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The Board of Directors provides overall direction of the Council.

September 24, 2015

Politics and Government
Lee Hsien Loong_Singapore_elections Singapore’s Ruling Party Defies the Odds

When Singapore split from Malaysia in 1965, becoming an independent city-state, its first elections were won by the People’s Action Party (PAP), then headed by Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, who had ov…

September 16, 2015

Bayrasli edited Ten Whats With...Elmira Bayrasli

Elmira Bayrasli is co-founder of Foreign Policy Interrupted and author of the new book, From the Other Side of the World: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Unlikely Places (Public Affairs, 2015) 1. What …

September 8, 2015

Asia
Lee-Hsien-Loon-singapore-elections Singapore’s General Election: More Continuity than Change

In advance of Singapore’s general elections on September 11, both of the major parties contesting the poll argue that this election will be definitive, even historic. At a press conference on Septemb…

October 12, 2011

Global
Mobile’s Role in Women’s Development

Cherie Blair, founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, discusses the gender gap in access to mobile technology. Research conducted by Blair’s organization has found that the gender gap is pa…

December 12, 2014

International Organizations
A Chinese fishing vessel that ran aground in Tubbataha Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is pictured in Palawan Province, west of Manila. No Blue, No Green: Climate Change and the Fate of the Oceans

Coauthored with Alexandra Kerr, assistant director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Extreme fluctuations in the global environment…

May 2, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
A view of the trading floor at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) at the end of trading hours in Lagos April 24, 2012. Guest Post: "Mad Men?": Business Looks Past Boko Haram, Focuses on Growth in South

This is a guest post by Jim Sanders, a career, now retired, West Africa watcher for various federal agencies. The views expressed below are his personal views and do not reflect those of his former e…

July 13, 2012

United States
Yemen missile You Might Have Missed: Drone Strikes, Threat Inflation, and Iran’s Military Power

Rebecca Hamilton, “Special Report: The Wonks Who Sold Washington on South Sudan,” Reuters, July 11, 2012. They called themselves the Council and gave each other clannish nicknames: the Emperor, the …

December 6, 2006

Iraq
The Baker-Hamilton Commission (aka Iraq Study Group)

As the much-discussed Iraq Study Group gears up to give its final report to Congress, there is a flurry of speculation over what its recommendations will include. Here is an inside look at the so-cal…