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January 19, 2018

Cyber Week in Review: January 19, 2018

This week: deterring cyberattacks with nukes, getting a foothold in China's tech market, and reauthorizing section 702. 

Castle Bravo Test

February 16, 2017

Trump May Threaten a Trade War Over NAFTA, but His Options Are Limited

When then-President Bill Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement in a White House ceremony in December 1993, he called it “a defining moment” for the United States and praised Mexico a…

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June 29, 2016

United States
Brexit, Experts, and Trump: Is Policy Expertise Still Relevant in a Populist Age?

Among the main casualties of the populist wave now surging through Western democracies is respect for policy expertise. Michael Gove, justice secretary in the UK government and cheerleader for Brexit…

Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference, as he is watched by a piper in front of the lighthouse, at his Turnberry golf course in Scotland on June 24, 2016.

June 6, 2016

International Organizations
Let the Sunshine in: Increasing Transparency in UN Elections

The following is a guest post by Megan Roberts, associate director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Sunlight is the best disinfect…


December 17, 2015

International Organizations
The Other Election to Watch in 2016: Selecting the Next UN Secretary-General

The following is a guest post by Megan Roberts, associate director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. As the scrum of U.S. president…

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the sixty-fifth session of the UNHCR's Executive Committee meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, on October 1, 2014.

December 16, 2015

The Future of the WHO: Lessons Learned and Priorities for Institutional Reform

The following is a guest post by my colleague Yanzhong Huang, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations. The unprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa underscored the i…

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and WHO Director-General Margaret Chan attend a meeting at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, during the height of the Ebola crisis on October 1, 2014.

April 7, 2015

Politics and Government
Campaign 2016: Senator Rand Paul, GOP Presidential Candidate

Is America ready for a "Libertarian-ish" president? We are about to find out. Today Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) formally announced his presidential campaign, making him the second Republican candidate, …

Rand Paul Announcement

November 21, 2014

Cyber Week in Review: November 21, 2014

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed: China hosted a global Internet conference this week, where China’s Internet regulator and Pre…

Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Jack Ma speaks to Fadi Chehade, president and CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), on November 19, 2014 . (Courtesy Reuters/China Daily)

October 23, 2014

United States
This Week: Turkey’s Acquiescence and Iran Sanctions

Significant Developments ISIS-Turkey. Turkey announced on Monday that it would allow Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces to cross its border to come to Kobani’s defense, five weeks after the start of ISI…

A Kurdish peshmerga fighter launches mortar shells (Jadallah/Courtesy Reuters).

February 10, 2014

Egypt and The Exigencies of Self Preservation

Last week, a knowledgeable and respected DC-based Egypt expert commented that Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al Sisi is “just a cog in the machine.”  It is not at all clear what exactly this means.  If t…

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