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June 6, 2012

United States
The Truth About U.S. Kill Lists

This morning, the headline of a New York Times article read: “Senators to Open Inquiry Into ‘Kill List’ and Iran Security Leaks.” The article quotes Senator John McCain on the Senate floor yesterday …


June 28, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Egypt’s New President, Syria’s Bloodiest Week, and New Regional Diplomacy

Significant Middle East Developments Egypt. After days of delay, Egyptian election officials announced on Sunday that Mohamed Morsi had won 52 percent of the runoff vote and would become Egypt’s nex…

President-elect Mohamed Morsi is seen on screens at the Egyptian Television headquarters control room during his first televised address to the nation in Cairo on June 24, 2012 (Courtesy Reuters).

July 2, 2012

United States
Daniel Klaidman’s Revelations

This weekend, the CIA continued its campaign against suspected militants in Pakistan with a drone strike that reportedly killed at least eight. I’ve compiled excerpts from Daniel Klaidman’s recently …

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August 2, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Annan’s Resignation, Syria’s Escalation, and Egypt’s Plodding Government Formation

Significant Middle East Developments Annan Resignation. Kofi Annan, the UN and Arab League envoy for Syria, tendered his resignation today, having served in the position since late February. In a st…

UN-Arab League mediator Kofi Annan addresses a news conference at the United Nations in Geneva on August 2, 2012 (Denis Balibous/Courtesy Reuters).

June 20, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
New National Commissioner of the South Africa Police Service—Again

Last week, President Jacob Zuma appointed Mangwashi Victoria Phiyega as national commissioner of police and conferred on her the rank of general. She has no previous police experience, but she is no …

Newly appointed South African national police commissioner, Bheki Cele (R), is congratulated by South African President Jacob Zuma as Safety and Security Minister Nathi Mthethwa (C) looks on at the end of the news conference in Pretoria, July 29, 2009.

December 2, 2011

Human Rights
Weekend Reading: Human Rights in Bahrain, Turkey’s Rating, and U.S. Tolerance for Arab Democracy

An anti-government protester marches with a Bahraini flag during a rally organised by all opposition societies of Bahrain in Budaiya (Hamad I Mohammed/Courtesy Reuters) Full text of the Bahrain I…

Weekend Reading: Human Rights in Bahrain, Turkey’s Rating, and U.S. Tolerance for Arab Democracy

July 31, 2012

Will China Continue to "Turn Against Law"?

Mark Jia is an intern for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. As speculation brims over China’s impending leadership succession, focus has centered on the political leanings of Xi Jinp…

Li Keqiang, right, shakes hands with China's Politburo Standing Committee Member Zhou Yongkang after Li was elected Vice Premier in Beijing on March 17, 2008.

July 26, 2012

Politics and Government
The World Next Week: Romney Travels, Mercosur Meets, EU Catches Flak, and Apple and Samsung Battle

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed Mitt Romney’s foreign trip; Mercosur’s special summit in Rio; anger at the EU’s efforts to make foreign airlines pay for their greenhous…

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August 24, 2012

Royalty in Austere Times

In today’s Washington Post, there is an excellent overview of how the austerity programs in many countries in Europe have led to pressure on monarchies to cut costs and reduce their lifestyles. Most …

Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej is pictured before taking a boat trip from Siriraj Hospital pier in Bangkok July 7, 2012.

July 24, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigerian President’s Wife Appointed Permanent Secretary of Bayelsa State

On July 11, Bayelsa State Governor Henry Seriake Dickson appointed President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife Patience as permanent secretary of the state government. The appointment has provoked angry criti…

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (R) and his wife Patience attend the inauguration of the new African Union (AU) building in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, January 28, 2012.