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July 22, 2014

Politics and Government
Hello, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo: President of Indonesia

Sometimes sure things turn out not to be so sure. Just ask Joko Widodo, who is better known to his fellow Indonesians as “Jokowi.” At the start of 2014 he was expected to win Indonesia’s presidential…


February 25, 2013

Politics and Government
Hello, Park Geun-hye: President of South Korea

Glass ceilings are made to be broken. And today Park Geun-hye smashed one when she became the first woman to be sworn in as president of South Korea. Park defeated her left-of-center opponent, Moon J…

South Korea's new president Park Geun-hye salutes the national flag during her inauguration (Lee Jae-Won/Courtesy Reuters).

March 15, 2013

Politics and Government
Hello, Xi Jinping: President of China

Good news comes in threes. Just ask Xi Jinping. Back in November he was named Secretary General of the Communist Party of China and Chairman of China’s Central Military Commission. Yesterday he picke…

Xi Jinping at a meeting in Beijing on December 27, 2012 (Wang Zhao/Courtesy Reuters).

March 5, 2012

Hello (Welcome Back): Vladimir Putin, Russian President

He’s baaaaaccck! Vladimir Putin, who stepped down in 2008 as Russia’s president after serving two terms, won yesterday’s Russian presidential election going away. He captured a reported 64 percent of…


November 2, 2012

Review: ’A Contest for Supremacy’ by Aaron Friedberg

In the spring of 2010, after years of relative quiet in the South China Sea —the strategic body of water separating southeastern China from Southeast Asia, and including regions disputed by at least …

In ‘A Contest for Supremacy,’ Aaron Friedberg portrays the United States and China as almost fated to wind up in conflict, and suggests Beijing is already lapping Washington in preparing for such a fight (Aly Song/Courtesy Reuters).

December 13, 2011

United States
Middle East Matters: The Ten Most Significant Developments of 2011

Thousands of Egyptian anti-government protesters celebrate inside Tahrir Square after the announcement of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's resignation in Cairo on February 11, 2011 (Amr Abdalla…

Middle East Matters: The Ten Most Significant Developments of 2011

September 20, 2013

Defense and Security
You Might Have Missed: Benghazi, Syria, and China’s Aid

Art Swift, “For First Time, American’s Views of Russia Turn Negative,” Gallup, September 18, 2013. (3PA: More Americans, 74%, have an unfavorable view of Congress: http://bit.ly/18dXgS1.) Adm…

Attack on U.S. Consulate in Benghazi

November 21, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Obama’s Message: An “Atlantic Charter” for a Pacific Century

Leaders line up for a group photo at the East Asian Summit and ASEAN Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali November 19, 2011 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters). Barack Obama’s triumphant Asia-Pacific tour was a major…

Obama’s Message: An “Atlantic Charter” for a Pacific Century

December 8, 2011

International Organizations
Surprising International Human Rights Consensus

An anti-government protester attends a demonstration demanding the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa November 13, 2011. (Louafi Larbi/ Courtesy Reuters) 2011 was an extrao…

Surprising International Human Rights Consensus

January 27, 2012

Defense and Security
You Might Have Missed: Chinese Drones, Conflict-Related Sexual Violence, and Human Rights

Adam Entous, Julian E. Barnes, and Siobhan Gorman, “More Drones, Fewer Troops,” Wall Street Journal, January 26, 2012. The plan, to be unveiled by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday and…

Congolese women