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July 8, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Friday File: Brinkmanship on the Debt Ceiling

The National Debt Clock hangs on a wall next to an office for the Internal Revenue Service near Times Square in New York, May 16, 2011. (Chip East/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. They say that if …

The National Debt Clock hangs on a wall next to an office for the Internal Revenue Service near Times Square in New York, May 16, 2011.

March 27, 2013

South Korea’s Nuclear Debate and the Credibility of U.S. Extended Deterrence

North Korea’s third nuclear test last month unleashed an active South Korean debate on nuclear weapons acquisition along with calls for the reintroduction of U.S. tactical nuclear weapons to deter an…


August 15, 2013

The World Next Week: Egyptian Military Crushes Protests, Japan and Russia Discuss Kuril Islands Dispute, and Al-Jazeera America Debuts

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed Egypt’s continuing turmoil, the territorial dispute between Japan and Russia, and the debut of al-Jazeera America. [audio: http://www.c…

Military police stand outside the Rabaa Adawiya mosque in Cairo on August 15 (Mohamed Abd El Ghany/ Courtesy Reuters).

September 13, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
South African Education System the "Worst in Africa?"

Apartheid-era Foreign Minister Pik Botha, known for his bluster, recently set the cat among the pigeons by saying that South Africa’s education system is “the worst in Africa.” He went on to say that…

A child runs past a mural at a township school as the school prepares to wish former President Nelson Mandela happy birthday in Atteridgeville near Pretoria, July 18, 2013.

November 22, 2013

Defense and Security
You Might Have Missed: Afghanistan, Threat Deflation, and Signature Strikes

“The Uses of Force,” Economist, November 23, 2013. “It’s too easy to use force,” says Admiral Mike Mullen, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “It’s almost the first choice.” “Securit…

Pakistan Drone Strike

May 29, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Negotiating Democracy in Malawi

This is a guest post by Kate Collins, Associate Director, Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, who lived and worked in Malawi in 2012-2013.  Malawi is currently witnessing a political drama …

Malawi President

February 13, 2015

Friday Asia Update: Top Five Stories for the Week of February 13, 2015

Ashlyn Anderson, Lauren Dickey, Darcie Draudt, William Piekos, Ariella Rotenberg, and Sharone Tobias look at the top stories in Asia today. 1. After nearly a year of president’s rule, the Aam Aadmi …

Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party (AAP) chief and its chief ministerial candidate for Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal (center), waves to his supporters in New Delhi on February 10, 2015 (Adnan Abidi/Courtesy Reuters).

March 16, 2017

Diplomacy and International Institutions
International Studies Association Panel: Inequality and the Rise of Authoritarianism

As part of CFR’s Academic Outreach Initiative, I recently had the privilege of moderating a panel on inequality and the rise of authoritarianism with Jack A. Goldstone, Virginia E. and John T. Hazel …


July 12, 2017

Helping U.S. Lawyers in the Fight Against International Corruption

Last year was momentous for the breadth and depth of corruption revealed globally. Among the many remarkable events of 2016, the massive Panama Papers release, the multinational Odebrecht settlement,…

The exterior of the U.S. Department of Justice headquarters building in Washington, July 14, 2009.

April 26, 2017

International Organizations
Salvaging South Sudan’s Sovereignty (and Ending its Civil War)

This post originally appeared on the Council on Foreign Relations The Internationalist Blog and is written by Kate Almquist Knopf, director of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, and Payton Knop…

Hayley South Sudan