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October 13, 2016

Thailand
The Mixed Legacy of King Bhumibol Adulyadej

To an outsider, an obituary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej might read like one of Queen Elizabeth II, another long-reigning monarch who became a symbol of her country, especially during times of massive …

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November 19, 2012

Thailand
Obama and His Majesty the King

President Obama kicked off his tour of Southeast Asia this week with a visit to Bangkok, Thailand where he and Secretary Clinton were granted a royal audience with the country’s ailing monarch, King …

U.S. president Barack Obama speaks with Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej during an audience granted at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok.

October 16, 2012

Asia
The Death of King Sihanouk

Of the major figures from the Indochina Wars of the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, there are now very few left. Vo Nguyen Giap, military commander for the People’s Army of Vietnam, is still alive, t…

Mourners gather to pay respects to the late former Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh October 16, 2012.

September 20, 2019

Global Governance
Five Centuries after Magellan, Globalization Needs to Grow Up—and Fast

On this anniversary of Magellan's first expedition to circumnavigate the globe, we should reflect on the trajectory globalization has taken—and adopt a more cosmopolitan approach to life on our shrin…

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September 17, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Joe Biden, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Is the third time really the charm? Former Vice President Joe Biden certainly hopes so. He first threw his hat in the ring for the 1988 Democratic nomination but ended up dropping out of the race mon…

Joe Biden

August 23, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: August 23, 2019

Twitter and Facebook curb state-led disinformation on the Hong Kong protests; North Korean APT suspected of cyberattack; EU exploring sweeping facial recognition regulation; Huawei granted reprieve b…

Protesters check their phones as they take part in a protest inside the Yuen Long MTR station

December 30, 2013

Human Rights
Bahrain: Insulting the King Means Jail

During his brief period as Egypt’s president, Mohamed Morsi sought to suppress criticism by prosecuting citizens for the "crime" of "insulting the president." In fact he prosecuted more cases than al…

April 17, 2017

Thailand
Thailand’s New King Adds Even More Uncertainty to Thai Politics

Two weeks ago, David Streckfuss, a longtime analyst of Thai royal politics, wrote an incisive op-ed in the New York Times. It effectively summarized a growing current of analysis about how Thailand’s…

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January 5, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa, a King, and the Rule of Law

The alarums and excursions over South Africa’s economy and economic policy do not stop. December saw the discreditable episode of President Jacob Zuma’s hiring and firing multiple ministers of financ…

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January 22, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Zimbabwe: The ‘Crocodile’ Who Would Be King

This is a guest post by Allen Grane, research associate for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program. Amid a public debate over the presidential succession, President Robert Mugabe na…

The 'Crocodile'