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Lessons from Libya: Why America needs more language teachers

The idea that America has always been an English-only country promotes a false account of our past and our present. That false account justifies sweeping spending cuts in foreign language education that will make America less secure around the world, and less competitive in the global market


  The legacy of Richard Holbrooke

In this essay, Jon Meacham considers the legacy of the late Richard Holbrooke, who died this week at the age of 69, and his impact on U.S. diplomacy.


  Frank Wisner on the state of American diplomacy

Does talking really get results? Need to Know takes a look at the state of President Obama’s foreign policy strategy with former diplomat Frank Wisner, a friend of late Richard Holbrooke.


Catherine Ashton answers Henry Kissinger’s call

Henry Kissinger once famously asked, “Who do I call if I want to call Europe?” The answer is Catherine Ashton, the EU’s first foreign policy chief.

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