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February 4, 2016

indonesia-terrorism-southeast asia Democratic Regression and the Rise of Islamic State-Linked Militants in Southeast Asia

Read Part 1 here.  Part 2 After Jakarta’s initial successes against militants such as those from Jemaah Islamiah, a new generation of Islamists began to emerge in Southeast Asia in the late 2000s a…

January 5, 2015

Killing The Death of Sykes-Picot_2 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 …

November 6, 2014

United States
Tinker-Tailor-Soldier-Spy 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…

June 1, 2009

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Terrorism Havens: Philippines

A profile of terrorism in the Philippines.

April 16, 2008

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

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

September 28, 2007

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
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. 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…

March 5, 2012

Climate Change
Faceoff at the 2011 Heritage Classic 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 …

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.