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Why Iran’s Elections Matter

Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar interviewed by Zachary Laub

Despite heavy vetting of candidates, Iran’s elections for parliament and Assembly of Experts will offer insights into whether hardline or more moderate factions gain influence, says expert Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar.

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News Release

CFR Report: China’s Slowing Economy Will Fuel A More Nationalist Foreign Policy

In light of China’s deepening economic slowdown, “China’s foreign policy may well be driven increasingly by the risk of domestic political instability,” write Robert D. Blackwill, Henry A. Kissinger senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), and Kurt M. Campbell, the Asia Group’s chairman and chief executive officer, in a new Council Special Report. “Economic growth and nationalism have for decades been the two founts of legitimacy for the Communist Party, and as the former wanes, [Chinese leader Xi Jinping] will likely rely increasingly on the latter.”

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Foreign Affairs Article

The IMF’s Next Five Years

Author: Robert Kahn

In the next five years, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will face new challenges as it struggles to come to terms with a rapidly changing global marketplace and with lending rules poorly suited for the crises the institution will likely face. These challenges will force the IMF to scrutinize and adjust its lending rules. A broader issue is also at play: financial markets are becoming bigger more quickly than the institution’s resources are, and IMF rescue alone may be insufficient in the future . How the financing burden is shared with other official creditors will help determine whether the fund is an effective leader of the global effort to prevent and resolve economic crises in the coming decades.

 

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Event

A Conversation with Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Presider: Rachel B. Vogelstein
Speaker: Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, under-secretary-general of the United Nations and executive director of UN Women joined the Women and Foreign Policy program’s director, Rachel Vogelstein, to discuss implementation of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. 

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Op-Ed

Can Taiwan Show Beijing and the World How Disputed Islands Should Be Used for Peace?

Author: Jerome A. Cohen
South China Morning Post

In this op-ed, published following the visit of outgoing Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou to Taiping Island in the South China Sea, Cohen outlines how peaceful initiatives could be developed on the island to help address tensions in the South China Sea and other parts of East Asia.

See more in Taiwan; China; Diplomacy and Statecraft; Regional Security