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October 2, 2017

Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico Before Maria

My new discussion paper with Greg Makoff on economic and demographic trends in Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico Before Maria

March 4, 2022

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Colombia Decriminalizes Abortion

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 covers February 12 to March 4.

Colombian pro-choice activists react to the constitutional court decision to decriminalize abortion until 24 weeks of gestation, in Bogota, Colombia.

June 10, 2022

Global
The World Next Week: What to Read and Listen to This Summer

The annual summer entertainment recommendations from The World Next Week podcast.

Three books next to each other on a light blue background. From left to right: Putin's People, by Catherine Belton; Say Nothing, by Patrick Radden Keefe; and The Four Ages of American Foreign Policy, by Michael Mandelbaum.

June 20, 2018

Democratic Republic of Congo
Podcast: Scene Setter for Planned December Election in Congo

Though Prime Minister Bruno Tshibala of Democratic Republic of Congo officially announced on June 12 that President Joseph Kabila would not stand for a controversial third term, this has not ended speculation that Kabila, whose term of office expired in 2016, will find a way to continue to stay in power. Shortly thereafter, in what will surely complicate the election, the International Criminal Court acquitted Jean-Pierre Bemba, the former Congolese vice president, an ex-warlord, and a fierce rival of Kabila.

DRC-Kabila-Elections-Protest-Opposition

March 8, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: March 8, 2019

This week: Facebook announces new privacy framework; Big Tech goes on the offensive; new developments in China-U.S. cyber relations; UK's proposes a cyber detterence strategy; and India's tech compan…

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks about Messenger at Facebook conference in May 2018.

December 11, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: Should a Retired General Be Secretary of Defense?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Biden’s nomination of General Lloyd Austin to be secretary of defense raises question…

Retired General Lloyd Austin speaks at a podium as President-Elect Joe Biden sits behind him.

June 21, 2011

Climate Change
Debating the Links Between Climate Change and National Defense

I’m a big fan of Bruno Tertrais, a French scholar (and a friend) whose work on nuclear security I’ve long respected. In the new issue of The Washington Quarterly, Bruno stretches his horizons to pron…

February 4, 2013

Cuba
Another Phony Election in Cuba

Democracy may be spreading in large parts of the world and with it genuine, contested elections--but not in Cuba. Cubans "voted" again yesterday for the Cuban "National Assembly," if one uses such t…

April 6, 2020

Cybersecurity
Huawei and the Third Offset

In order to effectively mitigate the security risks posed by Huawei, the U.S. Department of Defense needs to fund and integrate cutting-edge technologies from the private sector.

The logo of Huawei is seen in Davos, Switzerland.

June 25, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Guest Post: Rural Futures

This is a guest post by Owen Cylke. Mr. Cylke is a development professional and a retired senior foreign service officer with USAID. In his post, he discusses the CAADP meeting in Nairobi in early Ma…

A worker picks tea at a plantation in Githunguri, 30 km (18 miles) from Kenya's capital Nairobi, January 6, 2012.