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July 5, 2012

Military Operations
How the Obama Administration Justifies Targeted Killings

Despite almost ten years of operations and nearly four hundred airstrikes that killed an estimated three thousand people (both militants and civilians), both the Bush and Obama administrations have p…

Holder Northwestern

January 16, 2013

Glenn Hoetker: Leveraging Japan’s "Old Economy"

This blog post is part of a series entitled Is Japan in Decline?, in which leading experts analyze Japan’s economy, politics, and society and give their assessment of Japan’s future. Those predictin…

Buildings are silhouetted against the setting sun in front of Mount Fuji in Tokyo

December 2, 2014

Guest Post: Chinese Troops in Africa: Protecting Civilians and Oil

Sean J. Li is an intern in the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations. China announced in September that it would send a battalion of seven-hundred infantry soldiers to re…

China S Sudan Flags

September 4, 2014


“The various currencies, which were all maintained on a stable basis in relation to gold and to one another, facilitated the easy flow of capital and of trade to an extent the full value of which …


August 10, 2012

Foreign Aid
Question of the Week: Are Randomized Controlled Trials a Good Way to Evaluate Development Projects?

Question of the Week posts review important questions and controversies in global development by providing background information and links to a full spectrum of analysis and opinion. Today’s post ta…


March 21, 2016

Shameless in Turkey: Aydinlik, Sabah, and Henri

After this weekend's horrific terrorist attack in Istanbul, many pro-government Turkish newspapers shamefully levied false accusations against an American scholar for the incident.


March 7, 2013

Politics and Government
A Bipartisan Strategy for U.S. Global Leadership

A bipartisan task force calling itself the Project for a United and Strong America (PUSA) released a report today, entitled “Setting Priorities for American Leadership,” outlining its ideas for a nat…

President Barack Obama shakes hands with House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) before Obama's 2012 State of the Union address (Larry Downing/ Courtesy Reuters).

August 10, 2015

Whatever is the Matter With Egypt? Nothing All That New

My friend Hisham Melham, Al Arabiya’s Washington bureau chief, dean of the Beltway-based Arab press corps, farmer, and intellectual with few peers, wrote a piece that appeared over the weekend called…

Whatever is the Matter With Egypt

January 1, 2011

Building Regional Stability on the Korean Peninsula: A Chinese Perspective

Shen Dingli is Professor and Executive Dean of the Institute of International Studies at Fudan University, Shanghai. Recent turbulence on the Korean Peninsula raises several key questions: What is t…

Hu Jintao and Lee Myung-bak

January 25, 2016

An Expansive, and Dangerous, Chinese View on Cyber Deterrence

In most open source writings, Chinese analysts tend to discount the possibility of deterrence in cyberspace. Attribution, detection, and monitoring are hard. Attacks can come from state and non-state…

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