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December 5, 2016

Arab Spring
False Dawn

Announcing Steven A. Cook's new book, False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East, which will be published by Oxford University Press in the spring of 2017.

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June 1, 2017

Arab Spring
False Dawn

A sweeping narrative account of the last five years in the Middle East and a timely argument of how and why the Arab uprisings failed.

October 17, 2018

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe’s Falling Expectations

Zimbabwe is experiencing an economic crisis that is neither surprising nor terribly illuminating.

Supporters of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's ruling ZANU-PF party celebrate after the Constitutional Court confirmed Mnangagwa's disputed July 30 election victory in Harare, Zimbabwe August 24, 2018.

October 10, 2018

South Africa
South African Finance Minister Nene Resigns Amid Political Pressure

On October 9, President Cyril Ramaphosa accepted the resignation of Nhlanhla Nene as finance minister. Critics are accusing Nene of lying about the frequency of his contacts with the notorious Gupta family, which is now being investigated for “state capture.”

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August 1, 2018

Pakistan
Pakistan’s Imran Khan Promises End to Discriminatory Laws

Khan has a powerful opportunity to deliver on his party’s platform and further Pakistani women’s workplace safety -- and the economic growth of the entire nation.

Erum Ahmed, chief executive officer (CEO) of the textile retail brand So Kamal, talks to workers as she visits a factory in Faisalabad.

July 23, 2018

Pakistan
Pakistan’s General Election 2018: So Far, No Cause for Celebration

Ahead of national elections in Pakistan this week, allegations of pre-poll rigging, press intimidation, and the mainstreaming of militant groups are all cause for concern.

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April 30, 2018

China
Podcast: A New Era Dawns in Xi Jinping’s China

Under President Xi Jinping, China’s era of opening up and reform has drawn to an end, and a new era—one marked by the consolidation of power under Xi himself—has dawned. In his new book, End of an Er…

Podcast hinese President Xi Jinping leaves after the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China March 3, 2018.

June 28, 2018

United States
What’s Worth Reading This Summer?

CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I recorded our annual summer reading episode of CFR’s “The World Next Week” podcast. Carlos Lozada, the nonfiction book critic at the Washington Post, joined us for the…

summer reading 2018

June 14, 2018

United States
Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army!

The United States Army celebrates its 243nd birthday today. If you see an active duty, former, or retired member of the United States Army today, wish their service Happy Birthday. The Army websit…

Army Birthday 2018