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July 19, 2018

North Korea
Pedestrians walk past portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il. North Korea’s Power Structure

In North Korea, all authority flows from Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. He has reinstated the party as the central hub to consolidate his power and bring elites to heel.

June 27, 2018

State and Local Governments
Mumbai's urban development The New City Multilateralism

As the world rapidly grows more urban, city leaders are turning to a new form of voluntary, locally oriented diplomacy to coordinate with their global peers on sustainable development, infrastructure…

April 25, 2018

Canada
Canada-Toronto-Police-Suspect-Arrest Toronto Shows What Better Police Training Looks Like

When Constable Ken Lam confronted Alek Minassian, suspected of driving through dozens of pedestrians on Yonge Street in Toronto on April 23, he had his gun drawn and sirens blaring. According to the New York Times, the constable successfully arrested Minassian without firing a shot.

December 27, 2017

United States
American obituaries Ten American Foreign Policy Influentials Who Died in 2017

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2017 who through…

October 27, 2017

Democratization
A woman carrying her child casts her vote during general elections in the district of Poroy in Cuzco, April 10, 2016. Public Perspectives Toward Democracy

I was recently featured on a panel with Katie Simmons and Ken Wollack, moderated by Bruce Stokes, that discussed global public opinion toward democracy amid the rise of populists and autocrats, and t…

June 8, 2008

Financial Markets
Ken Rogoff is also confused by the US policy towards dollar pegs

It is nice to be in good company. Ken Rogoff is as confused by US policy toward dollar pegs as I am. Rogoff: Does it make sense for the United States Treasury Secretary, Hank Paulson, to be tourin…

September 5, 2006

Europe
Can the G-7 (and the IMF) match Ken Rogoff?

I quite liked Ken Rogoff’s policy prescriptions for global rebalancing.  Specifically, I thought Rogoff got two key things right. First, He recognizes that Europe already is contributing …

October 4, 2017

Kurds
Kirkuk Statue Image Unraveling the Oil Geopolitics Intertwined in the Kurdish Independence Referendum

For over a decade, U.S. efforts to promote stability across the Middle East have run afoul of many complexities. The recent independence referendum in the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) territory …

January 13, 2012

North Korea
Leadership Transition in North Korea

On December 17, 2011, Kim Jong-il's seventeen-year rule came to an end as he reportedly succumbed to a heart attack. Nearly fifty hours after the event, the North Korean propaganda apparatus sprang i…

February 23, 2007

Iraq
Knights: British-Patrolled Province in ‘Shiite Civil War’

Michael Knights, a British expert on security in southern Iraq, says British efforts to improve security around Basra have fallen short.