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February 13, 2019

Middle East and North Africa
Bad Reputation: The Swift Decline of U.S. Soft Power in the Middle East

What a late-night meal in Italy taught me about American Exceptionalism in the Arab world.

A woman stands next to an inflatable tank with U.S. President Donald Trump outside an art exhibition 'MonuMental' by the pseudonymous artist, Saint Hoax in downtown Beirut, Lebanon October 12, 2018.

October 3, 2018

Yemen
America Is Not an Innocent Bystander in Yemen

This article first appeared here on ForeignPolicy.com on September 27, 2018.  Until the bombing of the USS Cole in October 2000, for U.S. policymakers, Yemen was a place of khat chews, faux touris…

Abdullah al-Khawlani sits by his son Waleed's grave, who was killed by last month's Saudi-led air strike that killed dozens, including children in Saada, Yemen September 4, 2018. His other son, Hafidh, who survived the strike, sits next to him.

July 2, 2013

United States
Nice-Guy Obama Fails Turkey’s Democracy

This article was originally published at The Christian Science Monitor here on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The US ambassador to Turkey, Francis Ricciardone, took a lot of criticism from Turkish activists…

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July 14, 2018

Human Rights
Silence on Nicaragua from Sanders and Di Blasio Helps the Regime’s Repression

The desperate human rights situation in Nicaragua is now very clear, and a Washington Post story today makes for grim reading. Just as the Castro regime in Cuba has long used paramilitaries for unoff…

June 21, 2018

China
What Would Happen if China Started Selling Off Its Treasury Portfolio?

Just how important have foreign inflows been to the Treasury market?  

What Would Happen if China Started Selling Off Its Treasury Portfolio?

June 7, 2018

North Korea
Russia’s Role on North Korea: More Important than You Might Think

In the context of resolving the North Korean nuclear challenge, Russia rarely makes the news. South Korea is the reverse image; China is the enabler; the United States is the tough guy; and Japan is …

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May 24, 2018

North Korea
Cognitive Bias and Diplomacy with North Korea

Sungtae (Jacky) Park is a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations. A version of this piece was first published on CSIS PacNet here. As the top-level summit between the United Sta…

Cognitive Bias and Diplomacy with North Korea

May 17, 2009

Monetary Policy
"We hate you guys ... but there is nothing much we can do"

That – now famous -- quote by Luo Peng isn’t really true. China’s government choose to peg its currency to the dollar. More importantly, China’s government choose to peg to the dollar at a rate t…

"We hate you guys ... but there is nothing much we can do"

March 13, 2018

Authoritarianism
Strongmen Are Weaker Than They Look

Authoritarians are on the rise around the world, but history shows they’re mostly helpless.

Cars pass by a poster of Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for the upcoming presidential election, in Cairo, Egypt, February 19, 2018. The writing on the poster reads: "Long live Egypt". REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

February 28, 2018

Middle East and North Africa
Trump’s Middle East Strategy Is Totally Boring

There’s a very familiar method to the administration’s apparent regional madness.

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