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May 24, 2019

United States
Remembering Those Memorial Day Honors

The United States has fought twelve major wars and a countless number of smaller skirmishes in its history. Memorial Day is how we honor the soldiers, sailors, airmen, airwomen, and marines who did n…

Memorial Day 2019

May 14, 2019

India
Ethnic and Caste Politics, Hindu Nationalism, and the Indian Elections

General elections for India’s lower house of parliament began on April 11 and will last through May 19, with all ballots counted on May 23. This is the world’s largest democratic exercise. I had the …

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January 29, 2019

Brazil
A Tale of Two Amazons

A comparison of two Amazons, one corporate and one natural, underscores the vast discrepancy between the health of the economy and the vitality of the environment. 

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Amazonian Chief Raoni Metuktire of the Kayapo tribe.

November 6, 2015

Algeria
Weekend Reading: Egypt’s State of Idiocy, Darth Mediene, and Libya’s Tribes

Maged Atiya laments the Egyptian state’s devolution into idiocy. Sam Metz and Abdallah Brahimi explore the potential reasons behind the recent dismissal of Algerian spy chief Mohammed Mediene. Nada…

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December 3, 2018

United States
Ten Anniversaries to Note in 2019

Anniversaries recall our triumphs, honor our losses, and mark our tragedies. Two thousand eighteen witnessed many significant anniversaries: the centennial of the end World War I, the fiftieth annive…

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August 1, 2018

Nigeria
Can Nigeria Be Saved? The G57 Thinks So

The G57 is a nonpartisan group of fifty-seven successful Nigerian professionals from every corner of Nigeria and around the globe. The combination of democracy and a productive economy is what Nigeria needs to stabilize and to lead African stability and growth into the future.

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April 24, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Sexual Violence in India

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering April 13 to April 23, was compiled with s…

People hold placards at a protest against the rape of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, in Ahmedabad, India.

March 14, 2018

Kenya
Pulling Kenya Back From the Brink

Odinga has called off his defiance campaign against the Kenyatta government, while Kenyatta apparently is allowing Odinga to continue to use the title “people’s president." The official document released detailing the pact refers to both as “his excellency.”

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January 30, 2018

Kenya
Raila Odinga Sworn in as Kenya’s “People’s President”

As he has long said he would do, Raila Odinga had himself sworn-in as the “people’s president” at noon on January 30 in the presence of thousands of supporters in Uhuru Park in downtown Nairobi, Kenya.

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October 27, 2017

Kenya
Low Turnout, Protests, and No End in Sight for Kenyan Election Crisis

New elections in Kenya are facing real problems, including low turnout, legal challenges, and protests. How will Kenyatta and Odinga respond?

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