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July 11, 2017

Gender
Iranian women vote Violence Against Female Politicians

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is authored by Hilary Matfess,…

June 1, 2017

Vietnam
Nguyen Xuan Phuc-Trump meeting-5.31.2017 Vietnam and the United States Make Nice for Now, but Disappointment Looms

This week’s visit of Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to Washington resulted in the usual readout of supposed achievements and breakthroughs. The prime minister seems to have understood tha…

March 24, 2017

United States
RTX326ZW_b Canary in the Coal Mine: The Arctic as a National Imperative

The following is a guest post by Theresa Lou, research associate in the International Institutions and Global Governance program. The Arctic is changing rapidly. It is warming at twice the rate as…

April 22, 2015

Cuba
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, right, talks with Cuba’s Josefina Vidal, director general of the U.S. division at Cuba’s Foreign Ministry, left, and Gustavo Machin, Cuba’s deputy chief of North American affairs, center, before a meeting with Cuba’s Minister of Foreign Trade Rodrigo Malmierca at the Hotel Nacional in Havana, Cuba, Monday, April 20, 2015. (Ramon Espinosa/Courtesy: Reuters) Gov. Cuomo Visits Cuba, and What Could Be Wrong with That?

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, right, talks with Cuba’s Josefina Vidal, director general of the U.S. division at Cuba’s Foreign Ministry, left, and Gustavo Machin, Cuba’s deputy chief of North Ameri…

October 16, 2017

China
Play China and the United States China and the United States: Governing a Contentious Bilateral Trade and Investment Relationship

This is the second session of the "The United States and World Trade: Future Directions" symposium. 

October 1, 2014

Americas
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at the Girl Summit in London, July 22, 2014. The prime minister announced that Britain is to make it compulsory for teachers and health workers to report cases of female genital mutilation (Courtesy Reuters/Oli Scarff/Pool). The West Steps Forward in the Fight Against Female Genital Mutilation

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is by Becky Allen, former intern in …

February 8, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
Is Insulting the President a Crime: Ramallah This Time

On January 23, I did a blog post here noting that in his short time in power Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi had 24 times had people jailed for the "crime" of "insulting the president." My comment t…

July 18, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
hu-jintao-jakaya-kikwete-question-of-the-week Question of the Week: China in Africa Part II

Is Chinese aid and investment a positive force for development in Africa? This is the second Question of the Week post about Chinese involvement in Africa. Last week, we focused on China’s South-Sou…

January 16, 2012

Iran
How Not To React To Provocations From Iran

If there is any chance of avoiding a military confrontation with Iran or the Iranian acquisition of nuclear weapons, that chance will be the product of very resolute American policy toward Iran. In t…

April 7, 2011

Economics
Mexico’s Total Factor Productivity Compared to Latin America and Asian Tigers (Source: Augusto de la Torre and Ana Cusolito, Reviving Competition in Mexico’s Economy

In trying to explain why Mexico isn’t growing quickly, or "why it isn’t rich" as Gordon Hanson puts it in a great paper, there is much talk about economic concentration -- the monopolies and oligopol…