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May 24, 2018

World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on May 18, 2018. A Scorecard for Dr. Tedros as the WHO’s Director-General

Tedros’s first year as Director-General of the WHO demonstrated his vision, leadership, and ability to seize an opportunity for action. However, concerns remain regarding his willingness to balance p…

June 14, 2018

Laos
A Great Place to Have a War Teaching Notes A Great Place to Have a War

Teaching Notes for A Great Place to Have a War, written by CFR Senior Fellow Joshua Kurlantzick, on the story of the CIA's covert war in Laos during the Vietnam War.

June 12, 2018

Palestinian Territories
Prince William (and the Foreign Office) in Jerusalem

I’ve written many times about the British royal family’s remarkable record of refusing to make an official visit to Israel while making scores of visits to Arab capitals. That will change in a matter…

April 12, 2018

Digital Policy
Zuck Cyber Week in Review: April 13, 2018

This week: Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Congress, internet connections severed in West Africa, and Germany and the United Kingdom call out Russian cyber operations. 

November 28, 2017

Islamic State
ISIS flag Terrorism, the Internet, and the Islamic State’s Defeat: It’s Over, But It’s Not Over

The roll-back of the self-declared Islamic State group's territory does not mean that its online presence has shrunk.

October 27, 2016

Politics and Government
gambia-woman_rtr1hmit Five Questions With Dr. Isatou Touray, Gambia’s First Female Presidential Candidate

The Five Questions Series is a forum for scholars, government officials, civil society leaders, and foreign policy practitioners to provide timely analysis of new developments related to the advancem…

September 25, 2017

North Korea
Speaking About Regime Change

The White House said today that it is not advocating regime change in North Korea. Why ever not? This is generally agreed to be the worst regime in the world, whose viciousness, brutality, star…

February 21, 2013

China
Dr. Strangelove or: How China Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Dollar Dr. Strangelove or: How China Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Dollar

China has since 1994 operated some form of currency peg, harder or softer, between its yuan and the U.S. dollar. While China’s state-run Xinhua news agency has in recent years railed against U.S. …

August 16, 2017

Radicalization and Extremism
Charlottesville The U.S. Far Right’s Message of Hate Will Not Prevail Outside Its Internet Echo Chamber

The U.S. far right has learned from the self-declared Islamic State to spread its message of hate online. Fortunately, the neo-Nazi message is less likely to spread offline in the United States.

October 14, 2008

Economics
Congratulations Dr. Krugman

Obviously very well-deserved. Of course, I am more-than-a-little biased. A few weeks ago, I was thrilled to find out that this blog was on the reading list of an upper level Princeton course…