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February 19, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria's Election Postponement Met With Suspicion

Early in the morning on Saturday, February 16, just hours before polls were scheduled to open, the Independent National Elections Commission (INEC) postponed Nigeria’s elections by a week. The nation…

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December 28, 2017

United States
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2017

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2017 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…

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December 9, 2016

Elections and Voting
Ten Elections to Watch in 2017

Millions of people around the world went to the polls this year. The results provided plenty of surprises. British voters defied the pollsters and voted to leave the European Union. Colombians did mu…

Iranian woman holding her daughter casts her ballot during elections for the parliament and Assembly of Experts, in Tehran

May 25, 2016

Iran
No Surprise in Another Hard-Liner Victory in Iran

When the nuclear agreement with Iran was signed last year, one of the arguments for it was that it would help "moderates" in Tehran. And when Iran held parliamentary elections and elections for the c…

May 7, 2015

Iran
Reminders About Iran

During the three-month period between April 2 and June 30, Iran and the P5+1 are supposed to negotiate a comprehensive agreement about Iran’s nuclear program. The United States has been careful not t…

May 14, 2014

Baha’i Leaders in Iran Mark Six Years in Prison

Today, May 14, marks six years in prison for the seven leaders of the Baha’i community in Iran. Their biographies can be found here, and they are citizens whose only crime is their religion. They we…

August 18, 2012

Israel
Tunisia’s Shame

The existence of "World Jerusalem Day" is itself a source of shame to all its "celebrants", for it has now become a day when orgies of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric are produced.  In Iran thi…

January 6, 2012

Iran
The Pariah Tour

Iranian President Ahmadinejad leaves Sunday on a tour of Latin America “in an apparent effort to show he is not a universal pariah despite increasing tension between Tehran and the West.” But the tou…

April 12, 2012

Iran
Iran on Best Behavior

Iran is under remarkably tough sanctions and about to begin negotiations over its nuclear program. So how is it signaling its willingness to play by the rules and engage in serious dialogue? First c…