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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).

December 16, 2013

Global
Ten Historical Anniversaries of Note in 2014

Anniversaries are how we mark the passage time of time, celebrate our triumphs, and honor our losses. Two thousand and thirteen had its share of historical anniversaries of note: the five hundredth a…

Pictures of victims of the 1994 Rwandan genocide on display at the Gisozi memorial in Kigali. (Radu Sigheti Pictures of the Year 2004/Courtesy Reuters)

August 19, 2011

International Organizations
A "Global" War on Terror: Multilateral Achievements since 9/11

  A student lifts a placard as he and others line up to take part in a march to condemn the recent bomb attacks in the city (Danish Siddiqui/Courtesy Reuters).   As we approach the ten…

A "Global" War on Terror: Multilateral Achievements since 9/11

April 13, 2015

Politics and Government
Campaign 2016: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Pakistan has had one. So have Great Britain, Indonesia, Poland, Ukraine, and four dozen other countries. Argentina, Brazil, and Germany have one right now. But the United States has never had a woman…

Hillary-Clinton

August 25, 2011

International Organizations
UN Peacekeeping: Ready for Libya?

Indian U.N. peacekeepers patrol through a camp for people displaced by fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Finbarr O'Reilly/ Courtesy Reuters). With the United Nations Security Council…

UN Peacekeeping: Ready for Libya?

February 21, 2014

Intelligence
You Might Have Missed: U.S.-China Relations, Olympics, and Intelligence Assessments

Rear Admiral John Kirby, “Department of Defense Press Briefing with Rear Admiral Kirby in the Pentagon Briefing Room,” Department of Defense, February 20, 2014. Q:  I’d like to ask you about this Hu…

Russia Olympic Flags

December 21, 2011

Guest Post: Laurie Garrett on Man-Made Deadly Flu

Health workers pack dead chicken at a wholesale poultry market in Hong Kong December 21, 2011. Workers began culling 17,000 chickens at a wholesale poultry market in Hong Kong on Wednesday after a de…

Health workers pack dead chicken at a wholesale poultry market in Hong Kong December 21, 2011. Workers began culling 17,000 chickens at a wholesale poultry market in Hong Kong on Wednesday after a dead chicken there tested positive for the deadly H5N1 avian virus, a government spokesman said. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

February 16, 2013

You Might Have Missed: Drones, Targeted Killings, and American Citizens

Government Accountability Office, “Cybersecurity: National Strategy, Roles, and Responsibilities Need to Be Better Defined and More Effectively Implemented,” February 14, 2013. Amanda Terkel and Rya…

Armed drone Afghanistan

February 21, 2012

International Organizations
¡Viva México! The G20’s New Political and Security Agenda

Meeting last weekend in Los Cabos, Mexico, for their first, “informal” gathering, G20 foreign ministers made a pivotal decision: to expand the G20 agenda to encompass pressing political and security …

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at a news conference at the end of the G20 foreign ministers summit in Los Cabos

October 23, 2012

International Organizations
Korea Goes Global: And We Mean Security (Not Gangnam Style)

When one thinks of the world’s emerging powers, the mind is naturally drawn to large, sprawling developing countries like China, India, or Brazil. But there’s another dynamo we often overlook that’s …

South Korea's President Lee Myung-bak speaks to members of his delegation while awaiting the start of a meeting on the second day of the G20 Summit in Cannes