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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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…


October 24, 2013

The World Next Week: Georgia Votes for President, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Reports on Syria, Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Maliki Visits Washington, and the World Series Returns

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the Georgian presidential elections, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) report on Syrian chemical weapons, …

A man passes campaign posters in Tbilisi, Georgia (David Mdzinarishvili/Courtesy Reuters).

February 14, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Odds on an African Pope

British, Irish, and Australian bookmakers will place odds on anything. They are already looking at possible successors to Pope Benedict XVI.  The odds change by the minute, but the three favorites in…

An empty papal throne is pictured before the Ash Wednesday mass at the St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican February 13, 2013.

January 16, 2013

Politics and Government
Are Egypt’s Muslim Brothers Democrats?

It may seem non-controversial these days to suggest that Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and its Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) are not exactly forces for democratic change.  Much of Washington, which on…