint meeting of Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, May 24, 2011. (Molly Riley/Courtesy: Reuters) Israel’s prime m…

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint meeting of Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, May 24, 2011. (Molly Riley/Courtesy: Reuters)

August 20, 2021

Wars and Conflict
Five Foreign-Policy Movies Worth Watching About Being in Combat

Every summer Friday, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films about the experience of war. 

Three movie posters: Platoon (a helmet lies upside down beneath a line of soldiers); The Thin Red Line (a close up of three soldiers’ faces in grass); 1917 (two soldiers run into a sunrise).

May 18, 2021

Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines
Good News Emerges About a Malaria Vaccine

In Africa and elsewhere, COVID-19 dominates media attention. Yet malaria has probably killed four times as many as COVID-19 over the last year in Africa. The good news is that early trials of a new vaccine, R21, show an effectiveness rate of 77 percent. The new vaccine is a further development of Mosquirix, a vaccine with a 56 percent effectiveness after one year, falling to 36 percent after four years.

A woman holds her child while a doctor tests the baby for malaria.

July 17, 2020

Wars and Conflict
Five Foreign-Policy Comedies Worth Watching

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: comedy movies.

Movie posters clockwise from the top left: To Be or Not to Be/Rotten Tomatoes; Ninotchka/IMDB; Good Morning, Vietnam/Amazon; Stripes/TV Guide; Three Kings/Rotten Tomatoes; The Death of Stalin/Amazon.

February 9, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: Deal Reached for U.S. Homeowner Relief

U.S. government officials along with five of the country's largest banks have reached an agreement to help  American homeowners (NYT) stricken by falling home values. The deal earmarks some $26 billi…