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January 8, 2018

Southeast Asia
As China Extends Its Influence Abroad, When Does Influence Become Interference?

Over the past six months, debates have grown in Australia and New Zealand about whether China is wielding more political influence within their borders than at any time in recent memory. In September…

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November 20, 2017

Zimbabwe
Mugabe Holds On

In the face of expulsion from the ZANU-PF and an impending impeachment vote, Mugabe is still refusing to relinquish power.

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September 19, 2017

Myanmar
Why Aung San Suu Kyi Mostly Ignores the Rakhine Crisis

Myanmar is essentially run by one of the world’s most lauded humanitarians. Yet since her party took power last year, Aung San Suu Kyi—the country’s de facto leader, though not its official president…

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March 15, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigerian Army Abuse of Civilians

There have been a series of credible reports on the Nigerian army’s abuse of civilians in the struggle against the jihadist movement Boko Haram. A story on the front page of the February 28, New York…

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January 5, 2017

Israel
What Happens When UN Security Council Resolutions are Ignored?

What happens when UN Security Council resolutions are ignored? That depends, really—on whether you are any of 192 other members of the United Nations, or are Israel. Defenders of Israel often clai…

January 26, 2017

International Organizations
Trump’s UN Executive Order Would Cut Off America’s Nose to Spite Its Face

As first reported in yesterday’s New York Times, President Donald J. Trump’s White House has prepared two executive orders that would slash U.S. funding for the United Nations and place a moratorium …

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December 3, 2016

Israel
The United Nations General Assembly, the Golan, and Theater of the Absurd

This past week the United Nations General Assembly commemorated once again the "International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People" and took the occasion to pass six anti-Israel resolutions…

March 25, 2016

Americas
CSMD Spring Break Reading List

As Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy (CSMD) heads into spring break, here is what we will be reading. “This Week in Markets and Democracy” will return, relaxed and refreshed, on Friday, April 8…

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August 9, 2016

Middle East and North Africa
War Crimes in Syria: the Lives We Did Not Save

A few items in today’s news give an accurate portrait of the disaster to which Obama policy in Syria has led. First there is the bombing of hospitals by the Assad regime: "A hospital supported by …

July 25, 2016

Middle East and North Africa
Bombing Hospitals in Syria

The Washington Post reported that the Assad regime, continuing its reign of terror, bombed four hospitals in Aleppo yesterday. Here is a part of the Post report:   A relative calm in the nor…