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June 20, 2016

Monetary Policy
A Bit More on Chinese, Belgian and Saudi Custodial Holdings

Marc Chandler asked why I chose to attribute Belgium’s holdings to China rather than any of the other potential candidates—notably the Gulf and Russia. The answer for Russia is pretty straightforwar…

Saudi Arabia

July 16, 2015

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2016: Governor Scott Walker, GOP Presidential Candidate

Twelve Americans have become president without having earned a college degree. (Two of them are on Mount Rushmore.) Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who studied at Marquette University but left befor…

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during a kickoff rally in Waukesha, Wisconsin, July 13, 2015.

April 9, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
South African Comedian in the United States

This is a guest post by Allen Grane, research associate for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program. On March 30, Comedy Central’s the Daily Show announced that 31-year old Trevor No…

Comedy Central

February 25, 2015

White House Summit Embraces Women’s Rights to Counter Violent Extremism

Last week, the White House sponsored an international summit on strategies to counter violent extremism (CVE), focusing on groups such as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and al-Qaeda. Amon…


January 2, 2015

Cyber Week in Review: January 2, 2015

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed: German news magazine Der Spiegel published more documents leaked by Edward Snowden. The docum…

NSA Cyber CFR Net Politics

January 5, 2015

Killing “The Death of Sykes-Picot”

Happy New Year! Devoted readers of this blog will know that I generally loathe the annual end- and beginning-of-the-year roundups, lists, retrospectives, and prognostications. “Lame” is the only way …

Killing The Death of Sykes-Picot_2

January 7, 2015

The Top Five Cyber Policy Developments of 2014: Sony Pictures Entertainment and North Korea

Over the past few days, Net Politics has been examining the top five developments in cyber policy of 2014. Each cyber policy event has its own post, explaining what happened, what it all means, and i…

Interview DPRK North Korea Cyber CFR Net Politics

December 18, 2014

With North Korea, Attribution May Be The Easy Part

After weeks of speculation about who was responsible for the hacking of Sony, U.S officials are telling the press that North Korea was "centrally involved." Why the government now feels confident in…

Interview DPRK North Korea CFR Net Politics Cyber

August 6, 2014

Human Rights
Dignity as Global Institutions’ Mission: A New Consensus?

In global governance, there are a couple of nettlesome questions of scope. First, how broadly should universal human rights norms be defined? For instance, one could focus on political and civil righ…

Children of Dalits—also known as "untouchables"—are seen in the outskirts of the northern Indian city of Lucknow.

December 10, 2013

United States
Egypt: Mockery

There is no shortage of advice in the United States about how the Obama administration should approach Egypt.  The familiar ring of policy prescriptions bouncing around the Beltway and beyond is eith…