Can Louis XIV's consolidation of power in seventeenth-century France guide the way for state builders in Afghanistan today?
Iraq's new parliament convened Monday, but bargaining on a coalition government continues. The United States can facilitate, but not push, the outcome, says CFR's Brett McGurk.
Colombian presidential candidate Antanas Mockus has generated surprising support for his campaign of transparency and change, but the winner will need to reassure voters that security improvements will continue, says expert Cynthia Arnson.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia, discusses the state of Democracy in Western Africa and the progress she has made as the head of the Liberian state.
Max Boot argues that Kurdish success in Iraq suggests what Iraq can become in a few years.
Max Boot says, "Unless the U.S. does more to address the Iraqi prime minister's postelection moves, billions of dollars and thousands of lives could be for naught."
Washington's approach to rebuilding economies devastated by conﬂicts and natural disasters is flawed.
President Obama is pushing for a "civilian surge" in Afghanistan, but John E. Herbst, in charge of staffing a State Department civilian-led reconstruction program that operates there, says congressional inaction and funding challenges are hampering American stabilization efforts.
Ambassador Christopher Hill talks about Iraqi governance and the political and security implications of elections scheduled for early next month.
Watch Ambassador Christopher Hill talk about Iraqi governance and the political and security implications of elections scheduled for early next month.