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October 12, 2008

Financial Markets
On the precipice

Words no Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund ever wants to utter: “Intensifying solvency concerns about a number of the largest US-based and European financial institutions have pu…

August 12, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Friday File: The GOP Debate Meets Budget Math

Winthrop, Iowa. (Jessica Rinaldi/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Foreign policy took a back seat to Obama bashing and internal GOP sniping in last night’s Republican presidential debate. Rick Sant…

A farm in the town of Winthrop, Iowa. (Jessica Rinaldi/courtesy Reuters)

August 18, 2011

Conflict Prevention
Movie Review: The Interrupters

An aerial view of downtown Chicago is seen from Air Force One July 6, 2006 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters). I want to highly recommend a new documentary film, “The Interrupters,” which provides a grip…

Movie Review: The Interrupters

October 21, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Friday File: The Super Committee Has Thirty-Three Days

A pigeon sits on a clock in Frankfurt. (Alex Domanski/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. The super committee now has a bit more than a month to strike a long-term deficit reduction deal. I’m skeptica…

A pigeon sits on a clock in front of the Frankfurt stock exchange, August 25, 2011. REUTERS/Alex Domanski (GERMANY - Tags: ANIMALS)

September 19, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Boko Haram in the Niger Delta?

A man, suspected of being involved in a series of bomb attacks, walks handcuffed outside the Wuse magistrate court in Nigeria's capital Abuja September 13, 2011. (Afolabi Sotunde/Courtesy Reuter…

Boko Haram in the Niger Delta?

February 14, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria: Bayelsa Votes

Bayelsa state, in the oil-rich Niger Delta, went to the polls on Saturday to elect a new governor. The winner, by a huge majority, was Henry Dickson, the PDP candidate and a close political ally of P…

An electoral official pastes local results of presidential elections on the wall of the Yenagoa electoral commission in Bayelsa, April 17, 2011.

April 16, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Mali Half-way to a Solution?

President Amadou Toure agreed to step down as president, clearing the way for the vice president to become chief of state. The military in turn agreed to the restoration of constitutional government…


June 12, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Mali’s Elections and the Issues of Kidal

France and the United States are leading the push for elections to proceed on schedule in Mali in late July. The urgency reflects the view that elections are crucial to ending the rift in Bamako and …

Soldiers from the Tuareg rebel group MNLA sit in a pickup truck in the northeastern town of Kidal February 4, 2013.

July 29, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Mali’s Elections: Still More Questions Than Answers

Information about Mali’s polling on Sunday, July 28 is coming from western sources–notably Radio France Internationale (RFI), Deutsche Welle (DW), and Voice of America (VOA). As is usual the day afte…

A woman casts her vote during Mali's presidential election in Timbuktu, Mali, July 28, 2013.

December 10, 2013

Politics and Government
Ten Elections to Watch in 2014

Two thousand and thirteen won’t go down in the history books as a banner year for globally significant elections. True, the election of Hassan Rouhani changed the tone in Tehran and possibly opened t…

Voters line up outside a polling booth during the state assembly election last week in New Delhi, India. (Ahmad Masood/Courtesy Reuters)