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June 10, 2011

International Organizations
The Dragon and the Eagle at the UN: Limits to Cooperation

U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao sit across from one another during a September 2009 meeting at the United Nations (Kevin Lamarque/ Courtesy Reuters). --Beijing, Jun…

The Dragon and the Eagle at the UN: Limits to Cooperation

April 14, 2011

Egypt
Goodfellas on the Nile

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's sons Alaa Mubarak and Gamal Mubarak in Cairo in early January (Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Courtesy Reuters) In this extended season of the unthinkable becoming r…

Goodfellas on the Nile

February 14, 2011

Egypt
Egyptian Military’s Moment of Truth

Egyptian soldiers chat as they stand on their tank before moving to another location at Tahrir Square in Cairo on February 12, 2011 (Dylan Martinez/Courtesy Reuters) Hi everyone, Here is my "firs…

Egyptian soldiers chat as they stand on their tank before moving to another location at Tahrir Square in Cairo on February 12, 2011 (Dylan Martinez/Courtesy Reuters)

February 23, 2011

CFR at the Oscars

Click here to view this video on Youtube.com My job gives me opportunities to work with people who have sterling credentials: Nobel Prize winners, Hayek Award winners, Rhodes Scholars, and Marsha…

July 7, 2011

International Organizations
Security Council Reform in Sight?

Brazilian Foreign Minister Patriota attends a meeting with his Japanese counterpart Matsumoto in Tokyo (Yuriko Nakao/ Courtesy Reuters). After years of inertia, the campaign for UN Security Council …

Security Council Reform in Sight?

July 25, 2011

Trade
Clinton’s “Principles” for Asia-Pacific Prosperity

U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton speaks during a luncheon organized by the American Chamber of Commerce at Island Shangri-La in Hong Kong (Tyrone Siu/ Courtesy Reuters). Secretary of State Hil…

Clinton’s “Principles” for Asia-Pacific Prosperity

July 7, 2011

Politics and Government
Egypt: Five Things To Know Going Into The "Day of Persistence"

Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, head of Egypt's ruling military council (POOL New/Courtesy Reuters) I am told that Cairo is increasingly tense in anticipation of Friday’s planned protest…

Egypt: Five Things To Know Going Into The "Day of Persistence"

August 3, 2011

Japan
Japan’s Nuclear Quandary (continued)

Protesters take part in an anti-nuclear rally in Tokyo March 27, 2011. The sign on the left reads, "Change energy policy". The sign on the right reads, "Do not sprinkle radioactive material". (Courte…

Protesters take part in an anti-nuclear rally in Tokyo March 27, 2011. The sign on the left reads,

September 2, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Saluting General David Petraeus

Outgoing International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander General David Petraeus salutes during the change of command ceremony in Kabul on July 18, 2011. (Ahmad Masood/courtesy Reuters) Abov…

Outgoing International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander General David Petraeus salutes during the change of command ceremony in Kabul July 18, 2011. U.S. General John Allen took over the ISAF command from General Petraeus. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

August 17, 2011

International Organizations
Nation. Meet Susan Rice.

Nation. Meet Susan Rice. On Monday night, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations was on the Colbert Report. She used typical  UN sovereignty-stealing trickery—like logic and nuance—to “explain”…