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October 15, 2018

Southeast Asia
Bolsonaro Ascendant II: More Lessons From Rodrigo Duterte’s Rise

Last week, following Jair Bolsonaro’s performance in the first round of Brazil’s presidential elections, when bolson exceeded predictions and won 46 percent of the first round vote, this column exami…

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October 8, 2018

Southeast Asia
Bolsonaro Ascendant: The Similarities to Rodrigo Duterte

On Sunday, far-right Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro outperformed polls and won roughly 46 percent of the vote in the first round of Brazil’s presidential elections, coming close to t…

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January 22, 2016

Turkey
Winter Storm Reading

Snow- and Middle East–themed reading for this weekend's winter storm.

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December 31, 2015

Human Rights
Women Around the World: Year in Review

Welcome to a special edition of “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, highlighting 2015’s most sign…

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July 27, 2012

Turkey
Weekend Reading: The Morsi Meter, What Turkey Wants, and Hanging with Manaf Tlass

Introducing the Morsi Meter Turkey and the  “Syria Cauldron” by Jeremy Salt Bassem Haddad’s 50 Minutes with Manaf Tlass

A man reads a book at Mutanabi Street in Baghdad

January 9, 2014

United States
This Week: Syrian Pre-Negotiations, Egyptian Convictions, and more U.S. Shuttle Diplomacy

Significant Developments Syria. Representatives from various Syrian opposition groups-- including some Islamist factions-- met in Cordoba, Spain today to try to forge common ground before the schedu…

Members of Syrian opposition groups stand after visiting the former mosque of Cordoba during a consultative meeting in Cordoba, southern Spain January 9, 2014 (del Pozo/Courtesy Reuters).

May 10, 2013

Israel
Middle East Matters This Week: Israel Strikes Damascus, Egypt Reshuffles Government, and World Powers Scramble

Significant Developments Syria. Hassan Nasrallah announced yesterday that Syria would transfer strategic “game-changing” weapons to the Lebanese group Hezbollah. The televised speech was a response …

An explosion in Damascus (SANA/Courtesy Reuters).

February 22, 2013

Fossil Fuels
Asking the Right Questions About Changes in Derivative Markets

As part of a book I’m working on, I’ve spent some time wading through the econometric literature on speculation in commodity markets, oil in particular. This body of research tries to shed light on h…

Asking the Right Questions About Changes in Derivative Markets

April 5, 2013

The World Next Week: Kerry Visits Asia, Obama Proposes a Budget, and Egypt Retries Mubarak

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon gave up his seat this week so that Isobel Coleman and I could discuss Secretary of State John Kerry’s trip to East Asia, President Obama’s forthcoming b…

Secretary of State John Kerry walks across the tarmac of Baghdad International Airport on a March visit to Iraq (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).

October 5, 2012

Palestinian Territories
Middle East Matters This Week: Syrian-Turkish Clashes, Jordanian Demonstrations, and Iranian Unrest

Significant Middle East Developments Turkey-Syria. Turkey returned fire into Syria today after a new Syrian shell landed in the Turkish town of Akcakale. Today’s fire exchange comes two days after S…

A Turkish soldier is reflected on a mirror as he stands guard on the Turkish-Syrian border near the Akcakale border crossing on October 4, 2012 (Sezer/Courtesy Reuters).