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October 22, 2019

Nigeria
Nigerian Art Continues to Make Waves

A work by the late Nigerian artist Ben Enwonwu fetched $1.4 million at a Sotheby’s auction in London on October 15. The painting, “Christine,” is a 1971 portrait of the Caribbean-origin American wife of a missionary. After her death, the portrait hung on the wall at her family’s home. Unaware of the origin of the piece, a stepson eventually reached out to Sotheby’s to see if it had any value. 

A women looks at the painting "Christine," by Ben Enwonwu.

April 30, 2014

India
Thanks, John Oliver! Why India Isn’t a Big Focus for U.S. Television

This post is part of a series on the Indian elections. In the grand tradition of Jon Stewart, the British comedian John Oliver has skewered American television’s priorities in his new show, Last Wee…

IndiaVotes

July 25, 2019

Global Governance
The World May Need Geoengineering, and Geoengineering Needs Governance

Failing to study and develop geoengineering methods to help prevent the severe effects of climate change would be irresponsible. Failing to govern them properly would be even more so.

Residents flee as winds whip flames from the Morgan fire near Clayton, California on September 9, 2013.

June 12, 2018

Palestinian Territories
Prince William (and the Foreign Office) in Jerusalem

I’ve written many times about the British royal family’s remarkable record of refusing to make an official visit to Israel while making scores of visits to Arab capitals. That will change in a matter…

February 26, 2018

South Korea
Can South Korea Save Itself?

For much of its recent history, Korea has been caught in conflicts between powerful neighbors—an experience that provides sobering lessons for South Korean leaders grappling with their country’s vuln…

Can South Korea Save Itself?

February 8, 2018

Turkey
General Erdogan’s First War

Turkey’s Islamist president is the first civilian with control over his country’s military—and you can tell by the results.

Erdogan

December 28, 2017

United States
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2017

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2017 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…

Kohl 1989

April 13, 2017

China
Hollywood and China’s Unequal Affair

Larry Hong is an intern in the Asia program at the Council on Foreign Relations and a senior at Columbia University. This is the first post in his three-part series on the relationship between Hollyw…

Great-Wall-opening

April 5, 2017

Intelligence
Getting Intelligence Agencies to Adapt to Life Out of the Shadows

Intelligence agencies love working in the shadows. However, in a post-Snowden world, they will have to get used to working in the spotlight.

Robert Hannigan

October 2, 2016

Israel
Prince Charles and Israeli Funerals

Prince Charles attended the funeral of Shimon Peres last week, in Jerusalem. This was not his first visit: he also attended the Yitzhak Rabin funeral in 1995. In the 21 years since then he has vis…