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November 16, 2012

The World Next Week: Obama Visits Myanmar, Catalonia Votes, and International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women Is Marked

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed President Obama’s trip to Myanmar; elections in Catalonia, Spain; and the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of …

Marchers wave Catalonian nationalist flags during a demonstration on Catalan National Day in Barcelona on September 11, 2012 (Albert Gea/Courtesy Reuters).

December 22, 2017

Global
Seven Foreign Policy Stories to Watch in 2018

Two thousand seventeen had its fair share of big news stories. The same will be true of 2018. Some of those stories undoubtedly will be a surprise. Not many experts were warning a year ago of impendi…

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December 15, 2017

United States
Ten Most Significant World Events in 2017

Last year a lot of people were asking if 2016 was the worst year ever. (It wasn’t.) I haven’t seen anyone making similar claims about 2017, but that doesn’t mean that this year didn’t produce its sha…

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December 8, 2017

Elections and Voting
Ten Elections to Watch in 2018

Millions of people around the world voted in elections this year. The French elected Emmanuel Macron president, while South Koreans elected Moon Jae-in president. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani won …

Elections 2018

October 12, 2017

Nigeria
Secession Movements Raise Tensions in Nigeria and Cameroon

In the midst of secession movements in Catalonia and Iraqi Kurdistan, the New York Times recently highlighted two African movements, in Nigeria and Cameroon. In both countries, secession movements re…

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September 19, 2017

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: September 22, 2017

This week: Crypo researchers don't trust the NSA, Facebook ads under scrutiny, a new cybersecurity agency for Europe, and domain names caught in the crossfire of the Catalonian referendum.

NSA Headquarters

March 2, 2017

United Kingdom
The Scottish Play: Will Brexit Spell the End of a United Kingdom?

The decision by British voters last June to leave the European Union (EU) has thrown that bloc into turmoil. But its implications for Great Britain could be even more profound, portending the dissolu…

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December 15, 2014

Global
Ten Most Significant World Events in 2014

Every year has its share of significant world events. Two thousand fourteen is no exception. Here is my list of the top ten most significant events of the year. You may want to read what follows clos…

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December 8, 2014

Global
Ten Elections to Watch in 2015

Millions of people around the world went to the polls this year. Indians and Indonesians elected new leaders, while Brazilians and South Africans voted to keep the ones they had. Turks elevated their…

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September 19, 2014

Politics and Government
Better Together It Is: The Scots Choose Union Over Independence

The United Kingdom has survived its near-death experience. Scots voted 55 percent to 45 percent yesterday in a record turnout to remain within the union. The sighs of relief this morning in London ar…

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