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December 4, 2013

Israel
A Conversation About Israel

Israeli columnist Ari Shavit just came out with a new book, My Promised Land, that is receiving tremendous media attention in the United States. I joined Ari and David Remnick, editor of The New York…

June 4, 2013

Enhancing the Obama Administration’s Drone Strikes Transparency

Two weeks ago, President Barack Obama gave a wide-ranging speech on U.S. counterterrorism policies. The result has been significant confusion regarding targeted killings, because what was reported in…

December 10, 2021

Southeast Asia
Malaysia’s New Prime Minister and the Future of Chinese Investment

How will a new prime minister affect Chinese investment in Malaysia? 

New Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob waves from a car, as he leaves after the inauguration ceremony, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on August 21, 2021.

January 17, 2014

Russia
Parker and Rutherford: Countering China’s Rise Through a U.S.-Russia Coalition

William J. Parker III, PhD, is a military fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Alanna C. Rutherford, JD, is a partner at a New York law firm and a CFR Term Member. Let’s face it; the Unit…

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama are pictured on a video screen installed in the press centre of the G20 Summit in Strelna near St. Petersburg on September 5, 2013. (Grigory Dukor/Courtesy Reuters)

December 20, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters’ Ten Most Significant Developments of 2012

Here it is: the second annual Middle East Matters year-end roundup listing the ten most significant Middle East developments of 2012. Since this blog focuses on the interplay between U.S. policy and …

A protester covers his face as he stands in front of tear gas during clashes with riot police along a road that leads to the U.S. embassy, near Tahrir Square in Cairo on September 15, 2012 (Dalsh/Courtesy Reuters).

July 2, 2010

Economics
Responding to Andrew Chamberlain

Andrew Chamberlain has responded at length in two blog posts to my critique of his study of Kerry-Lieberman for the Institute for Energy Research. He gives some useful examples of how utilities might…

June 16, 2015

Defense and Security
Top Ten Findings of the CIA Inspector General’s Report on 9/11

Last week, in response to long-standing FOIA requests, the CIA declassified—with significant redactions—five documents related to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The most notable was a J…

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April 26, 2013

United States
Sea Power in the Pacific, Drones in Lebanon, and America’s “Dirty Wars”

David C. Gompert, “Sea Power and American Interests in the Western Pacific,” Rand Corportation, to be published June 3, 2013,  pp. 160-162. If we are indeed in for a change in the basic premise of s…

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April 15, 2015

South Korea
Korea’s Immigration Policy Backlash

Darcie Draudt is a research associate for Korea Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Late last month, the South Korean Ministry of Gender Equality and Family presented an open discussion tit…

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November 4, 2013

Turkey
Turkey: Hello, I Must Be Going

I first arrived in Turkey on a chilly, gray afternoon in early October 1992.  I had been living in Jerusalem studying Arabic and Hebrew—this was during my Arab-Israeli conflict stage—when the guy wit…

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