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March 15, 2018

Religion
Uighur men leave a mosque following the Eid prayers in Kashgar. Religion in China

As religious observance in China grows, the Chinese Communist Party continues to toughen oversight, increase religious persecution, and attempt to coopt state-sanctioned religious organizations.

February 13, 2018

United States
The Marshall Plan by Benn Steil The Marshall Plan Holds Lessons for Present Tensions With Russia, Benn Steil Writes in New Book

February 13, 2018—The Marshall Plan—the costly and ambitious initiative to revive western Europe after World War II—marked the true beginning of the Cold War, argues Benn Steil. Bringing to bear new …

December 18, 2017

China
Turnbull_Li_3.24.2017 For Clues on How to Address China’s Growing Political Influence Strategies, Look to Australia

Part of a Series of China’s Growing Influence Within Democratic Societies In a relatively short period of time, international media attention—and attention by policymakers—has focused on Beijing’s…

January 3, 2013

Rule of Law
landesa_west_bengal_emerging_voices_property_rights Emerging Voices: Amanda Richardson on Land Rights for Women

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is from Amanda Richardson, an attorn…

October 13, 2017

United States
navy birthday Happy 242nd Birthday to the U.S. Navy!

The U.S. Navy turns 242 years-old today. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned two ships, each with eighty sailors, “for intercepting such transports as may be laden with warlike…

May 18, 2018

United States
Play Modern Slavery The Reality of Modern Slavery

From debt bondage in India, forced labor in North Korea, and human trafficking in Europe and the United States, an estimated 40.3 million people worldwide are victims of modern slavery.

November 26, 2016

Cuba
On the Death of Fidel Castro

On the death of Fidel Castro my thoughts today turned immediately to Huber Matos, who sadly did not live to see this day. Matos was a true hero of the Cuban Revolution--and was therefore imprisone…

Present

The Future of the Kurds

Over the last two decades, developments in the Middle East have helped transform the Kurds’ struggle for greater recognition and even self-determination from a country-specific issue to a regional an…

November 2, 2017

Defense and Security
Podcast Female Special Task Force (STF), Sri Lanka Measuring Progress on Women's Inclusion, Justice, and Security

In the aftermath of the passage of the Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017, Ambassador Aas and Dr. Klugman join us for a discussion about the first ever global index bridging both women’s inclusio…

July 9, 2012

Infrastructure
Linemen work to try to restore power to a neighborhood in Falls Church, Virginia on July 3, 2012 (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters). Who’s to Blame for the Power Outages?

There’s nothing like six days without electricity in the middle of a record heat wave to leave one with the feeling that somebody must be doing something wrong. I shouldn’t really complain too much. …