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July 8, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Al-Shabaab’s Ivory Trade, Continued

This is a guest-post by Andrea Crosta, co-Founder and Executive Director of Elephant Action League (EAL). The Elephant Action League (EAL) is appreciative of this opportunity to justify our findings…

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February 3, 2015

Education
How to Get More Kids Into and Through College

This is a guest post by Amir Farokhi, CFR Term Member and COO, College Advising Corps. Imagine a leaking pipe is flooding your house. What would you do? You would patch it immediately. Yet, when it …

Students applaud as U.S. President Barack Obama arrives to deliver the commencement address at the Worcester Technical High School graduation ceremony in Worcester, Massachusetts June 11, 2014 (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters).

November 24, 2014

Digital Policy
How Long Will the Good Feelings Last in Internet Governance Discussions?

What a difference two years make. In 2012, the World Conference on Information Technology meeting ended with a high degree of acrimony, with the United States and fifty-four others refusing to sign n…

Christopher Painter, Lawrence Strickling, Daniel Sepulveda, and Nuala O’Connor

May 23, 2014

Defense and Security
You Might Have Missed: One Year After Obama’s Drone Speech

Harold Hongju Koh, “Ending the Forever War: One Year After President Obama’s NDU Speech,” JustSecurity.org, May 23, 2014. The President’s historic move in that speech was to call for the eventual re…

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February 28, 2014

Iraq
Weekend Reading: Damascus Life, Between Baghdad and Erbil, and Cinematic Seduction

Anne Barnard’s article explores life in Damascus while photographer Andrea Bruce’s photos capture it visually for National Geographic. Yerevan Saeed discusses the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KR…

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December 26, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
No Christmas for South Sudan

The current crisis in South Sudan escalated on December 15, when President Salva Kiir accused his long-time political rival former vice president Riek Machar of attempting a coup. Since then, there h…

(L-R) Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, South Sudan President Salva Kiir and Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta meet in the capital Juba December 26, 2013.

October 16, 2013

Education
What Does Adult Mediocrity Mean for U.S. Competitiveness? It's Complicated

It is old news that average American student performance is mediocre on international tests. With the recent release of the OECD’s first survey of adult skills, we now know that American adults conti…

Thomas Michel, a professor at Harvard Medical School, waits for the start of the 360th Commencement Exercises at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts May 26, 2011. (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters)

August 7, 2013

Americas
Review of Smuggler Nation

In Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America (Oxford University Press, 2013), Peter Andreas, a professor in the Department of Political Science and the Watson Institute for International Studie…

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July 18, 2013

Defense and Security
Corruption in Mexico

Follow Mexico’s headlines and you will see an uptick in high-level corruption cases. In this piece for Huffington Post, I discuss how Mexico has gotten better at exposing corruption but also why it s…

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April 20, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
Why Europe Can’t Bring Peace to the Middle East

Lady Catherine Ashton, the EU’s top foreign policy official, has received a remarkable letter from the "European Eminent Persons Group on the Middle East Peace Process." This self-selected collectivi…