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February 6, 2014

The World Next Week: Francois Hollande Visits Washington, Egypt Marks the Anniversary of Mubarak’s Ouster, and the Chicago Auto Show Opens

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed French president Francois Hollande’s upcoming visit to Washington, the third anniversary of Hosni Mubarak’s ouster in Egypt, and the Chi…

U.S. president Barack Obama shakes hands with French president Francois Hollande after a meeting in the Oval Office in 2012. (Eric Feferberg/Courtesy Reuters)

December 28, 2017

United States
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2017

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2017 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…

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August 2, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Germany's 1904 Genocide in Namibia

In what is often called the twentieth century’s first genocide, the German colonial authorities, from 1904 to 1906, set out systematically to exterminate two ethnic groups, the Herero and the Nama, f…

Human skull from Namibia Genocide

May 30, 2017

Foreign Aid
Women Around the World: This Week

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 May 20 to May 29, was compiled with suppo…

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May 3, 2017

European Union
Reprieve or Reform in Europe?

MILAN – The first round of the French election turned out much as expected: the centrist Emmanuel Macron finished first, with 24% of the vote, rather narrowly beating the right-wing National Front’s …

A demonstrator wears an EU flag.

January 15, 2017

Israel
The Paris Peace Conference

  Once upon a time, the term “Paris Peace Conference” was a serious one, and referred to the historic Versailles Conference that ended World War I. That conference began on January 18, 1919, and i…

December 9, 2016

Elections and Voting
Ten Elections to Watch in 2017

Millions of people around the world went to the polls this year. The results provided plenty of surprises. British voters defied the pollsters and voted to leave the European Union. Colombians did mu…

Iranian woman holding her daughter casts her ballot during elections for the parliament and Assembly of Experts, in Tehran

May 14, 2012

Iran
M. Hollande’s Bad Start with Iran

Francois Hollande is not even president of France yet but France’s tough position on the Iranian nuclear program already looks weaker. Today the former French prime minister Michel Rocard is in Tehr…

April 4, 2012

Lebanon
Will Assad Return To Killing Lebanese Leaders?

Throughout the past decade there have been a series of assassinations and attempted murders of political leaders in Lebanon. Almost all of these plots have one common element: the person whose life w…

Samir Geagea

June 9, 2009

United States
Trade Collapse

The collapse in U.S. trade associated with the current downturn far exceeds the fall in any other post-war recession. It tracks the fall in trade observed in the 1930s, though there are now signs o…

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