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November 28, 2017

United Nations
A Conversation With Jeffrey Feltman

Jeffrey Feltman discusses his five years as undersecretary-general for political affairs at the United Nations (UN), the role of the UN in mediating and preventing conflict, and the relationship betw…

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February 12, 2014

Winter Break

Dear Readers, There will be light blogging for the next week because...well...you can see why. Thanks!

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June 27, 2018

South Africa
Even as Winter Rains Come to Cape Town, Water Scarcity Is Here to Stay

In 2017, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille declared the Western Cape a disaster area because of the drought. In March, the ruling African National Congress’ minister for cooperative governance, Zweli Mkhize, declared a national state of emergency. However, with the arrival of winter rains, Mkhize did not renew the state of emergency when it expired on June 13.

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February 20, 2019

Arab Spring
False Dawn

Teaching Notes for False Dawn, written by Steven A. Cook, in which he examines why Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, and Turkey did not transition to democracy and explains how and why Middle East uprisings didn't succeed.

False Dawn

February 9, 2018

South Korea
The Pyeongchang Winter Olympiad and South Korea’s Diplomatic Goals

South Korea branded the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics as the “Peace Olympics” as part of its campaign to win rights to host the games. Just months ago, the phrase seemed empty as Donald Trump and Kim J…

The Olympics Are Here and the Stakes Are High for South Korea

January 22, 2016

Turkey
Winter Storm Reading

Snow- and Middle East–themed reading for this weekend's winter storm.

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January 24, 2019

Venezuela
Venezuela: The Rise and Fall of a Petrostate

Venezuela’s descent into economic and political chaos in recent years is a cautionary tale of the dangerous influence that resource wealth can have on developing countries.

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February 27, 2015

Winter Break 2015

I am on winter vacation so there will be light blogging in the coming week. Cheers!

Winter Break 2015

May 9, 2013

Economic Crises
A Conversation with Jeffrey M. Lacker

Jeffrey M. Lacker discusses "too big to fail" protection for financial institutions and credible alternatives to this policy.

January 4, 2019

Cybersecurity
Week in Review: January 4, 2019

This week: Germany's political establishment is hit by data leak; Iran bans Instagram; internet shutdown in the DRC; the U.S. Congress opens federal data sets to AI companies. 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the lower house of parliament Bundestag in Berlin