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December 30, 2015

Saudi Arabia
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2015

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2015 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…

Sunset-World-Leaders

July 3, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Climate Change and Conflict Triggers

This is a guest post by Jim Sanders, a career, now retired, West Africa watcher for various federal agencies. The views expressed below are his personal views and do not reflect those of his former e…

A Kenyan woman fetches water from a gully in Nyakach district, an area where massive land degradation has been exacerbated by livestock grazing and a rapidly increasing population, in western Kenya June 28, 2005.

November 4, 2011

Friday File: Remembering the Iranian Hostage Crisis

Letter from President Jimmy Carter to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini regarding the release of American hostages, dated November 6, 1979. (Courtesy the National Archives) Above the Fold. Thirty-two year…

Letter from Jimmy Carter to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini regarding the Release of the Iranian Hostages, 11/06/1979 (ARC Identifier: 593939); File Unit: Iran: 11/1-14/79; JC-NSA: Records of the Office of the National Security Advisor (Carter Administration), 1977 - 1981; Jimmy Carter Library, Atlanta, GA; National Archives and Records Administration.

June 21, 2013

Political Transitions
You Might Have Missed: Syrian Intervention, Drone Transparency, and Surveillance Programs

“Nuclear Nonproliferation: IAEA Has Made Progress in Implementing Critical Programs but Continues to Face Challenges,” U.S. Government Accountability Office, May 16, 2013. As of December 2011, IAEA …

Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on FBI

September 12, 2012

Diplomacy and International Institutions
History Lessons: The Oslo Accords

A new installment of "History Lessons" is now out. This time I examine the signing of the Oslo Accords on September 13, 1993. In the video, I discuss the secret negotiations that produced the agreeme…

January 2, 2013

Financial Markets
The Battle of Bretton Woods

A remarkably deft work of storytelling that reveals how the blueprint for the postwar economic order was actually drawn.

March 20, 2012

Defense and Security
Lessons Learned: Tokyo Sarin Gas Attack

A new installment of “Lessons Learned” is now out. This week I discuss the sarin gas attack that Aum Shinrikyo carried out in the Tokyo subway system on March 20, 1995. In the video, I discuss how te…

February 16, 2005

Middle East and North Africa
MIDDLE EAST: Pivotal Issues

This publication is now archived. Why have Palestinian prisoners and the West Bank security fence become the central issues of the Arab-Israeli peace process?Neither issue is part of the so-called ro…

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The Prison System

This publication is now archived. Who runs the prison system in Iraq?The coalition authorities. According to an official memorandum issued June 8, 2003, by L. Paul Bremer III, the U.S. administrator …

December 22, 2005

Asia
Tsunami Rebuilding Efforts, One Year Later

This publication is now archived. What is the status of the tsunami reconstruction effort?On December 26, 2004, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake on the Indian Ocean’s floor touched off a series of devastat…