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August 24, 2011

Palestinian Territories
Whose Brilliant Idea Was That UN Vote?

For years the Palestinian leadership has taken legal advice from a law professor at Oxford University, Guy Goodwin-Gill. But now it seems that they forgot to consult him before demanding a UN vote on…

May 24, 2018

North Korea
Cognitive Bias and Diplomacy with North Korea

Sungtae (Jacky) Park is a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations. A version of this piece was first published on CSIS PacNet here. As the top-level summit between the United Sta…

Cognitive Bias and Diplomacy with North Korea

May 23, 2018

Italy
Italy's New Government Could Be the Force That Finally Breaks Europe

Italy's new government could pursue a path that could have a devastating effect on Europe’s financial position

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April 18, 2018

Nigeria
Traditional Rulers Hold Real Power in Nigeria

Emir Muhammed Sanusi is more than a traditional religious leader and he enjoys much greater influence than do Indian maharajas today.

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April 9, 2018

China
THE CHINA MISSION: George Marshall’s Unfinished War, 1945–1947

As the United States courts a trade war with China, a timely new book by Foreign Affairs’ Executive Editor Daniel Kurtz-Phelan illuminates how U.S. policymakers have been vexed by relations with Chin…

The China Mission

April 5, 2018

Botswana
Bucking Authoritarian Trend, Botswana Welcomes Its Fifth New President

Botswana inaugurated its fifth president, Mokgweetsi Masisi, on April 1 after President Ian Khama stepped down the day before.

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April 19, 2018

Nigeria
Unemployment and Begging Across Nigeria

The World Bank, using International Labour Organization (ILO) data, estimated that the unemployment rate is 5.5 percent, but this likely varies dramatically within the country.

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August 1, 2016

Global
The Zika Threat Moves North

The Zika virus is spreading to North America, and U.S. delays in approving research and funding could lead to a public health disaster, write Larry Brilliant and CFR’s Laurie Garrett.

February 22, 2018

Cybersecurity
To Build a More Capable Cyber Policy Field, Teach Policy to Technologists

Technologists love to criticize policymakers for their ignorance of how computer security actually works. Instead of criticizing from the sidelines, maybe they should get involved. 

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February 13, 2018

United States
The Marshall Plan Holds Lessons for Present Tensions With Russia, Benn Steil Writes in New Book

February 13, 2018—The Marshall Plan—the costly and ambitious initiative to revive western Europe after World War II—marked the true beginning of the Cold War, argues Benn Steil. Bringing to bear new …

The Marshall Plan by Benn Steil