They weren’t exactly Felix and Oscar from Neil Simon’s play The Odd Couple, but Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton became confidants in the early 1990s in a remarkable presidential friendship. When President Nixon died in 1994 at the age of 81, after a brief illness, the current president, Clinton, extended full state honors to Nixon […]
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Many academic conferences and government panels have been convened this year to recall the 50th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. This was the most dangerous crisis of the Cold War, and it’s surely worth studying for this reason. But the Cuban Missile Crisis gets too much attention. Focusing on any single crisis […]
The recent tragedy at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya has reignited the debate over American involvement in the region. But how would have our first President, George Washington, handled the situation?
After a tense weekend in Egypt, the country is faced with the prospect of two parliaments and two constitutions, as many people in the trouble nation see the Arab Spring as a distant memory. In February 2011, a popular uprising ousted long-time ruler Hosni Mubarak, in an action that became a worldwide event. But in […]
In a recent survey conducted by WorldPublicOpinion.org, only 16 percent of Russians said it was “important to live in a country governed by a democracy.” By contrast, 72 percent of Americans, 70 percent of the Chinese, and 91 percent in Argentina agreed with the same statement. You can read more of their study here.