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The Brookings Cafeteria

Nov 8, 2019

On November 9, 1989, the government of East Germany announced that all of its citizens could visit West Germany and West Berlin. Crowds of Germans from east and west climbed onto the heavily fortified wall surrounding West Berlin and began chipping away at the concrete with hammers and other tools in a...


Nov 1, 2019

In July 1958, U.S. Marines stormed the beaches of Beirut, Lebanon, ready for combat in the midst of an escalating sectarian crisis in the country. But they were greeted by sunbathers and vendors selling shawarma. The rest of their mission went mostly peacefully, but future American interventions did not go so well. 

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Oct 25, 2019

Brexit—the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union, has been scheduled to occur on October 31. But will it still happen? As events continue to evolve in Britain and in the European Union--including Prime Minister Boris Johnson's likely failed attempt to hold new elections in December--where do things...


Oct 18, 2019

Senior Fellow David Wessel interviews Senior Fellows Elaine Kamarck and Stuart Butler about the new Policy 2020 project and resource at Brookings. Policy 2020 empowers voters with fact-based, data-driven, non-partisan information to better understand the policy matters discussed by candidates running for office in...


Oct 11, 2019

How can girls, especially in developing countries, get the education that will prepare them with skills needed for lifelong success? On this episode, Christina Kwauk, fellow in the Global Economy and Development program, interviews three educators in the Echidna Global Scholars program. They are from India, Nepal, and...