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December 1, 2017

Political History and Theory
British soldiers marking the anniversary of the armistice that ended WW1. Ten Historical Anniversaries of Note in 2018

Anniversaries mark the passage of time, recall our triumphs, and honor our losses. Two thousand seventeen witnessed many significant historically anniversaries: the centennial of the U.S. entry into …

November 20, 2017

Mugabe-ZANU-PF-Coup-Impeachment Mugabe Holds On

In the face of expulsion from the ZANU-PF and an impending impeachment vote, Mugabe is still refusing to relinquish power.

October 13, 2017

Iran Nuclear Agreement Nuclear Agreement
Kerry-Zarif-RTX22N89.jpg The Impact of the Iran Nuclear Agreement

Iran has restricted its nuclear program and given international inspectors unprecedented access, but it has not seen the economy recovery expected in the aftermath of the agreement with international…

October 12, 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives at the Great Hall of the People in Beijng to celebrate the ninetieth anniversary of the People's Liberation Army, August 1, 2017. Making Sense of China’s Nineteenth Party Congress

As China’s senior Communist Party members anoint its future leaders, President Xi Jinping is poised to solidify his position and power at next week’s party congress.

September 18, 2017

United States
Air Force Birthday The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 70th Birthday Today

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 70 years-old today. On September 18, 1947, Chief Justice Fred Vinson swore in Stuart Symington as the first secretary of the air force, officially founding a …

August 31, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Senator-Coons-West-Africa-CODEL Codel to West Africa

With the exception of U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Halley, the Trump administration has shown little interest in Africa. It has been very slow to make Africa-related appointments: there is still n…

August 28, 2017

Robots and Artificial Intelligence
Ex Machina The Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities to Artificial Intelligence

The tech world hopes that artificial intelligence (AI) will make our lives easier, but are they paying enough attention to its inherent cybersecurity vulnerabilities?

October 10, 2016

vietnam-a-modern-history Review of "The Penguin History of Modern Vietnam" by Christopher Goscha

In forty years, the relationship between the United States and Vietnam has swung about as widely as is possible. In 1975, the United States cut diplomatic ties with the country after the end of the V…

March 22, 2018

U.S. Relations with China

Since 1949, U.S.-Sino relations have evolved from tense standoffs to a complex mix of intensifying diplomacy, growing international rivalry, and increasingly intertwined economies.

July 21, 2017

Digital Policy
Chris Painter Cyber Week in Review: July 21, 2017

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed: 1. What am I going to do with all this diet coke now? Christopher Painter, the State Departmen…