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January 18, 2018

El Salvador
Police arrest a woman as they search people for drugs and weapons during a patrol in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Central America’s Violent Northern Triangle

Violence and rampant crime have driven asylum seekers from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to the United States, which is seeking to help address the root causes.

June 13, 2016

Defense and Security
blogterrorism The Orlando Massacre and Global Terrorism

A brief note to place Sunday morning’s horrific massacre in Orlando, Florida, within the broader global context of terrorism. In 2014, the last year for which there is complete data, there were eight…

October 10, 2017

Refugees and Displaced Persons
Ethnic Yazidis flee the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq. How Does the U.S. Refugee System Work?

The United States has long accepted refugees from around the world, but President Trump’s executive orders on immigration have sparked debate over the national security implications of its refugee pr…

June 16, 2016

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Imam Syed Shafeeq Rahman of the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce offers a prayer for victims of the Orlando shooting, in Fort Pierce, Florida on June 12, 2016. (Joe Skipper/Reuters) The Orlando Massacre and the Conundrum of Online Radicalization

After the terrorist attack in Orlando, President Obama stated “the killer took in extremist information and propaganda over the Internet.” FBI Director James Comey said Omar Mateen’s radicalization o…

June 17, 2016

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2016 Friday Foreign Policy Roundup: The Orlando Mass Shooting Heightens Terrorism Concerns

Polls done in the wake of Sunday’s horrifying mass shooting in Orlando confirm two truths about public opinion: what Americans worry about shifts with events, and Democrats and Republicans view the w…

December 16, 2016

Global
photo-for-events-blog-post-min Ten Most Significant World Events in 2016

Stories began appearing midway through 2016 asking whether it was the worst year ever. It wasn’t. It’s not even the worst year in the last half century. (Try 1968. Or 1974. Or 1979.) But 2016 certain…

October 4, 2016

Malaysia
indonesia-islamic-state South and Southeast Asia—The Islamic State’s New Front?

Over the past year, as the Islamic State (ISIS) has suffered multiple losses in Syria and Iraq, the group has clearly been looking to widen its impact, taking the fight to countries outside of the Mi…

April 22, 2016

Americas
A demonstrator holds a sign that reads "Out JOH", in a reference to Honduras' President Juan Orlando Hernandez, during a march to demand the resignation of Hernandez in Tegucigalpa, August 21, 2015. Thousands of protesters have been continuing demonstrations in Tegucigalpa, calling for the resignation of Hernandez over a $200 million corruption scandal at the Honduran Institute of Social Security (Reuters/Jorge Cabrera). This Week in Markets and Democracy: Honduras’ Anticorruption Fight, Freedom House Report, Conflict Minerals Setback

Honduras’ New Anticorruption Fighter Takes on the President Last summer allegations that Honduran officials stole more than $200 million dollars from the social security system led to widespread pu…

October 23, 2015

Americas
A supporter of former Tanzania's Prime Minister and main opposition party CHADEMA presidential candidate Edward Lowassa cheers during his campaign rally in Tanga October 21, 2015. Tanzanians will go to the polls on October 25 to elect their fifth president. (Reuters/Stringer) This Week in Markets and Democracy: Corruption in Honduras and an Election Timeline

CFR’s Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy (CSMD) Program highlights noteworthy events and articles each Friday in “This Week in Markets and Democracy.”    U.S. Acts on Honduran Corruption Hondur…

April 22, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
Vacancy in Cairo

As a former official of the George W. Bush administration, I’ve always been amazed and amused by the foolish trope that that administration believed in military power and bullying, as contrasted with…