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February 25, 2015

Wars and Conflict
White House Summit Embraces Women’s Rights to Counter Violent Extremism

Last week, the White House sponsored an international summit on strategies to counter violent extremism (CVE), focusing on groups such as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and al-Qaeda. Amon…

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism in Washington, DC, February 2015 (Courtesy Joshua Roberts/Reuters).

December 28, 2011

Brazil
2011 Trends in Latin America: The Region’s Presidents Battle Cancer

Presidents Chavez of Venezuela, Fernandez of Argentina and Rousseff of Brazil chat while posing for a family photo during the CELAC summit in Caracas (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Courtesy Reuters). As 201…

2011 Trends in Latin America: The Region’s Presidents Battle Cancer

July 15, 2015

Technology and Innovation
Five Things I Learned About the Future of Solar Power and the Electricity Grid

Nestled in the foothills of the Rockies in Golden, Colorado, the Energy Department’s  National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) was established in 1977 to help bring new energy technologies to mark…

The entrance to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado

April 22, 2015

Cybersecurity
Five Quick Takeaways From the First Two Days of the RSA Conference

The madness that is the RSA Conference is well underway. Here are five quick takeaways from the first day and a half: 1. We may be in San Francisco, but the center of the cybersecurity world is Wash…

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February 25, 2015

Asia
White House Summit Embraces Women’s Rights to Counter Violent Extremism

Last week, the White House sponsored an international summit on strategies to counter violent extremism (CVE), focusing on groups such as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and al-Qaeda. Amon…

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January 5, 2015

Killing “The Death of Sykes-Picot”

Happy New Year! Devoted readers of this blog will know that I generally loathe the annual end- and beginning-of-the-year roundups, lists, retrospectives, and prognostications. “Lame” is the only way …

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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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December 13, 2013

Syria
Voices From Syria

“We came here in the winter but it would have been better if we had stayed in Syria. At least if you die, you die in your own house.” –Ibrahim, 27, a Syrian refugee in Lebanon “The fear of permanenc…

Syrian refugees from the town of Qara gather around a fire to keep themselves warm in a Syrian refugee camp on the Lebanese border town of Arsal, in eastern Bekaa Valley December 12, 2013 (Haju/Courtesy Reuters).

January 6, 2014

Politics and Government
Some Clarity on Egypt

It may be me, but I am a little surprised that much of the commentary I have read about Egypt recently is shocked—just shocked—about the current turn of events.  I was blessedly offline for about nin…

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November 5, 2013

China
China’s Xinjiang Problem

This post first appeared on CNN’s GPS blog and can be found here. In the aftermath of an apparent suicide attack in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on October 27 that injured dozens of people and killed …

A child looks out from a door as a Uighur woman walks by in a residential area in Turpan, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region on October 31, 2013 (Michael Martina/Courtesy Reuters).