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September 14, 2010

China
China’s Questionable Friends

After welcoming last week, in succession, Kim Jong Il and Burmese dictator Than Shwe, perhaps the Chinese leadership should go for a trifecta; maybe this week they can host a party for Omar al-Bash…

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao shakes hands with Myanmar’s Senior General Than Shwe during a meeting in the country’s capital Naypyidaw

December 15, 2010

Sub-Saharan Africa
ICC Plans to Prosecute Kenyan Politicians

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has gone public with his intention to prosecute five senior Kenyan political figures for crimes against humanity associated with the 2007 el…

ICC Plans to Prosecute Kenyan Politicians

January 10, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Moving Forward in Sudan

The people of south Sudan began voting January 9 on a referendum to separate from the north. Polls will remain open until January 15, with the final results announced February 6 at the earliest. The …

January 31, 2011

Egypt
Five Things You Need to Know about the Egyptian Armed Forces

There has been a lot of talk about the Egyptian military the last few days.  In light of this commentary, I thought it would be a good idea to offer the top 5 things people should know about the arm…

Five Things You Need to Know about the Egyptian Armed Forces

February 4, 2011

Politics and Government
Friday File: Revolution and Reaction

Riot police clash with protesters in Cairo. (Goran Tomasevic/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. This week’s crackdown on anti-government protesters in Egypt makes clear that President Hosni Mubarak—o…

Riot police clash with protesters in Cairo January 26, 2011.

February 4, 2011

United States
The Turkish Model for Egypt? Beware of False Analogies

Turkish air force cadets march during a graduation ceremony at the Air Force war academy in Istanbul. (Osman Orsal/courtesy Reuters) Despite my best efforts and those of others including the estima…

Turkish air force cadets march during a graduation ceremony for 197 cadets at the Air Force war academy in Istanbul

February 8, 2011

Egypt
"Why He Must Go Now"

Opposition supporters wave flags and shout slogans during a huge rally in the opposition stronghold at Tahrir Square in Cairo on February 8, 2011 (Yannis Behrakis/Courtesy Reuters) Hi everyone, A…

"Why He Must Go Now"

February 14, 2011

Egypt
Egyptian Military’s Moment of Truth

Egyptian soldiers chat as they stand on their tank before moving to another location at Tahrir Square in Cairo on February 12, 2011 (Dylan Martinez/Courtesy Reuters) Hi everyone, Here is my "firs…

Egyptian soldiers chat as they stand on their tank before moving to another location at Tahrir Square in Cairo on February 12, 2011 (Dylan Martinez/Courtesy Reuters)

February 17, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Sudan Is Far From Over, Too

Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir (R) waves to the crowd during a rally in Kararey locality at Omdurman February 16, 2011. (Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Courtesy Reuters) Sudan has also dis…

Sudan Is Far From Over, Too

March 16, 2011

Treaties and Agreements
TWE Remembers: The Fight over the Panama Canal Treaties

President Obama begins his Latin America trip on March 19. When he stops in Brazil, Chile, and El Salvador the official business will range from trade to energy to regional security. One issue that w…

President Jimmy Carter at the White House discussing the Panama Canal Treaty during a nationally televised fireside chat. (Courtesy National Library of Congress)