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December 29, 2017

Iran
The Iran Protests -- and The New York Times

In the last few days there have been anti-government protests all over Iran. The BBC reports this as of Friday night, in a story entitled “Iranian cities hit by anti-government protests.” Anti-g…

January 17, 2018

Human Rights
modern slavery infoguide More Than 40 Million People Enslaved Worldwide, Shows New CFR InfoGuide

January 17, 2018—Slavery is universally prohibited by national and international laws, but more than 40 million people continue to be enslaved worldwide. Fueled by a population boom and extreme pover…

February 13, 2018

United States
The Marshall Plan Holds Lessons for Present Tensions With Russia, Benn Steil Writes in New Book

February 13, 2018—The Marshall Plan—the costly and ambitious initiative to revive western Europe after World War II—marked the true beginning of the Cold War, argues Benn Steil. Bringing to bear …

February 20, 2018

European Union
Macron Merkel Could Europe's New Data Protection Regulation Curb Online Disinformation?

European leaders are rushing to implement new laws to curb disinformation on social media. However, existing European data protection laws might actually make it harder for bad actors to spread fake …

February 21, 2018

Indonesia
Keeping the U.S.-Indonesia Relationship Moving Forward Fighting ISIS, Piracy, and Crime Should Guide U.S.-Indonesia Relations, Argues Kurlantzick in New Report

February 20, 2018—“The relationship between the United States and Indonesia has long underperformed its potential,” writes Joshua Kurlantzick, senior fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Forei…

April 17, 2017

Israel
The New York Times Calls a Convicted Terrorist a "Parliamentarian"

Today the New York Times ran an op-ed by Marwan Barghouti, and described him as "a Palestinian leader and parliamentarian." Period. In his op-ed, Barghouti states that he was first arrested at …

February 5, 2018

Cybersecurity
Cyber Operations Tracker New Entries in the CFR Cyber Operations Tracker

An update of the Council on Foreign Relations' Cyber Operations Tracker for the period of September to December 2017, and overall statistics of state-sponsored cyber operations for 2017.

January 5, 2018

India
How India Is Making its Place in the World India’s Time on the World Stage Has Come, Says New Book by Alyssa Ayres

January 4, 2018—“More than at any time over the past quarter-century, India is well on its way to global power,” writes Alyssa Ayres in a new book, Our Time Has Come: How India is Making its Place in…

February 22, 2018

Food and Water Security
Dry Cape Town dam Why Is Cape Town Drying Up?

A historic dry spell has severely affected Cape Town's water supply and global climate patterns suggest that other cities may face the same fate.

February 22, 2018

Puerto Rico
Counting Chickens Long Before They Hatch: Should Hurricane Maria Be Modeled as a Large Positive Growth Shock? Counting Chickens Long Before They Hatch: Should Hurricane Maria Be Modeled as a Large Positive Growth Shock?

Puerto Rico’s latest fiscal plan appears to use a best case scenario as its base case. It consequently doesn’t provide a realistic benchmark for evaluating Puerto Rico’s long-run capacity to pay.