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May 24, 2011

International Organizations
The G8—It’s Baaaaack!

A view of the Deauville beaches (Mike Kessler/ Courtesy Reuters). Once upon a time, Group of 8 (G8) summits were all the rage. Annual meetings of the globe’s board of directors, they provided at lea…

The G8—It’s Baaaaack!

March 5, 2012

Hello (Welcome Back): Vladimir Putin, Russian President

He’s baaaaaccck! Vladimir Putin, who stepped down in 2008 as Russia’s president after serving two terms, won yesterday’s Russian presidential election going away. He captured a reported 64 percent of…


May 10, 2012

China-Philippines Hacking War: A Missed Opportunity for Beijing?

China continues to raise the heat in its dispute with the Philippines over the sovereignty of Scarborough Shoal/Huangyan Island. On Monday, He Jia, an anchor on China’s state-run CCTV, mistakenly dec…

A handout photo of two Chinese surveillance ships which sailed between a Philippines warship and eight Chinese fishing boats to prevent the arrest of any fishermen in the Scarborough Shoal, in the South China Sea, about 124 nautical miles off the main island of Luzon on April 10, 2012.

August 22, 2012

International Organizations
A Rocky Start to Russian WTO Membership

After the longest accession negotiations in the history of the WTO, Russia today has finally joined the World Trade Organization. This is an important milestone for the WTO—and for Russia, which acco…

Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on automobile assembly agreements in Moscow

November 21, 2012

China’s Role in Syria: How Beijing Can Help End the Violence

Will Piekos is a Research Associate for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. The Chinese Foreign Ministry recently announced a “new” four-point peace initiative to solve the crisis in S…

U.N.-Arab League peace envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi before their meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing on October 31, 2012.

October 17, 2013

Regional Organizations
Start Spreading the News: Can Cities Govern the World?

Benjamin Barber doesn’t just love cities. He’s convinced they hold the secret to effective, democratic global governance. As nation-states and international institutions flail in addressing transnati…

Mayors pose for picture during the Rio+C40 Megacity Mayors Taking Action on Climate Change in Rio de Janeiro

November 1, 2013

The World Next Week: Iran Talks Resume in Geneva, Senate Armed Services Committee Hears About Sequestration, and the World Chess Championship Begins

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed next week’s nuclear talks in Geneva, the Senate Armed Services Committee’s hearing on the effects of sequestration, and the World Chess …

Delegations meet at the United Nations offices in Geneva for the Iran nuclear talks (Fabrice Coffrini/Courtesy Reuters).

September 16, 2014

International Organizations
Scot-Free? The UK’s Security Council Seat is Safe, No Matter What

As Scotland approaches its independence referendum on Thursday, desperate unionists are groping to bolster the “No thanks” cause. There is no shortage of compelling reasons to stick together. But one…

UK Ambassador to the UN Mark Lyall Grant speaks with his U.S. counterpart, Ambassador Samantha Power, during a UN Security Council meeting on the crisis in Ukraine in March 2014.

May 26, 2015

Lost in Iraq

On Sunday, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter appeared on CNN’s State of the Union during which he reflected on the performance of the Iraqi Security Forces in the recent battle for Ramadi. “What appare…

Lost in Iraq

December 30, 2015

Saudi Arabia
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2015

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2015 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…