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June 21, 2011

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2012: Hello Jon Huntsman, GOP Presidential Candidate

It’s official. Jon Huntsman, the former Utah governor and U.S. ambassador to China, has formally announced that he is a Republican candidate for president. As he promised, Huntsman made the announcem…

Jon Huntsman

February 18, 2011

Elections and Voting
Uganda Heads to the Polls

As Ugandans head to the polls on Friday, we can expect two outcomes. First, President Yoweri Museveni will likely defeat his challenger, Kizza Besigye, and extend his 25 year rule. Afrobarometer’s re…

February 22, 2011

Elections and Voting
Museveni "Wins" Uganda’s Elections

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni addresses a campaign rally at the Makerere university Freedom Square in the capital Kampala, February 14, 2011. (James Akena/Courtesy Reuters) To nobody’s surp…

Museveni "Wins" Uganda’s Elections

January 18, 2011

Politics and Government
Tunisia - The Weekend After

A protester chants slogans as she holds a placard during a demonstration in downtown Tunis January 18, 2011. Tunisia’s new coalition government hit trouble on Tuesday, with three ministers quitting a…

Tunisia - The Weekend After

March 3, 2011

United States
The Blame Game

The lobby of the CIA Headquarters Building in McLean, Virginia (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters) The blame game.  It’s an old inside the Beltway tradition that too often spills into the 24 hour news …

The lobby of the CIA Headquarters Building in McLean, Virginia (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters)

May 16, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Guest Post: A Looming Breakdown in U.S.-Pakistan Relations?

Protesters condemn the killing of Osama bin Laden in Mutlan, Pakistan on May 8, 2011. (Courtesy Reuters) My colleague, Dan Markey, has been in Islamabad for the past week doing book research. Here’s…

Protesters condemn the killing of Osama bin Laden in Mutlan, Pakistan on May 8, 2011.

May 16, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Guest Post: Is Cutting Off U.S. Aid to Pakistan a Good Idea?

Pakistani workers unload relief goods sent by the U.S. Agency for International Development. (Mian Khursheed/courtesy Reuters) When I introduced the guest post that Dan Markey kindly wrote this morn…

Pakistani workers unloads relief goods sent by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

April 11, 2011

Thailand
Thailand: Another Coup?

Thai soldiers salute as a coffin of their comrade killed in a recent car bombing is flown home from the troubled Yala province in southern Thailand March 2, 2011. (Damir Sagolj/Courtesy Reuters) In …

Thai soldiers salute as a coffin of their comrade killed in a recent car bombing is flown home from the troubled Yala province in southern Thailand March 2, 2011.

May 19, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
The World Next Week: Obama Diplomacy in High Gear

President Barack Obama delivers a speech about U.S. policy in the Middle East today at the State Department. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters) The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I talked …

President Barack Obama delivers a speech about U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa today at the State Department on May 19, 2011.

May 2, 2011

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
More Isolated al-Qaeda in Mideast

Newspaper headlines and clippings are posted on a wall inside a staff office at the White House in Washington (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters) Osama bin Laden’s death is an enormously symbolic event…

More Isolated al-Qaeda in Mideast