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July 30, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Better Economic News from South Africa

South Africa’s general malaise owes much to its very slow recovery from the international economic crisis that began in the United States in 2008. The country’s gross domestic product growth rate has…

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January 26, 2015

Human Rights
Women’s Rights in Saudi Arabia After King Abdullah

The death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz raises important questions about the future of the kingdom, including issues that have ripple effects around the world such as regional relati…


July 23, 2014

Will the U.S. Oil Boom Make Energy Sanctions Easier?

Ask someone to identify a big geopolitical consequence of the ongoing U.S. oil production boom and odds are high that they’ll invoke Iran. (Every one of the links in that last sentence is an example…


August 9, 2014

Turkey’s Secularists Surrender

I coauthored this post with my friend and colleague, Michael Koplow. He is the author of the blog: Ottomans & Zionists. When Turks go to the polls on August 10 to directly elect their president for …


February 10, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria: Political Parties’ Limitations

An important venue for Nigerian politics since the 1999 restoration of civilian government, which followed a generation of military rule, has been the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP). While there hav…

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan (R) shakes hands with Muhammad Tukur Modibbo, managing director of Aura Energy Ltd, as Vice President Namadi Sambo (L) applauds during the Presidential Power Reform Transactions signing ceremony in Abuja April 22, 2013.

May 14, 2013

Regional Voices: Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, Israel, and Egypt

“I swear to God we will eat your hearts and your livers, you soldiers of Bashar the dog.” –Abu Sakkar, leader of the Syrian rebel Farouq Brigade from Homs, as he bit into the heart of a regime soldie…

A Free Syrian Army fighter aims his AK-47 rifle through a window in Aleppo's Salaheddine neighbourhood (Hretani/Courtesy Reuters).

October 28, 2013

Unpacking Africa’s Growth Forecasts: Potentials and Risks

This is a guest post by Diptesh Soni. Diptesh is a master’s degree candidate at the Columbia University School of International Public Affairs (SIPA) studying economic and political development. You …

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December 9, 2013

Indian State Elections Raise Questions About 2014

The results of four of the five state-level elections conducted in India over the past month were announced on Sunday, December 8. (Results from the smaller northeastern state of Mizoram were announc…

Supporters of Kejriwal, leader of the newly formed Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party, hold brooms, the party's symbol, after Kejriwal's election win against Delhi's CM Dikshit, in New Delhi

February 26, 2013

Guest Post: The Politics of Egypt’s Rape Epidemic

This post is written by Allison Nour, a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations. In a powerful scene from the 2010 Egyptian film “678,” a veiled woman boards a crowded public bus on h…

A woman raises a knife against Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi and members of the Brotherhood during a march against sexual harassment and violence against women in Cairo February 6, 2013 (Dalsh/Courtesy Reuters)..

December 5, 2012

Robert Madsen: Japan Leading the West?

This blog post is part of a series entitled Is Japan in Decline?, in which leading experts analyze Japan’s economy, politics, and society and give their assessment of Japan’s future. In absolute ter…

Buildings are silhouetted against the setting sun in front of Mount Fuji in Tokyo