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March 6, 2012

Asia
Can the Bloom Return to Indonesia’s Democracy?

Months of revelations of alleged scandals of major figures in President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s Democratic Party has slowly but surely dragged down public opinion in Indonesia of the government, a…

Former Democratic Party treasurer Nazaruddin Muhammad, escorted by policemen, leaves the Corruption Eradication Commission office in Jakarta.

November 12, 2012

Regional Organizations
The Future of Middle East Regionalism: Can an Institutional Desert Bloom?

—Cairo, November 12, 2012 It is a paradox of the modern Middle East that an area so rife with common security, economic, and ecological challenges should be such an institutional desert when it come…

A general view of the Arab League foreign ministers meeting on Syria at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo

July 9, 2018

China
U.S.-China Trade War: How We Got Here

Background reading for the trade war with China.

Staff members set up Chinese and U.S. flags for a meeting between Chinese Transport Minister Li Xiaopeng and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao at the Ministry of Transport of China in Beijing, China April 27, 2018

May 29, 2018

Canada
Is Canada Back? Trudeau’s Peacekeeping Promises Are Not Enough

Trudeau’s pledged UN peacekeeping contributions are an important step toward fulfilling his foreign policy promises, but if he is serious about renewing Canada’s leadership in peacekeeping, it is not…

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, New York on September 19, 2016.

February 27, 2018

Southeast Asia
Islamist Groups Could Swing Malaysian and Indonesian Elections

After months of speculation, many signs indicate that Malaysia will hold its national elections in late April or early May. According to reports in the Malaysian press, the country’s election commiss…

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February 21, 2018

South Africa
Renewing U.S.-South Africa Relations Under President Ramaphosa

His forthright remarks represent a paradigm shift in that country’s governance and governing principles and provides an opportunity for the United States to reengage with a strategic ally after nearly two decades of eroding relations.

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March 22, 2017

Education
Immigration Enforcement and the Impact on Higher Education

I delivered a short talk yesterday, March 21, at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, as part of a panel discussion arranged by Professor Al Teich on the impac…

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December 16, 2014

Europe and Eurasia
The Politics of IMF Crisis-Country Growth Projections

IMF GDP growth “projections” accompanying emergency lending programs are nothing of the sort; they are targets the level of which is necessarily set high enough to enable the interventions. Take …

The Politics of IMF Crisis-Country Growth Projections

May 25, 2016

You Might Have Missed: Academic Journals V

This is the fifth blog post in this series. The previous four were published in February, July, and October 2015, and January 2016, and highlight earlier academic findings.  David B. Carter, “Provoc…

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January 14, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
Some Good News From South Africa

It is unduly gloomy in sunny South Africa. The national currency, the rand, is falling; the economy is hardly growing at all; the Zuma administration appears mired in corruption and mismanagement. Th…

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