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February 2, 2011

Treaties and Agreements
TWE Remembers: The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

Today marks the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo formally ending the Mexican-American War. As you might have guessed, the treaty was signed in Guadalupe Hidalgo, which is…


March 25, 2011

What We’re Watching in Africa This Week

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May 7, 2012

Schmoozing Egypt

Over the course of the last month, I have had a fascinating conversation with Adam Garfinkle, the editor of The American Interest, about Egyptian politics and society.  Below please find an excerpt. …


March 29, 2012

Defense and Security
The World Next Week: U.S. Presidency of the UN Security Council

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the United States’ upcoming presidency of the UN Security Council; World Bank president nominee Dr. Jim Yong Kim’s world "listening tour…


April 12, 2012

Defense and Security
The World Next Week: North Korea’s Satellite Launch, the Summit of the Americas, and the IMF and World Bank Meetings

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed North Korea’s satellite launch; the Summit of the Americas in Colombia; and the International Monetary Fund’s and World Bank’s spring me…


April 18, 2012

International Organizations
Another American World Bank President Is a Missed Opportunity

On CFR’s new Global Expert Roundup, I argue that the U.S. diplomatic push to install an American as the next World Bank president squandered a golden opportunity to promote a new era of global govern…

U.S. President Obama introduces Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim as his nominee to be the next president of the World Bank, in Washington

April 2, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Economist Endorses Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

The Economist has strongly endorsed Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the presidency of the World Bank. The March 31st editorial argues that the American and European "carving up" for…


April 17, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Syria Captures International Attention at the Expense of the Sahel

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said last week "The truth is that there is very little attention to the crisis in the Sahel. Most of the focus of the international committee has be…


September 13, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
UNHCR, Mali, and an "Arc of Instability"

Syria dominates the news cycle and is probably the principal preoccupation of foreign ministries, just as Libya previously was, and is once again following the murder of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens…

U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres (R) visits internally displaced people at the Qansahaley settlement camp in Dollow town, along the Somalia-Ethiopia border, August 30, 2011.

February 28, 2013

International Law
“A Moment of Truth” for Syrian Refugees—and International Justice

Yesterday Antonio Gutteres, the United Nation’s High Commissioner for Refugees, briefed the UN Security Council on the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Syria. Gutteres’ remarks, delivered in c…

Syrian refugees chat as they spend time at a refugee camp in the Turkish border town of Yayladagi in Hatay province