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February 6, 2020

Malawi
Upholding Accountability in Malawi

This week’s remarkable court ruling in Malawi, which annulled the 2019 presidential election and called for new polling, may hold important lessons for other societies experiencing declining trust in their leaders and political processes.

Opposition supporters celebrate after a court annulled the May 2019 presidential vote that declared Peter Mutharika a winner, in Lilongwe, Malawi February 4, 2020

January 23, 2020

Digital Policy
Forget Saving the Post Office—I Just Need to Save My Job

It is easy for people to obfuscate their identity online and even falsify metrics, like page views. The U.S. government needs to develop a system to verify that people online are who they claim to be…

A U.S. Postal Inspection Service facility is pictured near Miami International Airport

January 27, 2020

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asian Governments Squeeze Freedom of the Press

Southeast Asia has never been an easy environment for reporters. The region contains two of the most repressive states in the world, Laos and Vietnam, which are ranked by Freedom House as “not free” …

Philip Jacobson_Mongabay

December 13, 2019

Finland
Women This Week: Finland’s All-Female Coalition Government

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 December 6 to December 13, was compiled b…

Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin, Minister of Education Li Andersson, Minister of Finance Katri Kulmuni and Minister of Interior Maria Ohisalo pose after the first meeting of the new government in Helsinki, Finland December 10, 2019.

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

February 3, 2020

Coronavirus
Southeast Asian Governments Struggle Against the Coronavirus Test

The coronavirus which originated in Wuhan, China, continues to spread around the globe. New cases are being discovered every day. Last week, the first domestically transmitted cases were reported in …

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha wearing a protective mask is seen during a visit at the arrival hall at the Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International airport in Thailand, on January 29, 2020.

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…

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…

Peruvian Woman

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…