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June 29, 2017

Nigeria
President-Buhari-Health Buhari's Ramadan Message Fuels Speculation Over His Health

To mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan (Eid-el-Fitr), Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari broadcast a congratulatory statement, as is the norm in Nigeria and many other countries with a …

September 29, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
Israeli Tanks Cross the Suez Canal Weekend Reading: The Yom Kippur War

Who knew that Leonard Cohen flew to Israel during the conflict to sing to Israeli troops?   From Disaster to (Limited) Victory. An Egyptian officer’s view of the Ramadan War.

June 12, 2017

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
A Red Cross worker sprays bleach to disinfect children in Forecariah, Guinea. Ebola Virus

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa killed thousands and spurred efforts to improve responses to pandemics.

June 8, 2017

Islamic State
A boy is evacuated from the Iranian parliament during an attack. Why Did the Islamic State Target Tehran?

With its attacks in Iran, the Islamic State is trying to demonstrate that despite military setbacks it remains a capable Sunni vanguard.

June 7, 2017

Health
Tedros-Chan-WHO Tedros, Taiwan, and Trump: What They Tell Us About China’s Growing Clout in Global Health

In one of my recent blog posts on the World Health Organization (WHO) director general (DG) election, I discussed how the new election procedure has reduced the advantage larger states have in influe…

April 21, 2017

China
Feng-Xiaogang-award Chinese Cinema’s Absent Allure

Larry Hong is an intern in the Asia program at the Council on Foreign Relations and a senior at Columbia University. This is the second post in his three-part series on the relationship between Holly…

March 2, 2013

Saudi Arabia
march12013weekendreading Weekend Reading: Saudi Tweets, Ennahda’s Decline, and Ramadan’s Odd Missive

An interview with anonymous Twitter user @Mujtahidd, who has been tweeting provocative things about Saudi Arabia’s rulers. An article from Muftah, discussing the declining credibility of Tunisia’s E…

February 17, 2017

China
A Lethal Bird Flu Returns to China

A surge in deaths in China from a virulent form of influenza has set off a scramble among health officials to find infected bird stocks, while experts have yet to produce a viable vaccine, writes CFR…

December 9, 2016

Elections and Voting
Iranian woman holding her daughter casts her ballot during elections for the parliament and Assembly of Experts, in Tehran Ten Elections to Watch in 2017

Millions of people around the world went to the polls this year. The results provided plenty of surprises. British voters defied the pollsters and voted to leave the European Union. Colombians did mu…