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July 12, 2017

Qatar
Al Jazeera English covers the 2011 Arab uprisings at its Doha headquarters. How Al Jazeera Amplifies Qatar’s Clout

One of the world’s most-watched news networks is at the center of a geopolitical rift between a Saudi-led bloc and the broadcaster’s funder, Qatar.

April 21, 2017

Cyber Week in Review: April 21, 2017

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed: 1. Cyber operations and tensions on the Korean Peninsula. There were two stories this week that …

April 11, 2017

United States
Foreign-Aid-BGR-Header-1160x630.jpg How Does the U.S. Spend Its Foreign Aid?

With President Donald J. Trump advocating for deep cuts to U.S. foreign aid, debate has renewed over the role of foreign assistance funds in boosting growth, promoting democracy, and saving lives.

March 28, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Somalia Famine Famine in Africa Getting U.S. Media Attention

The March 28, 2017 edition of The New York Times on the front page above the fold has a color image of a Somali child clearly starving to death. Heading up The Times’s international section is a full…

December 22, 2016

China
confucius-umbrellas Podcast: In China, What’s New and What’s Old?

According to Jeffrey Wasserstrom, professor of history at the University of California, Irvine, and editor of the recently published Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China, China is a place that …

September 16, 2016

Wars and Conflict
British comedian known as Lee Nelson (unseen) throws banknotes at FIFA President Sepp Blatter as he arrives for a news conference after the Extraordinary FIFA Executive Committee Meeting at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland July 20, 2015. World football's troubled governing body FIFA will vote for a new president, to replace Sepp Blatter, at a special congress to be held on February 26 in Zurich, the organisation said on Monday (Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann). This Week in Markets and Democracy: FIFA Investigations, Corruption in Romania and the Maldives, New South Sudan Report

FIFA Investigates Its Own Corruption A year after the United States and Switzerland went after top FIFA officials on fraud, money laundering, and racketeering charges tied to a $150 million corrupt…

October 24, 2016

Cybersecurity
CFR Cyber Net Politics Sneaky Panda When Naming Cyber Threat Actors Does More Harm Than Good

Max Smeets is a D.Phil candidate and cyber research affiliate at the University of Oxford. His work analyzes the proliferation of cyber weapons. Cybersecurity firms, despite their increasing promine…

May 9, 2013

Economic Crises
A Conversation with Jeffrey M. Lacker

Jeffrey M. Lacker discusses "too big to fail" protection for financial institutions and credible alternatives to this policy.

March 10, 2016

Middle East and North Africa
The President Gratuitously Damages American Alliances

American alliances are not in good shape these days, with many countries worrying that President Obama does not value the alliances, their own role in those alliances, or the commitments our alliance…

February 8, 2013

Labor and Employment
A homeless man makes his way down the street before sunrise (Mike Blake/Courtesy Reuters). Policy Initiative Spotlight: Social Programs Funded by Success

Last month Harvard’s Kennedy School and the Rockefeller Foundation announced a program to provide free technical assistance to four states and local governments pursuing social impact bonds (SIBs), o…