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December 17, 2018

Southeast Asia
2018 in Review: Press Freedom Under Assault in Southeast Asia—Maria Ressa and More

2018 was a brutal year, in many ways, for civil society activists, rights advocates, and democratic politicians throughout Southeast Asia. Cambodia’s government transformed from an autocratic regime …

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November 19, 2018

Defense and Security
Women and the Syrian Peace Process: A Conversation with Mariam Jalabi

Mariam Jalabi, co-founder of the Syrian Women’s Political Movement and the Syrian National Council’s representative to the United Nations, reflects on Syria’s future and women's participation in the …

Mariam Jalabi, co-founder of the Syrian Women’s Political Movement and the Syrian National Council’s representative to the United Nations, speaks with CFR's Jamille Bigio.

November 13, 2018

Puerto Rico
Could Maria’s Legacy Be a New Debt Trap for Puerto Rico?

President Trump is right to worry that disaster aid will end up bailing out the holders of Puerto Rico's bonds, but there are better solutions to that particular problem than cutting off disaster aid…

Could Maria’s Legacy Be a New Debt Trap for Puerto Rico?

October 2, 2018

Nigeria
Nigerian and U.S. Flooding Similar, Linked to Climate Change

Nigerians fear that flooding in October 2018 could be as bad as or worse than it was in 2012, when two million Nigerians were displaced and 363 died. In 2015, floods displaced 100,000 and led to 53 deaths. In 2016, 92,000 were displaced 38 died. In 2017, floods affected 250,000. 

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September 27, 2018

Puerto Rico
Will the Proposed Restructuring of COFINA Bonds Assure Puerto Rico’s Return to Debt Sustainability?

Puerto Rico’s government and the bulk of the holders of Puerto Rico’s Sales tax backed bonds (COFINA) appear to have reached agreement on restructuring terms (details here). The deal will reduce Puer…

Will the Proposed Restructuring of COFINA Bonds Assure Puerto Rico’s Return to Debt Sustainability?

July 16, 2018

Puerto Rico
Looking Back on Fiscal 2018 as Puerto Rico Starts a New Fiscal Year

Sales tax revenues have recovered. Fiscal year 2019, which started in July, should be a good year thanks to Federal disaster aid. The real question though is what happens when Federal aid starts to f…

Looking Back on Fiscal 2018 as Puerto Rico Starts a New Fiscal Year

May 29, 2018

Canada
Is Canada Back? Trudeau’s Peacekeeping Promises Are Not Enough

Trudeau’s pledged UN peacekeeping contributions are an important step toward fulfilling his foreign policy promises, but if he is serious about renewing Canada’s leadership in peacekeeping, it is not…

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, New York on September 19, 2016.

April 19, 2018

Puerto Rico
The Oversight Board’s Latest Fiscal Plan for Puerto Rico is Still Too Optimistic

The power is off in Puerto Rico, again. It may not be restored for a day or two. Puerto Rico obviously has yet to fully recover from Maria’s devastation. Tax revenues this fiscal year are off by o…

The Oversight Board’s Latest Fiscal Plan for Puerto Rico is Still Too Optimistic

April 19, 2018

Sudan
Five Questions on the Sudan Peace Process

The Five Questions Series is a forum for scholars, government officials, civil society leaders, and foreign policy practitioners to provide timely analysis of new developments related to the advancem…

Women carry identification papers during the registration for a Darfur referendum, at a registration centre at Abo-Shouk IDP camp at Al Fashir in North Darfur, February 17, 2016.

April 12, 2018

Cuba
The Latin American Summit Must Deal With Dictatorship in Cuba

The Latin American summit meeting in Lima, Peru this coming weekend occurs just a week before Raul Castro "steps aside" and Cuba has a new president. But consider this anomaly: Venezuelan president M…