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November 6, 2014

United States
Ten Cold War Films Worth Watching

The Cold War has provided the grist for rich histories, enlightening memoirs, and terrific novels. It has also provided source material for some great movies. Here in alphabetical order are my ten fa…


October 15, 2014

International Organizations
Could the BRICS Bank Make China More Responsible?

Below is a guest post by Isabella Bennett, assistant director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program. Last weekend’s World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) meeting…

Leaders of the BRICS countries—Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and South African President Jacob Zuma—pose during the BRICS summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, on July 15, 2014.

August 13, 2014

International Law
Extracting Justice: Battling Corruption in Resource-Rich Africa

Coauthored with Isabella Bennett, assistant director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program. Last week, when more than forty heads of state met in Washington for the U.S.-Af…

Local residents' clothes dry over the gas pipelines running through the Eleme community near the city of Port Harcourt, a major Nigerian oil hub in the country's southeast.

August 7, 2014

Global Governance
Authoritarianism Undercuts Turkish Aspirations

Coauthored with Isabella Bennett, assistant director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program. When the Obama administration took office in January 2009, Turkey seemed poised …

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks before members of parliament from his Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara on April 29, 2014.

June 4, 2014

International Organizations
Learning to Compartmentalize: How to Prevent Big Power Frictions from Becoming Major Global Headaches

Coauthored by Stewart Patrick and Isabella Bennett, Assistant Director in the International Institutions and Global Governance program. The G7 is back. Today in Brussels, it meets for the first time…

May 23, 2014

United States
TWE Remembers: Memorial Day

The United States has fought twelve major wars and numerous smaller skirmishes in its history. Memorial Day is our way of honoring the soldiers, sailors, airmen, airwomen, and marines who did not ret…


January 14, 2014

Combating Human Slavery at Sea

Below is a guest post by Isabella Bennett, assistant director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program. Many viewers who watched 12 Years A Slave take home the Golden Globe fo…


November 15, 2013

Defense and Security
You Might Have Missed: Nuclear Iran, Drone Markets, and Terrorism

  “Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement and Relevant Provisions of Security Council Resolutions in the Islamic Republic of Iran,” International Atomic Energy Agency, November 14, 2013. Si…

Iran Nuke Talks 11.15.13

June 27, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
Kerry, Jerusalem, and the Palestinian Concessions

Secretary of State Kerry is about to visit Jerusalem again, seeking to get negotiations between Israel and the PLO restarted. News reports make it clear that the Palestinians are seeking various conc…

May 17, 2013

Military Operations
You Might Have Missed: Congress, CIA Drones, and Iran

John Vandiver, “US-trained Congolese Battalion Among Units Accused of Rape,” Stars and Stripes, May 10, 2013. For U.S. diplomats and military officials who were involved in training a Congolese ar…