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February 28, 2013

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Iranian Negotiations, Syrian Deterioration, and Palestinian Violence

Significant Developments Iran. Negotiators from Iran and the P5+1 countries, meeting for the first time since June, agreed yesterday in Kazakhstan to hold further meetings on Iran’s nuclear program …

Participants sit at a table during talks on Iran's nuclear program in Almaty on February 26, 2013 (Filippov/Courtesy Reuters)..

April 10, 2013

The U.S. and Mexico: Two Nations Indivisible

Policymakers are attempting to broker a bi-partisan deal that would allow undocumented people living in the United States could apply for permanent legal residency. Democrats want those individuals w…

June 27, 2013

United States
The World Next Week: Books to Read This Summer

The World Next Week podcast is up. This week, Bob McMahon and I took a break from our regular discussion of next week’s news to kick off the summer with some reading recommendations. Bob and I beg…

(Andy Clark/Courtesy Reuters)

July 18, 2013

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Egypt’s Post-Coup Government and Other Regional Developments

Significant Developments Egypt. European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton met senior pro-Morsi figures during her visit to Cairo yesterday. Ashton’s meetings included former premier Hisha…

Egypt's interim president Adli Mansour (R) speaks with U.S. deputy secretary of state William Burns at El-Thadiya presidential palace in Cairo, July 15, 2013 (Courtesy Reuters/Dalsh).

June 20, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
The United States and Drug Trafficking in Guinea-Bissau

This is a guest post by Kyle Benjamin Schneps; a dual master’s degree candidate at Columbia University and junior fellow at the Institute for Strategic Studies in Dakar, Senegal. On 2 April 2013, Jo…

Cocaine is displayed to journalists after being seized by Guinea-Bissau's judicial police in the capital Bissau March 21, 2012.

July 31, 2013

Blair Rapalyea: Brazil, Internet Freedom, and Foreign Surveillance

Several previous posts have covered China’s reaction to PRISM, the NSA’s surveillance program revealed by Edward Snowden. While Brazil usually falls outside of Asia Unbound’s coverage, this guest pos…

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff reacts during a meeting of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia on February 6, 2013. (Ueslei Marcelino/Courtesy Reuters)

October 10, 2013

Middle East Matters This Week: Libyan Abductions, Egyptian Aid Suspension, and Syrian Culpability

Significant Developments Libya. Prime minister Ali Zeidan was abducted today and held for at least six hours by the Revolutionary Operations Chamber, a militia assigned to protect Libya’s parliament…

Libya's prime minister Ali Zeidan places his hand on his forehead as he addresses a news conference after his release and arrival at the headquarters of the prime minister's Office in Tripoli October 10, 2013 (Zitouny/Courtesy Reuters).

September 3, 2013

Syria by the Numbers V

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced today that more than two million refugees have fled the violence in Syria since the beginning of the conflict in Marc…

Sawssan Abdelwahab, who fled Idlib in Syria, walks with her children outside the refugees camp near the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern city of Yayladagi (Bensemra/Courtesy Reuters).

December 5, 2013

Regional Organizations
Latin America Charts Its Own Course: Reflections on the Mexico City CoC Meeting

For more than two centuries the United States has loomed—for good and ill—over its southern neighbors. But that longstanding hegemonic role is fading. After two decades of robust growth and democrati…


December 5, 2014

A Massive Humanitarian Failure in Syria

Coauthored with Shervin Ghaffari, intern in the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. As civil war in Syria inches toward its four-year anni…

A Syrian girl carries bread in the Bab al-Salam refugee camp in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border, October 27, 2014.