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July 18, 2019

United States
Who Counts in the 2020 U.S. Census?

If the Trump administration succeeds in securing citizenship data, the 2020 census could transform the way in which political power is distributed in the United States.

May 23, 2019

Japan
Forty-Two and Counting…The Trump-Abe Connection

Yesterday the Washington Post reported that Japanese government officials who tracked the metrics of the Abe-Trump relationship tallied forty-two conversations, in person and on the phone. This is an…

U.S. President Donald Trump greets Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 26, 2018.

July 23, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Alex Perry on Nigeria’s Boko Haram

With its violence, its ritualized executions, its mixture of the utterly archaic with AK-47s and YouTube videos, its behavior modeling based on a nineteenth century interpretation of an obscure medie…

The Hunt for Boko Haram: Investigating the Terror Tearing Nigeria Apart, by Alex Perry

June 26, 2018

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe’s Elections: Whose Confidence Counts?

Last month, Zimbabwean Permanent Secretary for Information Media and Broadcasting Services George Charamba told the press that Zimbabwe's upcoming July 30 elections are “an instrument of foreign policy.” This is a strange way to think about a democratic exercise, and it raises serious concerns about Zimbabwe's future.

Zimbabwe’s Elections – Whose Confidence Counts?

February 1, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Time to Count Women's Work

This blog was coauthored with Becky Allen, a research associate in the Women and Foreign Policy program at the Council on Foreign Relations. You can follow her @allenbecky8. As global leaders gath…

Women's household work

November 13, 2019

United States
A Big Borrower and a Giant Corporate Tax Dodge? How Best to Describe the U.S. External Balance Sheet

Most grandiose explanations for the United States' persistent surplus in the income balance of the U.S. current account miss the mark. The U.S. debt position tracks the sum of past current account de…

A Big Borrower and a Giant Corporate Tax Dodge? How Best to Describe the U.S. External Balance Sheet

October 31, 2019

Russia
Ill Winds: A Review

Renowned democracy expert Larry Diamond argues in his sweeping new book, Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency, that there are multiple major threa…

China's President Xi Jinping and Russia's President Vladimir Putin attend a signing ceremony during Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Qingdao, Shandong Province, China on June 10, 2018.

October 31, 2019

United States
The National Debt Dilemma

With the U.S. national debt already exceeding $16 trillion, President Trump’s tax reform and budget deals with Congress have added to the country’s deficits. CFR explores the origins of the national debt, the risks it presents, and the outlook for change.

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October 30, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Bill Weld, Republican Presidential Candidate

Bill Weld was the first Republican to officially announce he would challenge Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination. Weld knows that his bid faces long odds. Roughly nine out of ten …

Bill Weld