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December 17, 2020

Japan
Japan-South Korea Relations and the Biden Factor

President-Elect Biden and his team come at a critical time for Japan-South Korea relations.

Japan's Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki (C), U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) , and South Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam pose at the start of their trilateral meeting, at the foreign ministry's Iikura guest house in Tokyo, Japan.

June 15, 2004

Global
Testimony By Mallory Factor Concerning the Second Report of an Independent Task Force on Terrorist Financing Sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations

Mallory Factor, Vice-ChairChairman, MALLORY FACTOR INCU.S. Senate Committee on Governmental AffairsJune 15, 2004 Madame Chairman, Senator Lieberman and Distinguished Members of the Committee: …

February 3, 2020

United States
An Inside Look at the Middle East Peace Process: Screening and Discussion of "The Human Factor"

Panelists discuss The Human Factor and the history of the Middle East peace process. This documentary examines the decades-long pursuit of peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict chronicled by the …

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September 9, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
The Role of Egyptians in the 9/11 Attacks Still Reverberates Today

Members of Egypt’s jihadi movement played important roles in inspiring and plotting the 9/11 attacks. Egypt still struggles with some of the factors that gave rise to such extremism.

September 10, 2021

Noncommunicable Diseases
Noncommunicable Diseases Kill Slowly in Normal Times and Quickly in COVID-19 Times

Why addressing chronic diseases is crucial for future pandemic preparedness

Marcelo Louzada stands in a blue room, holding his cell phone, which features a photo of his brother Valdemar Louzada, thirty-eight, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Valdemar suffered from obesity and died from COVID-19 in May 2020.

August 31, 2021

Japan
Politics Heat Up in Tokyo

What a difference a week makes. 

Fumio Kishida, Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) lawmaker and former foreign minister, shows his notebook during a news conference as he announces his candidacy for the party's presidential election.

December 18, 2018

Yemen
Commentary: Yemen Peace Efforts Miss a Critical Factor

As Yemen’s warring parties met in Sweden last week, hopes were high that these peace talks – the first since 2016 – would spark a political process to end the ongoing conflict that has left the count…

A woman flashes the victory sign during a demonstration to demand the ouster of Yemen's Former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Sanaa, October 17, 2011.

February 22, 2017

Venezuela
Three Factors Driving Venezuela’s Impasse

[This post was co-authored with John Polga-Hecimovich*] The increasingly dangerous crisis in Venezuela (described in the first post of this series), has been complicated by the political economy o…

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May 9, 2018

Nigeria
Buhari’s Health Reemerging as a Factor in 2019 Nigerian Elections

Buhari will have been in London on medical leave for more than 170 days since he was inaugurated president in 2015. In other words, out of just over one thousand days in office, he will have spent around 15 percent of his time receiving medical treatment abroad.

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November 15, 2016

Women and Economic Growth
Ten Factors That Affect Women’s Economic Empowerment

This month the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) released a report detailing ten factors that can either enable or constrain women’s economic empowerment. Drawing on data from the Gallup World Pol…

An Aymara woman displays her products next to a railway track in the market of El Alto on the outskirts of La Paz