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December 10, 2021

Southeast Asia
Malaysia’s New Prime Minister and the Future of Chinese Investment

How will a new prime minister affect Chinese investment in Malaysia? 

New Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob waves from a car, as he leaves after the inauguration ceremony, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on August 21, 2021.

June 25, 2012

Egypt
What Morsi’s Win Means for Egypt

Following yesterday’s historic announcement that Mohamed Morsi had won Egypt’s first competitive presidential election, I discussed the implications of this development with former New York Times dip…

Muslim Brotherhood's president-elect Mohamed Morsi speaks during his first televised address to the nation at the Egyptian Television headquarters in Cairo on June 24, 2012 (Courtesy Reuters).

June 27, 2016

Israel
Israel and Turkey: No Big Deal

The recent announcement that Israel and Turkey are restoring full diplomatic relations is unlikely to signal the dawn of a new day in Israeli-Turkish relations.

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May 3, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Syria’s Cease-fire Tatters, Former Israeli Security Officials Speak out on Iran

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. The United Nations announced today that the three-week old truce in Syria "is not holding." Major General Robert Mood, chief of the UN Supervision Mission…

Israel's defense minister Ehud Barak sits across from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on April 29, 2012 (Ronen Zvulun/Courtesy Reuters).

June 14, 2013

Political Transitions
You Might Have Missed: Surveillance Programs, Intervention in Syria, and Chinese Foreign Policy

Alastair Iain Johnston, "How New and Assertive Is China’s New Assertiveness?" International Security 37, no. 4 (Spring 2013): 7–48. Why, then, does it matter whether PRC diplomacy as a whole in 2010…

U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper departs after a Senate briefing on national surveillance programs on June 13, 2013 (Ernst/Courtesy Reuters).

July 26, 2013

Military Operations
You Might Have Missed: CIA in Pakistan, Syria, Special Ops in Trans-Sahara

Kathy Gannon and Sebastian Abbot, Criticism Alters US Drone Program in Pakistan, ABC News, July 25, 2013. The CIA has been instructed to be more cautious with its attacks, limiting them to high-valu…

June 4, 2012

United States
How Many Civilians Are Killed by U.S. Drones?

After last week’s excellent reporting in Newsweek and the New York Times, many pundits and policymakers are newly aware of America’s policy of targeted killings and the existence of “kill lists.” Thi…

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July 31, 2014

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Airline Disasters Bring Obscure Global Organization to the Fore

Coauthored with Daniel Chardell, research associate in the International Institutions and Global Governance program. You might think twice about getting on a plane these days. The headlines are full…

A pro-Russian separatist stands guard over wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, shot down in eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014.

September 30, 2011

Military Operations
Targeted Killings: The Death of Anwar al-Awlaki

Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric linked to al Qaeda's Yemen-based wing, gives a religious lecture in an unknown location (Ho New/Courtesy Reuters). Earlier today, the government of Yemen’s…

Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric linked to al Qaeda’s Yemen-based wing, gives a religious lecture in an unknown location on September 30, 2011 (Ho New/Courtesy Reuters)

March 5, 2012

Defense and Security
Israel’s Nuclear Weapons Program and Lessons for Iran

During an interview with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in March 2011, Piers Morgan posed a serious question: MORGAN: Do you have nuclear weapons? NETANYAHU: Well, we have a longstan…

Israeli APC drives towards Lion's Gate in Jerusalem