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January 5, 2015

Killing “The Death of Sykes-Picot”

Happy New Year! Devoted readers of this blog will know that I generally loathe the annual end- and beginning-of-the-year roundups, lists, retrospectives, and prognostications. “Lame” is the only way …

Killing The Death of Sykes-Picot_2

November 6, 2014

United States
Ten Cold War Films Worth Watching

The Cold War has provided the grist for rich histories, enlightening memoirs, and terrific novels. It has also provided source material for some great movies. Here in alphabetical order are my ten fa…

Tinker-Tailor-Soldier-Spy

June 1, 2009

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Terrorism Havens: Philippines

A profile of terrorism in the Philippines.

April 16, 2008

Americas
Energy Bottlenecks in South America

South America faces energy shortfalls at the same time that several countries have nationalized energy resources. Experts say a lack of cooperation on energy policy could hinder regional economic gro…

January 28, 2013

China
Why China Hands Think What They Think

These days, China books are a dime a dozen and so, too, are China analysts. Journalists, scholars, businesspeople, general foreign policy analysts, and random people living in Beijing all have someth…

My First Trip to China. Kin-Ming Liu. http://www.musemag.hk/musestore/product.php?id=60

September 28, 2007

Iraq
The Iraq Data Debate: Civilian Casualties from 2006 to 2007

Gen. David Petraeus’ assertions about falling casualties in Iraq are supported by a range of objective sources. But his testimony to Congress does not establish whether the decline is attributable to…

April 30, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Guest Post: Convicting Charles Taylor: Justice for Sierra Leoneans

This is a guest post by Mohamed Jallow, a former interdepartmental associate at the Council on Foreign Relations, and now a program development specialist at IntraHealth International. Mohamed came t…

A sign commemorating the start of the civil war is displayed at a memorial site where the conflict began, in the village of Bomaru, eastern Sierra Leone April 22, 2012.

March 5, 2012

Climate Change
The Death of Outdoor Hockey Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

Faceoff at the 2011 Heritage Classic / WikiMedia Commons The headlines are enough to send a cold shiver through the bones of even the most bundled up hockey fan. “Face-Off: How Climate Change Could …

Faceoff at the 2011 Heritage Classic

June 14, 2006

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Profile: Abu Bakar Bashir (a.k.a. Ba’asyir)

A profile of Abu Bakar Bashir, the Indonesian cleric whose fiery invectives have motivated terrorist attacks like the 2002 Bali bombings, and who some experts say is affiliated with al-Qaeda.

May 20, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Has Congress Abandoned Its War Power?

Capitol Hill seen at sunrise. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters)   Above the Fold. The ringing you heard today is the timer expiring on the War Power Resolution’s sixty-day clock. Back on March 20, Presi…

Capitol Hill seen at sunrise.