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October 16, 2018

United States
States Are Challenging New Policy That Denies Asylum to Survivors of Domestic Violence

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia filed an amicus brief in support of a legal challenge to the Trump administration’s new policy that denies asylum to applicants fleeing domestic or gang v…

Immigrant women hold their children along the border wall as they await apprehension after crossing into the U.S. from Mexico.

September 24, 2018

United Nations
UN Prepares for Donald Trump—and a Second Helping of “America First”

Trump has revealed himself to be a man resistant to compromise, with few qualms about going it alone when he doesn’t get his way. For the leaders gathering for the UN General Assembly this week, the …

Trump and Haley

September 7, 2018

Cybersecurity
Facebook, Twitter, and the Challenge From Washington

Can the country’s major digital platforms fight disinformation campaigns while facing the Trump administration’s charges of political bias?

Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

June 15, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Sessions’ Draconian Asylum Decision: The U.S. Turns Its Back on Domestic Violence Victims

Sessions’ ruling in Matter of A-B- not only blocks a pathway to safety for domestic violence victims, it also undermines the United States’ reputation as one of the few true beacons of hope and liber…

Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivers remarks on immigration enforcement during the Sheriff's Coalition Annual Spring Meeting in Las Cruces, New Mexico, U.S, April 11, 2018.

April 2, 2018

China
“China Steps Out: Beijing’s Major Power Engagement with the Developing World”: A Review

Hunter Marston is a senior research assistant at the Brookings Institution, where he works in the Center for East Asia Policy Studies and for The India Project. You can follow him on Twitter @hmarsto…

Nairobi terminus_6.1.2017

September 30, 2011

Egypt
Weekend Reading: Jeff Spicoli in Tahrir, Brothers vs. Officers, and Revolutionary Accomplishments

Protesters chant slogans against the government and military rulers at Tahrir Square after Friday prayers in Cairo (Amr Dalsh/Courtesy Reuters)   Sean Penn joins Egyptians in Tahrir Square prote…

Weekend Reading: Jeff Spicoli in Tahrir, Brothers vs. Officers, and Revolutionary Accomplishments

March 7, 2019

Russia
Putin's Playbook: Russia's Foreign Policy Priorities

Panelists discuss Russia’s foreign policy under President Vladimir Putin and its increased involvement with countries around the world, including those in neighboring Eastern Europe and Eurasia, as w…

Play Putin's Playbook: Russia's Foreign Policy Priorities

February 28, 2018

South Africa
President Ramaphosa's Positive Cabinet Reshuffle in South Africa

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s new cabinet is a significant improvement over his predecessor's and will reassure domestic and international investors.

South-Africa-Nhlanhla-Nene-Finance-Minister-Ramaphosa

February 26, 2018

Influence Campaigns and Disinformation
Russia, Trump, and the 2016 U.S. Election

Charges of foreign power interference in the U.S. presidential election have raised grave national security concerns and touched off multiple federal inquiries that could drag on for months.

Robert Mueller Russia Investigation

March 17, 2008

Economics
Trading up — Jeff Frankel and Rachel Ziemba will be guest blogging this week

I will be away most of this week and will not be posting regularly. In the interim though, the quality of this blog is likely to go up.Jeff Frankel of Harvard (who recently started his own blog) h…