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May 14, 2012

Iran
M. Hollande’s Bad Start with Iran

Francois Hollande is not even president of France yet but France’s tough position on the Iranian nuclear program already looks weaker. Today the former French prime minister Michel Rocard is in Tehr…

March 12, 2019

United States
Inequality and Tax Rates: A Global Comparison

With economic inequality at an all-time high, some U.S. presidential candidates are proposing dramatic shifts to the U.S. tax code. How have similar plans worked elsewhere in the world?

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May 7, 2012

Defense and Security
Hello, François Hollande: President of France

Streaks are made to be broken. After seventeen years on the outside looking in, a Socialist Party candidate has finally returned to the French presidency. François Hollande defeated Nicolas Sarkozy b…

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December 28, 2018

Global
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2018

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2018 who shaped U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten world figu…

Kofi Annan addresses a news conference UN headquarters in New York, 1997. REUTERS/Jeff Christensen.

October 1, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Feminist Foreign Policy: A Conversation With Former Foreign Minister Margot Wallström of Sweden

In 2014, Margot Wallström, former minister for foreign affairs of Sweden, made headlines around the world as Sweden became the first country in the world to formally adopt a “feminist foreign policy…

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February 6, 2014

The World Next Week: Francois Hollande Visits Washington, Egypt Marks the Anniversary of Mubarak’s Ouster, and the Chicago Auto Show Opens

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed French president Francois Hollande’s upcoming visit to Washington, the third anniversary of Hosni Mubarak’s ouster in Egypt, and the Chi…

U.S. president Barack Obama shakes hands with French president Francois Hollande after a meeting in the Oval Office in 2012. (Eric Feferberg/Courtesy Reuters)

November 17, 2006

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
The Growing Nuclear Club

Backgrounder: North Korea is the latest member of the world’s still-exclusive nuclear club. But other aspirants are waiting in the wings.

May 10, 2012

Defense and Security
The World Next Week: Iran-IAEA Talks, G8 Summit, President Hollande, and the Cannes Film Festival

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed next week’s talks in Vienna between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran; the Group of Eight (G8) summit at Camp David…

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September 24, 2010

Economic Crises
The Eurocrisis and the Uncertain Future of European Integration

This essay assesses the need for deeper integration in the European Union, while questioning where the current European leadership has the vision to implement such reforms in the wake of the euro cri…

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August 2, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Germany's 1904 Genocide in Namibia

In what is often called the twentieth century’s first genocide, the German colonial authorities, from 1904 to 1906, set out systematically to exterminate two ethnic groups, the Herero and the Nama, f…

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