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January 19, 2015

Iran
Argentina and Iran: The Strange Death of Alberto Nisman

Today in Buenos Aires, Alberto Nisman was found dead. Who was he and why does it matter? Nisman was the official charged with investigating the 1994 bombing of the Jewish community center in Buenos…

October 17, 2017

United States
Chinese steel factory The U.S. Trade Deficit: How Much Does It Matter?

President Trump has made reducing the U.S. trade deficit a priority, blaming trade deals like NAFTA, but economists disagree over how policymakers should respond.

March 1, 2017

Trade
RTS10SVI Trump's 2017 Trade Agenda: Signs of a Sensible Direction

Since the Trade Act of 1974, Congress has required the administration each year to submit an annual “trade policy agenda” outlining its goals for the coming year. It has long been a welcome exercise …

March 10, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Mo Ibrahim Final Yet Again, No Mo Ibrahim Prize Awarded

In February, the Ibrahim foundation announced that, yet again, it would not be awarding it’s famed Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. Mo Ibrahim, a British-Sudanese telecom billiona…

February 15, 2017

China
trump-australia How Will the Australia-China Relationship Adapt?

Professor James Laurenceson is Deputy Director of the Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI) at the University of Technology Sydney. A common assessment among Australian opinion leaders is that …

January 25, 2017

China
U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto walk out after finishing a press conference at the Los Pinos residence in Mexico City, Mexico, August 31, 2016 (Reuters/Henry Romero). Open Questions about Latin American Relations During the Trump Administration

We know very little about who will run Western Hemisphere affairs under the Trump administration. So far, the only named appointees are Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and National Security Co…

May 12, 2016

Peru
The Significance of Peru’s June 5 Election

While the world is distracted by Brazil’s impeachment drama, Venezuela’s impending meltdown, and Cuba’s promising détente with Washington, a potentially significant election campaign is underway in P…

April 15, 2016

Americas
People walk past campaign electoral signs of Peru's presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori in Cuzco, Peru, April 11, 2016 (Reuters/Janine Costa). This Week in Markets and Democracy: Peru’s Elections, Corruption Arrests, and Panama Papers Response

Peru’s Presidential Candidates Head to Second Round On June 5, Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of former president Alberto Fujimori, will face former finance minister Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in Peru’s pr…

March 22, 2016

Cuba
Burying Cuba

President Obama’s speech to the Cuban people today included many nice lines about democracy and human rights. But the ideological content was found in this line, early in the speech: "I have come he…

March 17, 2016

Cuba
Senator Menendez Speaks About the Obama Visit to Cuba

On Thursday, Sen. Robert Menendez (D, NJ) delivered a long and heartfelt statement on the floor of the United States Senate about Pres. Obama’s  forthcoming visit to Cuba. The entire text is copied b…