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January 20, 2008

United States
The United States, on sale

The front page of the Sunday New York Times had a long article by Peter S. Goodman and Louise Story. But Maureen Dowd is a better barometer of the cultural zeitgeist that news page: today’s column …

April 4, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Guest Post: Insurgency Continues, Crimping Business-as-usual

This is a guest post by Jim Sanders, a career, now retired, West Africa watcher for various federal agencies. The views expressed below are his personal views and do not reflect those of his former e…


November 12, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
African Elections Merely “a False Veneer of Legitimacy?”

The Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) has rolled out a new report by the Global Commission on Elections, Democracy and Security, “Deepening Democracy: A Strategy for Improving t…

Woman with shows off her inked finger after casting her vote during the national elections in the capital Luanda, Angola 31/08/2012.

July 11, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Warnings About Mali’s Upcoming Elections

Louise Arbour is the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. She is also a former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, and she is the former Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal…

A man receives his voter identification card in Senou June 29, 2013.

March 12, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Dust Up Between Pretoria and Kigali

South Africa on Monday expelled three Rwandan officials from its embassy in Pretoria. They are charged with complicity in an assassination attempt against a Rwandan dissident living in South Africa. …

Rwanda's President Paul Kagame (2nd L) pays his respects to former South African President Nelson Mandela on the last day of Mandela's lying in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria December 13, 2013.

November 21, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
Amnesty International and Hamas

The current conflict between Hamas (and other terrorist groups) and Israel has brought out the worst  in Amnesty International. Amnesty has taken a position that can only be called anti-Israel, treat…

November 8, 2013

Corporate Governance
Policy Initiative Spotlight: Questioning the Wisdom of Corporate Tax Incentives

Many states and cities offer a variety of tax incentives (credits, exemptions, deductions) to businesses with the aim of spurring growth and job creation, but few carefully analyze the costs and bene…

The shuttered General Motors Willow Run Powertrain plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan, June 2012 (Jeff Kowalsky /Courtesy Reuters).

May 2, 2017

Why Hollywood Needs More Than Just “Chinese Ingredients”

Larry Hong is an intern in the Asia program at the Council on Foreign Relations and a senior at Columbia University. This is the second post in his three-part series on the relationship between Holly…

Actor Jackie Chan reacts as he accepts his honorary award as actor Chris Tucker (C) looks on at the 8th Annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles, California on U.S., November 12, 2016. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

May 30, 2018

Brazil Needs a Twenty-First Century Data Protection Strategy

The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation is putting pressure on Brazilian authorities to adopt similar legislation to protect Brazilians' digital privacy. 


June 28, 2018

United States
What’s Worth Reading This Summer?

CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I recorded our annual summer reading episode of CFR’s “The World Next Week” podcast. Carlos Lozada, the nonfiction book critic at the Washington Post, joined us for the…

summer reading 2018