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December 3, 2012

Japan
Kathryn Ibata-Arens: Solving the Japanese Paradox

This blog post is part of a series entitled Is Japan in Decline?, in which leading experts analyze Japan’s economy, politics, and society and give their assessment of Japan’s future. Is Japan in eco…

Buildings are silhouetted against the setting sun in front of Mount Fuji in Tokyo

April 23, 2019

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Bombings: What We Know

A high level of coordination suggests the perpetrators had substantial expertise, possibly drawn from a foreign-based terrorist group.

Mourners carry the coffins of victims of the Sri Lanka bombings during a mass funeral in April.

March 29, 2019

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
How Serious Is White Nationalist Terrorism?

In the aftermath of the New Zealand mosque attacks, public debate is mounting in Western democracies over the severity of the threat posed by far-right extremists.

New Zealand

November 30, 2018

Syrian Civil War
Global Conflict This Week: Atrocities Continue in Syria

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

A fighter loyal to Assad

September 23, 2019

United States
Election 2020: Tom Steyer, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Can lightning strike twice? Tom Steyer hopes that it does. Back in 2016, Donald Trump was a billionaire businessman with no government or military service who won a longshot race for the presidency b…

Tom Steyer

March 16, 2010

United Kingdom
Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) (aka, PIRA, "the provos," Óglaigh na hÉireann) (UK separatists)

The provisional Irish Republican Army, or IRA, is an outgrowth of an older group known as the Irish Republican Army, which fought an insurgency that successfully challenged British rule in the whole …

August 27, 2009

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Shining Path, Tupac Amaru (Peru, leftists)

An overview of Peruvian terrorist groups, Shining Path and Tupac Amaru.

November 5, 2008

Iraq
Ansar al-Islam (Iraq, Islamists/Kurdish Separatists), Ansar al-Sunnah

A profile of a militant Islamist Kurdish separatist movement seeking to transform Iraq into an Islamic state.

April 18, 2018

Human Rights
The Long Arc of Human Rights: A Case for Optimism

Drawing on decades of research into transnational civil society networks and international institutions, political scientist Kathryn Sikkink counters skeptics from the left and the right who have arg…

A woman from the Rohingya community from Myanmar cooks food outside her makeshift shelter in a camp in New Delhi, September 13, 2014.

March 27, 2019

China
An Inside Look at China

Panelists examine China's role in the world, its ongoing trade conflict with the United States, and President Xi Jinping's political and economic agendas.

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