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May 3, 2013

Iraq
Iraq’s Worsening Situation

The political standoff between the Shiite government of Nuri al-Maliki and Sunni protestors is fueling growing instability in Iraq, which recorded its most violent month in five years, explains Iraq …

June 14, 2012

Iraq
Iraq’s ’Precarious’ Future

Ongoing violence and corruption in Iraq since the U.S. military pullout could augur a return to full-on sectarian strife and continued poor governance, says CFR’s Ned Parker.

December 28, 2011

Elections and Voting
Potential ’Political Chaos’ in Iraq

As the last U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq this month, an emerging political battle among the country’s top leaders has raised concerns over its stability. It underscores the difficult road ahead for…

December 14, 2009

Iraq
Security and Politics Collide in Iraq

The recent spate of bombings in Baghdad is testing the U.S. commitment to withdrawal, and Iraqi political leaders’ ability to maintain their grip on power, says expert Sam Parker.

February 5, 2009

Iraq
Iraqi Prime Minister’s Party Emerging as Strongest Among Shiite Parties in Elections

Sam Parker, an expert on Iraq, says the initial results from the provincial elections indicate Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has been strengthened and Sunnis in restive Mosul may play a more positiv…

October 11, 2017

State and Local Governments
Governor Hickenlooper’s Passage to India

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is in India right now, leading a trade mission of around a dozen people, according to early media reports. His traveling party includes business executives as well…

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper meets with Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi, October 9, 2017.

June 7, 2017

State and Local Governments
Gearing Up the State Department for the Era of State- and City-Level Diplomacy

It might have been former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s November 2011 trade delegation to India that first caught my attention. Former Washington Governor Chris Gregoire led another in 2012.   …

Then Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina at an interactive session with entrepreneurs organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry in Chandigarh on November 14, 2014.

February 17, 2017

China
Media Censorship in China

China’s central government has cracked down on press freedom as the country expands its international influence, but in the internet age, many of its citizens hunger for a free flow of information.

Stacks of newspapers on display at a newsstand in Beijing, January 10, 2013.

September 11, 2012

Health
Question of the Week: Slactivism

Can YouTube and shoes promote development and reduce poverty? Question of the Week posts review important questions and controversies in global development by providing background information and l…

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