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A Conversation with David Welch

Fault Line For an overview of exceptionalism in the Middle East, I turned to David Welch, a career Foreign Service Officer. He served in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and as the U.S. Ambasador to Egypt from 2001 to 2005. He also held the title of Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs […]

A Conversation with Kurt Volker

Only over the past decade or two have Americans come to view the European Union as the principal symbolic organization of the continent. Throughout the Cold War, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, an alliance established in 1949 to balance against the communists, received most of our attention. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, however, […]

A Conversation with Francois Rivasseau

The History of TodayThe European Union Delegation’s headquarters rests just a block from Washington Circle Park, mere minutes from the George Washington University campus. The several dozen diplomats who operate out of this red-brick facility are drawn from the EU itself, as well as its member states. The delegation handles a carefully proscribed set of […]

A Conversation with David Mulford, U.S. Ambassador to India from 2004 to 2009

When he received the nomination to serve as U.S. Ambassador to India in 2003, David Mulford was no stranger to the international scene. He studied economics at Lawrence University, then went on to graduate school at Capetown University, Boston University and Oxford, earning a doctorate in Britain. He entered the banking industry, specializing in the […]

A Conversation with Namik Tan

The embassy of Turkey is located at 2525 Massachusetts Avenue in the core of a region of Northwest DC known as Embassy Row. The compound’s bright and lively architecture stands in stark contrast to the gray block structures across the street, representing the Indian, Japanese, and South Korean embassies. The compound is accessed through a […]

David Petraeus and the Marshall Tradition

The general's second career as a statesman has begun.

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Xi who must be obeyed

The Chinese President’s new status as “core” leader will strengthen his hand, but rifts remain within the Party.

Deal or No Deal

The answer isn’t straightforward, and it’s likely to be decided by our next president.

Asia's Game of Thrones

As Duterte continues to slam the U.S. and look to China, Japan is caught in an awkward position.


By snubbing nuclear power, Berlin has consigned itself to decades of coal dependence.

The European Immigration Crisis

There is nothing so permanent as a temporary measure.

Miracles Can Happen

It’s probably not a model for the country (as some analysts would have it), but it shows that compromise is possible when all parties involved are committed to finding a practical solution.

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