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December 9, 2016

Elections and Voting
Ten Elections to Watch in 2017

Millions of people around the world went to the polls this year. The results provided plenty of surprises. British voters defied the pollsters and voted to leave the European Union. Colombians did mu…

Iranian woman holding her daughter casts her ballot during elections for the parliament and Assembly of Experts, in Tehran

October 20, 2016

Health
Podcast: The Next WHO DG: What Skills and Experiences are we Looking For?

The following is a guest post by my colleague Yanzhong Huang, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations. The Ebola epidemic undermined the confidence that states and the in…

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November 14, 2016

Health
Who is the Likely Forerunner in the WHO Director-General Election?

The following is a guest post by my colleague Yanzhong Huang, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, and his research associate Gabriella Meltzer. With the generous s…

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August 19, 2016

China
Friday Asia Update: Five Stories From the Week of August 19, 2016

Rachel Brown, Sherry Cho, Lincoln Davidson, Gabriella Meltzer, and Gabriel Walker look at five stories from Asia this week. 1. Indonesia sinks illegal fishing boats. In a move intended to assert sov…

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June 6, 2016

International Organizations
Let the Sunshine in: Increasing Transparency in UN Elections

The following is a guest post by Megan Roberts, associate director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Sunlight is the best disinfect…

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February 17, 2016

Health
From Ebola to Zika: Why the World Needs WHO Reform

The following is a guest post by Daniel Chardell, research associate in the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. As the Zika virus spreads …

Children watch a municipal worker spray insecticide in Recife, Brazil, on January 26, 2016.

May 8, 2015

China
Friday Asia Update: Top Five Stories for the Week of May 8, 2015

Ashlyn Anderson, Lauren Dickey, Darcie Draudt, William Piekos, and Ariella Rotenberg look at the top stories in Asia today.1. Mass graves of human trafficking camp unearthed in Thailand. Police exhum…

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February 20, 2015

China
Friday Asia Update: Top Five Stories for the Week of February 20, 2015

Ashlyn Anderson, Lauren Dickey, Darcie Draudt, William Piekos, Ariella Rotenberg, and Sharone Tobias look at the top stories in Asia today. 1. Myanmar declares martial law in Kokang. President Thein…

Lion dancers perform for the opening of the Temple Fair, as part of Chinese New Year celebrations, at Ditan Park, also known as the Temple of Earth, in Beijing, February 18, 2015. The Chinese Lunar New Year on Feb. 19 will welcome the Year of the Sheep (also known as the Year of the Goat or Ram).  REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)

February 6, 2015

China
Time For Xi to Reform His Reforms

As Xi Jinping nears the two-year mark of his tenure as president of China, he might want to take stock of what is working on the political front and what is not. Here are some early wins and losses. …

A book vendor reads a book as he waits for customer next to portraits of Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and late Chairman Mao Zedong, at an open-air fair in Juancheng county, Shandong province January 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA

December 8, 2014

China
Allen Grane: Combating the African Wildlife Trade in China

Allen Grane is a research associate for Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Recently, the Animal Planet aired a documentary entitled “Saving Africa’s Giants with Yao Ming.” The show,…

A herd of elephants confronts a hippopotamus at a watering hole in Hwange National Park October 14, 2014. The watering hole was one of several that were contaminated by poachers with cyanide in 2013, leading to the death of at least 100 animals, according to Zimbabwean authorities. Picture taken October 14, 2014. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo (ZIMBABWE - Tags: ANIMALS CRIME LAW)