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May 3, 2012

Pakistan
Pakistan on the Brink: A Conversation with Ahmed Rashid

Leading Pakistani journalist and bestselling author Ahmed Rashid analyzes the current state of Afghanistan and Pakistan, prospects for U.S. government negotiation with the Taliban, and the potential …

August 17, 2009

Afghanistan
Afghan Elections: A Perilous Time

Ahmed Rashid, a leading expert on Afghanistan, says the August 20 presidential election in Afghanistan is "critically important" to achieving political stability, but he worries the vote will trigger…

January 23, 2018

Egypt
Egypt's Putinesque Election

With an election looming, the incumbent president arrests and disqualifies all possible opponents, one after another. Vladimir Putin? Yes, as we see in his treatment of Alexei Navalny. (The BBC tells…

January 9, 2018

Somalia
Al-Shabab in Somalia Al-Shabab

Al-Shabab remains capable of carrying out massive attacks in Somalia and surrounding countries despite a decade-long African Union offensive against the Islamist group. 

January 9, 2018

Somaliland
Somaliland-President-Musa-Bihi-Abdi-Elections-Democracy Somaliland Peacefully Elects and Swears In Another President

Recognition is on top of the agenda for the de facto independent state of Somaliland's new president, Muse Bihi Abdi. He is the third peacefully elected president since 2003.

December 28, 2017

United States
Kohl 1989 Ten World Figures Who Died in 2017

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2017 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…

December 11, 2009

Pakistan
Coming up Short on Pakistan

President Obama says Pakistan is crucial to the success of the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan. But five Pakistani experts argue the Pakistan part of Obama’s strategy is flawed.

December 1, 2017

Yemen
Shipping to the Red Sea port of Hodeidah has been largely cut off. How the Saudi Blockade Threatens Famine in Yemen

Averting famine will require Saudi Arabia to permit the resumption of commercial shipping of food and fuel to the besieged country.

November 7, 2017

Health
A man comforts his fiancée, a patient at a breast cancer clinic in Tehran, Iran. With little access to preventive and primary care, working-age people in poorer nations are more likely to develop and receive late diagnoses for breast cancer and other NCDs. The Changing Demographics of Global Health

Understanding the speed, scale, and drivers of the shift to noncommunicable diseases at the country level and estimating the preparedness of health systems for that shift is important for the health planning, budgeting, and policy formulation of national governments and donors.

November 7, 2017

Saudi Arabia
Investors talk with each other as they monitor a screen displaying stock information at the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia June 29, 2016. Oil and a More Muscular Saudi Arabia

Saudi oil policy is undergoing a significant, yet subtle shift that is likely to have broader, strategic implications. The shift comes in the wake of a perfect storm of complicated existential threat…