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October 13, 2016

United States
The Legacy of the Ronald Reagan Administration

Experts discuss the policies and priorities of the Ronald Reagan administration and the lessons to be learned for U.S. foreign policy today.

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September 16, 2015

Europe and Eurasia
Assessing NATO's Future

Experts discuss the ability of NATO to adapt given the political and economic realities of its members.

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September 2, 2015

China
Park’s Decision to Join Xi Jinping’s World War II Commemoration

Many Western observers are likely to raise their eyebrows tomorrow when they see that South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye is standing alongside Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin on the reviewing stand …

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July 21, 2015

China
The Rising Anti-Intellectualism in China: Part II

In my last blog post, I examined the rise of anti-intellectualism in China from a historical perspective. As if to corroborate my argument, last week police in China’s Jiangxi province detained Wang …

Anti-Intellectualism II

July 2, 2015

United States
You Might Have Missed: Recent Academic Journal Findings II

Six months ago, I published the first blog in this series, highlighting earlier academic findings. Jeffrey Stamp, “Aero-Static Warfare: A Brief Survey of Ballooning in Mid-nineteenth-century Siege W…

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March 13, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Mercenaries in Nigeria, Part II

With the detailed March 13 New York Times story on the presence of mercenaries in Nigeria, further comment is required. The image of white mercenaries atop armed personnel carriers and flying helico…

South African Mercenaries

March 9, 2015

China
Artemisinin’s Rocky Road to Globalization: Part II

In my previous blog post, I described how artemisinin-based drugs were discovered in China in the 1970s and 1980s. Given their potency for the treatment of malaria, one would expect that Chinese made…

Artemisinin

August 20, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
The Cease Fire That Broke Itself, Part II

In a recent post, found here, I noted the widespread failure of news media sites to say straightforwardly that Hamas has broken several cease fires. This just happened again, so herewith a couple of …

January 23, 2014

This Week: Syria II Launched, Iran Sanctions Eased, and Turkey’s Judiciary Purged

Significant Developments Syria. UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi met separately today with delegations from Syria’s government and opposition today to prepare for face-to-face talks slated for tomorrow. The…

Senior Syrian opposition member Haitham al-Maleh sits alone during the second session of the Geneva-2 peace conference in Montreux January 22, 2014 (Saidi/Courtesy Reuters).

January 21, 2014

International Organizations
Geneva II: The Diplomatic Headaches Have Just Begun

Coauthored with Claire Schachter, research associate in the International Institutions and Global Governance program. How to interpret the diplomatic kerfuffle over the United Nations’ decision to i…

Leader of Syria's opposition National Coalition Ahmad al-Jarba and Badr Jamous, secretary-general of the coalition, arrive for the Geneva 2 talks on Syria, at Geneva International airport