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January 10, 2012

International Organizations
J: The New Super Office

With attention on the Republican primaries and international crises in Syria, Iran, and the eurozone, few have time to pay attention to bureaucratic politics. But while our eyes were trained elsewhe…

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs William Brownfield speaks with Mario Andresol, director general of the Haitian Police Force, in Port-au-Prince

June 12, 2018

Palestinian Territories
Prince William (and the Foreign Office) in Jerusalem

I’ve written many times about the British royal family’s remarkable record of refusing to make an official visit to Israel while making scores of visits to Arab capitals. That will change in a matter…

September 24, 2019

United Nations General Assembly
UN Climate Action Summit: Five Things Governments Should be Doing

As the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit concludes, world leaders need some outside the box thinking about steps to strengthen their national commitments to shrink their greenhouse gas emissions ahead of…

A mangrove plant grows on a shore in Cancun June 21, 2010. In the 40 years since Cancun was founded, countless acres of mangrove forests up and down Mexico's Caribbean Coast have been lost - and the destruction continues. Now many scientists say that mangrove forests can help slow climate change, and are desperate to save them. Picture taken June 21, 2010.

April 4, 2019

China
China's Coming Current Account Deficit?

Any economy that saves 45 percent of GDP will tend to run a current account surplus, China included. Keeping its current account surplus down takes extraordinary (though largely off-budget) fiscal ef…

China's Coming Current Account Deficit?

January 14, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
Accountability Lacking in Congo Election Debate

The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s complicated and long-delayed elections ended with a surprise twist. Right now, it appears that Tshisekedi owes his victory to Kabila and the People's Party for Reconstruction and Democracy. That loss of connective tissue to the citizens of the country distorts accountability in ways unlikely to deliver the relief from predatory governance that the Congolese people crave.

Supporters of the runner-up in Democratic Republic of Congo's presidential election, Martin Fayulu hold a sign before a political rally in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, January 11, 2019.

March 2, 2017

Americas
Latin America’s Accountability Revolution

A wave of corruption scandals has roiled Latin America in recent years, from Chile’s campaign finance affairs, through Mexico’s Casa Blanca revelations. Most recently, the information divulged in the…

People take part in a protest against corruption in Lima, Peru after a scandal involving bribes Brazil's Odebrecht distributed in Peru, February 16, 2017 (Guadalupe Pardo/Reuters).

February 24, 2017

Americas
Latin America’s Accountability Revolution

A wave of corruption scandals has roiled Latin America in recent years, from Chile’s campaign finance affairs, through Mexico’s Casa Blanca revelations. Most recently, the information divulged in the…

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March 15, 2017

Cybersecurity
Hacking Charges Against Russian FSB Officers: A Quick Reaction

This post was co-written with Alex Grigsby, assistant director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy program. This morning, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the indictment of four peo…

September 28, 2012

Gender
Guest Post: Holding Governments Accountable for Gender Equality in Development

This is a guest post by Ashley Harden, research associate in CFR’s Women and Foreign Policy Program. She examines efforts to integrate gender concerns into development programs, arguing that the Unit…

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June 15, 2015

Cybersecurity
Placing the Office of Personnel Management Hack in Perspective

Part of the reason I am a bit blasé about the Office of Personnel Management hack, is if the Chinese government is indeed behind it, it’s not by any stretch the most dastardly thing they have done in…

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