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June 7, 2018

North Korea
Whether The Kim-Trump Summit in Singapore Succeeds or Fails, North Korean Cyberattacks Likely to Continue

Getting Kim Jong Un to give up his nuclear weapons will be hard. Getting him to give up North Korea's formidable offensive cyber capability will be even harder. 

Kim Jong Un Cyber

December 14, 2015

United States
Ten Whats With...Michael Horowitz

Michael C. Horowitz is an associate professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania and the associate director of Penn’s Perry World House. His research interests include leadership,…

Why Leaders Fight Blog

November 6, 2014

United States
Ten Cold War Films Worth Watching

The Cold War has provided the grist for rich histories, enlightening memoirs, and terrific novels. It has also provided source material for some great movies. Here in alphabetical order are my ten fa…

Tinker-Tailor-Soldier-Spy

July 22, 2014

Politics and Government
Hello, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo: President of Indonesia

Sometimes sure things turn out not to be so sure. Just ask Joko Widodo, who is better known to his fellow Indonesians as “Jokowi.” At the start of 2014 he was expected to win Indonesia’s presidential…

Jokowi-Indonesia-President

June 22, 2012

Thailand
Google, Thailand, and the 2012 Transparency Report

As reported on in Siam Voices this week, Google has released its 2012 Transparency Report, which chronicles requests that Google receives, mostly from governments, to block material online. As Lisa G…

Under Thailand’s lèse-majesté law, criticism of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (pictured in Bangkok June 9, 2012) and the royal family is prohibited.

January 27, 2012

Defense and Security
You Might Have Missed: Chinese Drones, Conflict-Related Sexual Violence, and Human Rights

Adam Entous, Julian E. Barnes, and Siobhan Gorman, “More Drones, Fewer Troops,” Wall Street Journal, January 26, 2012. The plan, to be unveiled by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday and…

Congolese women

December 2, 2011

Friday File: Does the United States Matter Less?

A shrimp boat trawling near the mouth of the Atchafalaya River near Morgan City, Louisiana. (Sean Gardner/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. I had the good fortune to spend the last two days at a con…

A shrimp boat trawls near healthy marsh, bayous and water ways east of the mouth of the Atchafalaya River near Morgan City, Louisiana April 20, 2011. When BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico last April, killing 11 workers, authorities first reported that no crude was leaking into the ocean. They were wrong. One year on, oil from the largest spill in U.S. history clogs wetlands, pollutes the ocean and endangers wildlife, not to mention the toll it has inflicted on the coastal economies of Florida, Mississippi, Alabama and especially Louisiana. REUTERS/Sean Gardner (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS ENERGY)

October 12, 2010

North Korea
Apparent Heir: Kim Jong Un’s Ascension and The Challenge to South Korea

Having spent the past week in Seoul in the aftermath of the September 28 Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) conference and on the eve of the unprecedented 65th anniversary celebrations of the WPK’s foun…

Apparent Heir: Kim Jong Un’s Ascension and The Challenge to South Korea

July 26, 2006

Emerging Markets
Is Saudi Arabia the new IMF?

Last week I was beginning to think the IMF might be back in business.   A couple of press reports hinted that Lebanon’s central bank was facing real pressure.    Folks fleeing the country wanted doll…