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February 21, 2019

China
China’s Massive Belt and Road Initiative

China’s Belt and Road Initiative is the most ambitious infrastructure investment effort in history. But is it also a plan to remake the global balance of power?

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February 15, 2019

Economics
C. Peter McColough Series With Benoît Cœuré

Benoît Cœuré discusses the European Central Bank, financial regulation, and the international role of the euro.

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February 12, 2019

West Africa
Problems in the Sahel Only Growing, Says ACLED

Each year, the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED) issues Ten Conflicts to Worry About, [PDF] a report flagging serious conflicts that are often underreported. The Sahel was listed as the region “most likely to be the geopolitical dilemma of 2019.” 

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February 11, 2019

Southeast Asia
The Aftermath of Thailand’s Week of Wild Politics

As I summarized in a blog post last week, Thailand has in recent days seen some of its most dramatic political developments in decades. After days of rumors, one of the pro-Thaksin Shinawatra parties…

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February 6, 2019

Iran
Iran’s Imperial Foreign Policy

Panelists analyze Iran's foreign policy strategy, including their regional ambitions and interventions in Syria and Yemen, and offer recommendations on ways the United States should proceed after wit…

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February 6, 2019

Economics
World Economic Update

The World Economic Update highlights the quarter’s most important and emerging trends. Discussions cover changes in the global marketplace with special emphasis on current economic events and their i…

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February 5, 2019

Afghanistan
Women This Week: Rights at Risk

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering January 26 to February 2, was compiled wi…

Afghan women line up at a polling station during parliamentary elections in Kabul, Afghanistan October 20, 2018.

January 24, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Codifying #MeToo Into International Law

While #MeToo has developed “household name” familiarity worldwide, far less well known is an effort by the International Labor Organization to create the first legally binding international treaty on…

Hundreds of thousands march during the Women's March in Washington, DC, U.S., January 21, 2017.

January 18, 2019

Media
Countering Disinformation and Building Trust With News Consumers

Joan Donovan, director of the technology and social change research project at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center; Amy S. Mitchell, director of journalism research at the Pew Research Ce…

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