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May 15, 2014

Tourism, the Egyptian Economy--and Augusto Pinochet

Egypt’s next president, sure to be Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, will have a monumental task handling Egypt’s economy. More bad news was reported yesterday regarding the tourism sector. Al Ahram reported th…

December 26, 2017

United States
The Trump National Security Strategy

President Trump delivered a new “National Security Strategy of the United States of America” last week, and it elicited a mountain of comment. I thought I’d wait a week to let the dust settle, and th…

December 29, 2016

Heads of State and Government
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2016

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2016 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…

March 17, 2014

The Mirage of Egyptian Stability

The usual argument for supporting the new military regime in Egypt is the same as the argument that was used for supporting the Mubarak regime (right up until it fell): Egypt needs stability. Secreta…

May 6, 2014

Will the Army Save Egypt’s Economy?

The success of the most likely winner of the Egyptian presidential election, Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, will in the medium- and long- run depend on his ability to revive the Egyptian economy. It’s al…

April 7, 2011

Economics
Reviving Competition in Mexico’s Economy

In trying to explain why Mexico isn’t growing quickly, or "why it isn’t rich" as Gordon Hanson puts it in a great paper, there is much talk about economic concentration -- the monopolies and oligopol…

Mexico’s Total Factor Productivity Compared to Latin America and Asian Tigers (Source: Augusto de la Torre and Ana Cusolito,

March 10, 2011

Immigration and Migration
Obama’s Trip to Latin America

Between March 19 and 23, President Obama will take his first foreign trip this year – and his first ever to South America.

A shaman performs a ritual in front of a photograph of President Barack Obama in Lima.

January 19, 2010

Economics
Chile Votes for Change

Despite the calm, Chile’s presidential election Sunday was one of the transformative political moments in Latin America in recent years. Chile has transitioned toward a more pluralistic democracy and…

Chile

November 14, 2013

The World Next Week: Iran Talks Resume in Geneva, Chile Votes for President, and New Space Missions Launch

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the ongoing Iranian nuclear negotiations, the Chilean presidential election, and the space missions launching next week. [audio: http:/…

P5+1 foreign ministers meet with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the Iran nuclear talks in Geneva on November 9, 2013 (Jason Reed/ Courtesy Reuters).

February 14, 2014

International Organizations
Spain’s Welcome Retreat on Universal Jurisdiction

Coauthored with Claire Schachter, research associate in the International Institutions and Global Governance program. By voting Tuesday to curb its judges’ authority to exercise universal jurisdicti…

Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon waves as he attends the opening of the 130th term of the Argentina's Congressional ordinary sessions inside the Congress building in Buenos Aire