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November 18, 2010

The World Next Week

The podcast for the The World Next Week is up. I am off-site at a conference, so Robert McMahon sat down with Sebastian Mallaby, who directs CFR’s Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studi…

The World Next Week

January 7, 2011

Malaysia
The Curse of Nepotism

Members of an Indonesian military honour guard participating in a state dinner are pictured in Jakarta. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters) Over the past two weeks, several interesting articles have emerg…

Members of an Indonesian military honour guard participating in a state dinner are pictured in Jakarta

September 8, 2011

Israel
Among the Protesters in Israel

An Israeli protester chats to an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man near tents pitched on Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard as part of a demonstration (Nir Elias/Courtesy Reuters) Enjoy the guest post today fr…

Among the Protesters in Israel

November 9, 2011

Climate Change
Time to Move Bangkok?

Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra gestures to residents during her visit to a flooded area at Don Muang district in Bangkok (Chaiwat Subprasom/Courtesy Reuters). The flooding in Ban…

Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra gestures to residents during her visit to a flooded area at Don Muang district in Bangkok.

May 8, 2012

Development
Not a Drop to Drink: The Global Water Crisis

The recent UN alert that drought in the Sahel threatens 15 million lives is a harbinger of things to come. In the next twenty years, global demand for fresh water will vastly outstrip reliable suppl…

Geovani Santos collects water from a weir which has nearly dried up as a consequence of the drought in Maracas

April 19, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria: Ibori Goes to Jail

Human Rights Watch and Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency are hailing the conviction and jailing of Nigerian “big man” James Ibori. A British court has sentenced the former governor of Delta state to j…

Newspapers, with details of the sentencing of James Ibori, are seen on a a news-stand in Lagos April 18, 2012.

December 5, 2012

Japan
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

February 26, 2013

Egypt
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 9, 2013

India
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

October 28, 2013

Nigeria
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 …

Africa - Eskom Workers