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April 16, 2019

Radicalization and Extremism
The Fight Against Extremism: How We Win

Farah Pandith and Kal Penn discuss how to inoculate communities against extremism, as well as Pandith’s new book, How We Win: How Cutting-Edge Entrepreneurs, Political Visionaries, Enlightened Busine…

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April 8, 2019

Japan
Japan Rearmed

Japan’s United States–imposed postwar constitution renounced the use of offensive military force, but, Sheila Smith shows, a nuclear North Korea and an increasingly assertive China have the Japanese rethinking that commitment—and their reliance on U.S. security.

April 2, 2019

U.S. Foreign Policy
The Road Not Taken

In chronicling the adventurous life of legendary CIA operative Edward Lansdale, The Road Not Taken definitively reframes our understanding of the Vietnam War.

March 22, 2019

Mozambique
The American Midwest and Southeastern Africa Hit by Storms and Flooding

In March, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi have experienced severe flooding from Cyclone Idai. Around the same time, parts of Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska experienced devastating flooding along parts of the Missouri River system caused by heavy snowmelt and rain. 

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March 21, 2019

Conflict Prevention
Waving Goodbye to Dinosaurs: The Strategic Advantage of Women at the Peace Table

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This post is authored by Monica McWilliams…

Monica McWilliams and members of the Northern Ireland Women's Coalition speak to the press outside the Stormont Assembly building during the Good Friday Negotiations.

March 21, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
Ebola in DRC Spreads to Urban Areas Amid Conflict

A case of Ebola, the deadly hemorrhagic fever with terrifying symptoms, has been found in the second-largest city in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The city, Bunia, has a population of almost one million. The disease has already been identified in Butembo and Beni, the former with a population slightly larger than Bunia, the latter slightly smaller. The disease is now urban and rural in eastern Congo.

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March 20, 2019

Southeast Asia
Indonesia’s Election: Drift in the Most Important State in Southeast Asia

Indonesia, the biggest economy in Southeast Asia and long the dominant strategic actor, is a country whose bilateral relationship with the United States has historically underperformed its potential…

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March 20, 2019

South Africa
ANC Power Broker Arrested Prior to Elections in South Africa

South Africa’s national elections will take place on May 8. Looking toward that event, the African national Congress (ANC) and its leader, state president Cyril Ramaphosa, is working to improve the party’s image, much besmirched by corruption and mafia-style assassinations.

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March 20, 2019

Indonesia
Indonesia’s Election: Southeast Asia’s Drifting Heavyweight

Indonesia’s high-stakes vote for president is likely to result in more political stagnation for the world’s third-largest democracy.

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March 20, 2019

Algeria
Don’t Get Your Hopes Up About Algeria

The Middle East’s latest protests seem like the Arab Spring all over again. That’s no reason for optimism.

People take part in a protest demanding immediate political change in Algiers, Algeria March 12, 2019