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September 27, 2011

Health
How We Die

A girl prays near graves on Eid al-Fitr at a cemetery in Ramallah on August 30, 2011 (Mohamad Torokman/Courtesy Reuters). Although it is probably a misattribution, Joseph Stalin is reported to have …

A girl prays near graves on Eid al-Fitr at a cemetery in Ramallah on August 30, 2011 (Mohamad Torokman/Courtesy Reuters).

August 31, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria: Religious Violence in Jos

A signboard welcoming visitors is seen at the main entrance of Nigeria's central city of Jos. (Joseph Penney/Courtesy Reuters) On August 28 in Jos there was a new outbreak of violence, ostensib…

Nigeria: Religious Violence in Jos

October 19, 2011

United States
TWE Remembers: The Battle of Yorktown

  As anyone who has ever watched “The Simpsons” knows, Americans like to make fun of French military prowess—or the supposed lack thereof. But today is a day to remember that the United States is …

Battle of Yorktown

December 9, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: The Iran Debate Heats Up

An Iranian military base is seen near the town of Bid Kaneh in this satellite image taken on September 9, 2011. (GeoEye via Google Earth/ISIS/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. The political debate o…

military base is seen near the town of Bid Kaneh, in Iran, in this satellite image taken on September 9, 2011, and released by the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) to Reuters on December 2, 2011. ISIS released a commercial satellite image of the military compound where a large explosion occurred on November 12, 2011. Compared to an earlier picture of the site as shown here, an image taken on November 22, 2011 shows that most of the buildings on the compound appear extensively damaged. MANDATORY CREDIT - GEOEYE REUTERS/GeoEye via Google Earth/ISIS/Handout

December 22, 2011

Japan
Impressions of Japan, 2011

A Japan Self-Defense Forces officer smiles as he holds a four-month-old baby girl who was rescued along with her family members from their home in Ishimaki City, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, …

A Japan Self-Defense Forces officer smiles as he holds a four-month-old baby girl who was rescued along with her family members from their home in Ishimaki City, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area on March 14, 2011.

December 29, 2011

Guest Post: Kate Collins on Five Hot Spots to Watch in Africa in 2012

Children show burnt election ballots outside a polling station in Kinshasa on November 29, 2011. (Emmanuel Braun/courtesy Reuters) In recent months, the news out of sub-Saharan Africa has often been…

Children show burnt election ballots outside a polling station at Matete district in Kinshasa November 29, 2011. The African Union urged candidates in Democratic Republic of Congo’s elections on Wednesday to accept the outcome of this week’s polls, saying they were well managed despite technical problems and violence. REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun

November 29, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Initial Reports on Congo Elections Discouraging

A pile of presidential and legislative ballot papers sit unattended on the ground of a compound outside a polling station in Democratic Republic of Congo's capital Kinshasa November 29, 2011. (F…

Initial Reports on Congo Elections Discouraging

January 23, 2012

International Organizations
At the United Nations, Reform for All Seasons

It’s a dirty little secret among supporters of the United Nations: The closer you get to seeing how the sausage is actually made in Turtle Bay, the more you wonder whether the UN-bashers have a point…

December 15, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Congo-Kinshasa Goes from Bad to Worse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cstc7_izAW0&t=1s Earlier this week, I did a bleak video for the CFR on the consequences of Congo’s just-concluded elections. If I were to do it today, it would be even…

November 29, 2011

China
First Steps in U.S.-China Cyber Cooperation?

President Obama on the phone in the Oval Office on February 2, 2011. (Pete Souza/Courtesy The White House) China Daily has responded to a very detailed study Project 2049 published two weeks ago abo…

President Obama on the Phone