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May 31, 2017

Global
Play fiscal policy and structural reform A Conversation With Robert Kaplan

Robert Kaplan discusses the importance of fiscal policy and structural reform.

Jun 20, 2017

Peacekeeping
Female Philippine peacekeeping force UN Peacekeeping: Where Are All the Women?

The following is a guest post by Megan Roberts, associate director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Next week Antonio Guterres w…

Jun 22, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
BP06222017 Kushner's Impossible Task in the Middle East Is the Easy Part

The next several years will likely hold continued violence and instability for the Middle East, where the "Arab Spring" largely failed to produce lasting improvements; these issues are beyond Washing…

Jun 12, 2017

Qatar
A Palestinian man holds a Qatari flag during a rally in support of Qatar, inside Qatari-funded construction project 'Hamad City', in the southern Gaza Strip June 9, 2017. Untangling the Qatar Kerfuffle

Sure, the tiny gulf state is a lousy ally — but so is everyone else in the region. 

May 23, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Robert Mugabe on a panel at the World Economic Forum. Health Watch: Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe

South African media is reporting that Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, 93, has “worsening health problems.” Apparently, his wife Grace “is in a quandary: she has to deal with Mugabe’s health challen…

May 15, 2017

Global Governance
Delegates protesting against the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement hold up signs. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) When America fails to lead, the whole world suffers

Coauthored with Megan Roberts, associate director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Today US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is …

May 18, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
Steven A. Cook Recounts the Failure of the Middle East Uprisings in New Book, “False Dawn”

June 1, 2017—More than half a decade after people across the Middle East poured into the streets to demand change, hopes for democracy in the region have all but disappeared in a maelstrom of violenc…

Jun 9, 2017

Egypt
Protestors gather in Tahrir Square on January 25, 2011 Weekend Listening: We Are Now Free

Listening selection for the weekend of June 9, 2017.

Jun 6, 2017

Intelligence
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management  gives out security clearances to government employee and contractors. Why I Have Nothing to Say About the NSA Leak

Emails from reporters started coming in last night. Could I comment on the leaked National Security Agency (NSA) report on Russian interference in the election?  The short answer was no. The re…