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December 8, 2017

Global
same sex marriage Same-Sex Marriage: Global Comparisons

A growing number of countries are legalizing same-sex marriage amid a steady advance in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights, but opposition remains strong in many countries.

September 26, 2017

United Nations
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during a meeting of the Security Council to discuss peacekeeping operations at UN headquarters in New York on September 20, 2017. Could the Rohingya Crisis Be a Turning Point for Guterres?

The following is a guest post by Megan Roberts, associate director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. The pace and scale of the vi…

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…

May 17, 2017

Americas
A Venezuelan opposition supporter carries a sign that reads, "OAS: come and see," in front of a mural depicting late President Hugo Chavez in Caracas in October 2009. The Organization of American States

The Organization of American States is an important forum for regional diplomacy, but it has been hesitant to censure member states for violating democratic principles.

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. …

February 26, 2017

International Organizations
Brendan McDermid/Reuters The Role of the UN Secretary-General

The UN’s top leadership position has broad authority to steer the organization’s agenda but its impact has varied widely among office holders since 1946.

October 12, 2016

Americas
Javier Duarte, governor of the state of Veracruz, attends a news conference in Xalapa, Mexico, August 10, 2015 (Reuters/Stringer). Mexico’s Corrupt Governors

Last June, Mexico elected new governors in twelve of its thirty-one states. As millions of voters went to the urns, corruption was a top concern (along with insecurity). Eight states saw the incumben…

October 11, 2016

United States
mexicos-corrupt-governors-lam Mexico’s Corrupt Governors

Last June, Mexico elected new governors in twelve of its thirty-one states. As millions of voters went to the urns, corruption was a top concern (along with insecurity). Eight states saw the incumben…

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…

May 12, 2015

United States
Ciudad Juarez - LAM Saving Ciudad Juarez

In 2010, the homicide rate in Mexico’s Ciudad Juarez rose to over 250 per 100,000 inhabitants making it the most dangerous city in the world. Other crimes—extortions, kidnappings, and carjackings—als…