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September 10, 2018

Southeast Asia
Kem Sokha_9.10.2018 Cambodian Politics Enters Its Post-Election Phase

Following July’s massive victory in unfree and unfair elections, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, whose ruling party took every seat in the lower house, appears to be adopting a time-tested strategy…

August 14, 2018

United States
The Unconstrained Presidency: Checks and Balances Eroded Long Before Trump

This article was originally published in Foreign Affairs.  In the age of Donald Trump, it often feels as though one individual has the power to chart the United States’ course in the world all by …

May 31, 2018

Digital Policy
Pompeo Cyber Week in Review: June 1, 2018

This week: the State Department releases long awaited cyber strategies, Apple gets sucked into the Russia-Telegram fight, and Papua New Guinea bans Facebook. 

April 20, 2018

Media
Play Disinformation and media literacy Political Disruptions: Combating Disinformation and Fake News

Kelly M. Greenhill, Joan Donovan, and Benjamin T. Decker assess the challenges of disinformation and media literacy, and its role in U.S. democracy, with Richard Stengel, as part of the 2018 CFR College and University Educators Workshop.

April 20, 2018

Health Policy and Initiatives
Women and their children wait in line to receive a polio vaccine shot at a health centre in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Are There Still Shortcuts on the Road to Health? The Role of Philanthropy, Technology, and Community Health Systems

Nearly forty years ago, Jon Rohde wrote a paper that argued that the “road to health has shortcuts,” advocating a strategy of expanded childhood immunization that helped inspire the UNICEF and World …

March 29, 2018

Energy and Environment
Play solar energy 'Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet'

Varun Sivaram discusses his forthcoming book, Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet. 

February 27, 2018

Venezuela
People cross over the Simon Bolivar international bridge to Colombia from San Antonio del Tachira. Venezuela's Neighbors Can't Wait for Uncle Sam

Venezuela’s refugee crisis is metastasizing. According to the United Nations, 5,000 Venezuelans have fled to Curacao, 20,000 to Aruba, 30,000 to Brazil, 40,000 to Trinidad and Tobago, and more than 6…

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January 24, 2018

United States
Did Tax Reform Really Give Walmart Employees a Raise? Did Tax Reform Really Give Walmart Employees a Raise?

“Thanks to the Tax Cuts And Jobs Act, Walmart—America’s largest employer—is raising wages,” tweeted House Speaker Paul Ryan on January 11. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon was only too happy to embrace …

December 28, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
African Leaders Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’ Syndrome

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state, but civil society and regional blocs may be slowing the trend of extending presidential terms in some areas.