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August 29, 2022

Diamonstein-Spielvogel Project on the Future of Democracy
Saving Democracy in Tunisia

In Tunisia, President Kais Saied's consolidation of power and embrace of autocratic measures threaten the lone remaining success story of the Arab Spring. The Biden Administration should move from rh…

July 20, 2022

Economics
Global Growth Tracker: World Economies by GDP

This tracker charts the economic growth performance through time of ninety-one countries around the globe.

June 2, 2022

Military Operations
How the Army Is Revamping Its Culture in the Wake of Tragedy

A series of troubling incidents within the U.S. Army—including the killing of Specialist Vanessa Guillén in 2020—has prompted the military service to push for major changes to its culture. 

People pay respects at a mural of Vanessa Guillen.

May 26, 2022

United States
What the Korean War Era Reveals About the Fed’s Inflation Dilemma

High inflation during the 1950s shared many similarities to today’s rising prices, including a supply crunch due to a national emergency.

A customer shops at a store in New York City in May 2022 as annual inflation surpasses 8 percent.

March 29, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
Islamism Is Ready for a Comeback

The death of political Islam in the Middle East has been greatly exaggerated.

February 24, 2022

Nigeria
Nigeria’s All Too Familiar Corruption Ranking Begs Broader Questions Around Normative Collapse

Released last month, the 2021 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) confirmed what many Nigerians know intuitively—that a steady stream of official antigraft rhetoric has hardly made a dent on what many agree is the most formidable perennial challenge to the country’s long-term stability. President Buhari’s sentiment to the effect that “if Nigeria does not kill corruption, then corruption will kill Nigeria,” is widely shared. Not only is Nigeria down five places from its 2020 ranking, its total score of twenty-four out of a maximum one hundred points represents a drop for the third successive year, making it West Africa’s second most corrupt country. Guinea-Bissau, still reeling from a failed military takeover in early February, holds the dubious honor of being the most corrupt.  

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari wearing gray traditional clothing and glasses sitting with a binder on his lap.

December 14, 2021

Russia
Defusing the Russia-Ukraine Crisis

What to do to deter a Russian invasion of Ukraine—and what to do if deterrence fails.

A grenade launcher operator of the Russian armed forces participates in combat drills at the Kadamovsky range in the Rostov region, Russia

December 1, 2021

Global
Central Bank Currency Swaps Tracker

Introduction Since the financial crisis of 2007, central banks around the world have entered into a multitude of bilateral currency swap agreements with one another. These agreements allow a centr…

November 23, 2021

China
Does Taiwan Have the Right of Self-Defense?

If conflict were to break out between China and Taiwan, the latter’s right to defend itself would hinge on its international legal status and the circumstances of the hostilities.

Armored vehicles parade in front of Taiwan presidential palace.

October 8, 2021

Genocide and Mass Atrocities
Why Religious Persecution Justifies U.S. Legislation on Crimes Against Humanity

(This article is part of a series on a proposed Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes Against Humanity, due to be considered in discussions now scheduled to resume on Oct. 13 in the S…