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May 20, 2016

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2016 Friday Foreign Policy Roundup: It’s the Economy, Stupid

A Gallup poll out this week found that the economy remains the country’s top concern. Eighteen percent of Americans flag the “economy in general” as the most important problem facing the nation, whil…

A flag flies in front of the blast furnaces at the now-closed Bethlehem Steel mill in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

January 19, 2016

Asia
Indonesia’s Education Gap

Jake Thomases is a public policy analyst at the Risk Analysis Research Center. Investors in Indonesia let out a small sigh of relief when Heri Sudarmanto, the director of foreign workers, announced …

Indonesia Education Jokowi

November 20, 2015

China
Africa Taps Global Bond Markets at Rapid Rate

This is a guest post by Aubrey Hruby and Jake Bright. They are the authors of The Next Africa: An Emerging Continent Becomes a Global Powerhouse. Sub-Saharan African governments are tapping global c…

Zimbabwe Stock Exchange

November 4, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Kenya’s Silicon Savannah Spurs Tech in Sub-Saharan Africa

This is a guest post by Aubrey Hruby and Jake Bright. They are the authors of The Next Africa: An Emerging Continent Becomes a Global Powerhouse. The role of technology in sub-Saharan Africa is grow…

IT Africa

November 17, 2012

Jordan
Weekend Reading: Kurdish Hunger Strikers, Jabari’s Assassination, and Jordan in Turmoil

Jake Hess’ take on hunger striking Kurds. Issandr el Amrani on Ahmed al Jabari’s assassination. Katie Paul looks at the escalating crisis in Jordan.

Syrian Bedouin writer and journalist Lina Hawyan al-Hassan, reads a book at her home in Damascus (Khaled Al Hariri / Courtesy Reuters)

August 16, 2013

Military Operations
You Might Have Missed: Spies, Think Tanks, and Stuxnet Realities

Gregory D. Johnsen, “Did an 8-Year-Old Spy for America?” The Atlantic, August 14, 2013. At the time of the meeting, the boy didn’t know that the United States had decided to kill a man named Adnan a…

funeral convoy carrying bodies of four Islamist militants killed by an air strike

June 5, 2013

Defense and Security
Hello, Susan Rice: National Security Adviser

When one door closes another one opens. Susan Rice can certainly vouch for that pithy piece of advice. Early last fall the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations looked to be a shoe-in to succeed Hill…

U.S. ambassador to the UN Susan Rice speaks in the Rose Garden after Obama's announcement that Rice will be his next national security adviser (Joshua Roberts/Courtesy Reuters).

December 14, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Predicting Future Wars, Drones, Secrecy

Remarks by Secretary Leon Panetta at Ali Salem Air Base, December 12, 2012. “The war of the future is going to involve cyber war.  That’s a reality.  We will do that; others will do that.” (3PA: Ac…

Reaper for Takeoff

May 18, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Yemen and Drone Wars

Iona Craig, "Toll Climbs in Yemen’s Fight Against al-Qaeda," USA Today, May 18, 2012. Julian E. Barnes, "U.S. Rethinks Secrecy on Drone Program," Wall Street Journal, May 17, 2012. The policy chang…

Yemen protester

January 27, 2012

Elections and Voting
Friday File: Will Foreign Policy Matter Much in Campaign 2012?

Above the Fold. A dinner obligation kept me from watching last night’s GOP presidential debate in Jacksonville, Florida, breaking my streak of eighteen straight debate viewings. From what I can tell …

Protesters take part in a rally for jobs in New York on January 16, 2012. (Eduardo Munoz/courtesy Reuters)