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January 4, 2019

Climate Change
Climate Shocks and Humanitarian Crises: Which Countries Are Most at Risk?

In an article recently published in Foreign Affairs, Joshua Busby and Nina von Uexkull identify the countries that are most at risk from climate-related instability and humanitarian crises.

Internally displaced Afghan man walks around a camp in Herat.

September 21, 2018

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: September 21, 2018

This week: two U.S. cyber strategies, China self-censors, big tech not happy about data localization in India, and European antitrust regulators look into Amazon.

Nakasone

September 9, 2016

Middle East and North Africa
The United States Bars Christian, Not Muslim, Refugees From Syria

The title of this blog post--The United States Bars Christian, Not Muslim, Refugees From Syria--will strike many readers as ridiculous. But the numbers tell a different story: The United States ha…

March 5, 2015

United States
The Twenty Best Vietnam Protest Songs

Sunday marks fifty years since the first U.S. combat troops arrived in South Vietnam. To mark the anniversary of the war that changed America, I am doing a series of posts on the best histories, memo…

Vietnam-War-Songs

March 6, 2015

United States
Ten Vietnam War Novels to Read

All week I have been blogging on the best histories, memoirs, films, and songs to mark Sunday’s fiftieth anniversary of the arrival of the first U.S. combat troops in Vietnam. Today I want to look at…

Vietnam-War-Novels

March 15, 2012

Defense and Security
The World Next Week: Iran and Afghanistan Debates Plus Greek Debt

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the UN Security Council debates on Iran and Afghanistan, as well as where Greece stands after receiving another bailout. [audio: http:/…

Hillary-UNSC-2012-03-15

January 13, 2012

Politics and Government
Friday File: Is Obama Reinventing Government?

Above the Fold. My BlackBerry buzzed this morning with email alerts informing me that President Obama intends to ask Congress for authority to merge several of the federal government’s trade- and com…

President Barack Obama speaks about government reform at the White House on January 13, 2012. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters)

October 28, 2011

Friday File: Do Presidents Matter in Foreign Policy?

Former president George H.W. Bush, President-elect Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, former president Bill Clinton and former president Jimmy Carter (not shown) meet in the Oval Office on Janua…

From L-R, former President George H.W. Bush, President-elect Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, former President Bill Clinton and former President Jimmy Carter meet in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington January 7, 2009. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES)

June 23, 2006

Financial Markets
Hmmm. Iran isn’t like other oil producing countries …

Iran has a bit more interest than average in nuclear power.    Setting Russia aside, of course. And Iran is actually spending its surging oil revenue rather than salting most of it away, unlike most …