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June 12, 2020

United States
The World Next Week: What to Read, Watch, and Listen to This Summer

Each year CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I record a special episode of The World Next Week on our summer reading recommendations. Being sticklers for tradition, we did so again this year. We thought,…

Picture of the book "A Burning," with red and yellow flames and a train, a screenshot of an episode of the podcast "More Perfect," and the preview of the documentary The Civil War with a picture of a cannon in front of a sunset.

August 22, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Michael Bennet, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Update: Michael Bennet announced on February 11, 2020, that he was ending his campaign for president. Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer among American men. One in nine Ameri…

Michael Bennet

July 29, 2019

Election 2020
Meet John Hickenlooper, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Update: John Hickenlooper announced on August 15, 2019, that he was ending his campaign. Political strategists often ask whether a presidential candidate is someone a voter would want to have a be…

John Hickenlooper

April 25, 2018

Canada
Toronto Shows What Better Police Training Looks Like

When Constable Ken Lam confronted Alek Minassian, suspected of driving through dozens of pedestrians on Yonge Street in Toronto on April 23, he had his gun drawn and sirens blaring. According to the New York Times, the constable successfully arrested Minassian without firing a shot.

Canada-Toronto-Police-Suspect-Arrest

December 27, 2017

United States
Ten American Foreign Policy Influentials Who Died in 2017

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2017 who through…

American obituaries

October 27, 2017

Democracy
Public Perspectives Toward Democracy

I was recently featured on a panel with Katie Simmons and Ken Wollack, moderated by Bruce Stokes, that discussed global public opinion toward democracy amid the rise of populists and autocrats, and t…

A woman carrying her child casts her vote during general elections in the district of Poroy in Cuzco, April 10, 2016.

December 8, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Biafra Dream

While those of us who love Nigeria have been fixated on Boko Haram and the discontents of the North, the Ibo-dominated parts of the south have been heating up. Separatists that invoke the defeated Bi…

Biafra Dream

May 28, 2015

Israel
Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the Question of Hamas, Gaza, and Israel

Amnesty International has just issued a report on human rights violations by Hamas in Gaza during last year’s conflict between Hamas and Israel.  It has garnered a great deal of attention, in part be…

May 4, 2015

Human Rights
Hasbara...Hasbara Everywhere

Last week Israel took criticism for sending a contingent of doctors and search and rescue specialists to Nepal to participate in the earthquake relief efforts. Read that again. There is no “not” in b…

Hasbara Everywhere

November 17, 2014

Infrastructure
Dumb Government and Smart Government

There were two stories in the paper over the weekend – both of them local to the Washington, DC area – that perfectly captured the difference between smart government spending and dumb government spe…

Actor Kevin Spacey arrives at the premiere of Netflix's television series "House of Cards" at Alice Tully Hall in the Lincoln Center in New York City (Stephen Chernin/Courtesy Reuters).