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June 28, 2018

India
Afghan security forces keep watch at a check point close to a compound of Afghanistan's national intelligence agency in Kabul, Afghanistan. December 25, 2017. Omar Sobhani/Reuters Five Questions With C. Christine Fair on India, Afghanistan, and Iran

The U.S. exit from the Iran deal will affect Afghanistan. To learn more about how, and what this means for U.S. national interests, I spoke with Georgetown University Professor C. Christine Fair, a s…

June 25, 2018

Turkey
A supporters of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan holds his picture in front of a Turkish flag, in front of Turkey's ruling AK Party (AKP) headquarters in Istanbul, Turkey. June 24, 2018. Turkey’s Elections: Partially Free, Fair, and Fake

It should not be a surprise except to the most hopeful that Recep Tayyip Erdogan is once again president of Turkey and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) will enjoy an effective parliamentary ma…

August 9, 2018

Pakistan
Podcast Pakistan With Christine Fair Pakistan With Christine Fair

Christine Fair, associate professor at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and expert on South Asian political and military affairs, joins James M. Lindsay to discuss Pa…

August 16, 2018

Corruption
A gavel is seen after a session held by the Supreme Court of Justice in Colombia on September 27, 2017. Latin America Needs Better Judges

Widespread corruption in Latin America’s judicial systems--such as Supreme Court justices engaging in bribery in Colombia and Peru, lawyers rigging judge appointments in Guatemala, and the attorney general firing an investigator for looking into corruption in Mexico--- requires more than laws to fix. It means building a professional civil service. While a daunting task, Chile and Brazil can point the way.

August 13, 2018

Turkey
U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan gesture as they talk at the start of the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium on July 11, 2018. Trump Is the First President to Get Turkey Right

Last Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan published an op-ed in the New York Times outlining his country’s grievances toward the United States. The Turkish leader raised valid concerns abou…

July 23, 2018

Women and Economic Growth
Palestinian women trained in horticulture and business management as part of a business initiative aimed at helping them into the local workforce, work at their greenhouse business. United States should capitalize — literally — on the #MeToo moment

The U.S. House of Representatives just passed legislation to promote economic growth by eliminating barriers to women’s economic opportunities globally. This is not just a question of fairness, but o…

July 31, 2018

Southeast Asia
Hun Sen_5.30.2018 Cambodia’s Elections: Some Initial Thoughts

In Cambodia’s elections this past weekend, Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) reportedly won all 125 of the seats contested in elections that were slammed by international observers, Cambodia’s…

July 30, 2018

International Economic Policy
Gone Fishing

I am planning to take the next few weeks off—no blogging. That at least is the plan, barring a major financial surprise. It thus seems a natural time to look back at the topics I have covered in t…

July 26, 2018

NAFTA
Oil Production Has Moved North, and Auto Production South Oil Production Has Moved North, and Auto Production South

Both Mexico and the U.S. are in a sense adjusting to (mild) oil shocks ...

July 19, 2018

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
President Trump at 2018 NATO Summit Trump’s Biggest Gift to Putin

The totality of President Donald Trump’s statements and actions against NATO makes clear that the United States cannot be relied on to come to the defense of its European allies.