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April 18, 2011

United States
MEPI, Syria, And The Washington Post

New U.S. ambassador Robert Ford presents his credentials to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus (Sana Sana/Courtesy Reuters) The DC Middle East watching community is abuzz with a front…

MEPI, Syria, And The Washington Post

March 2, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Buhari Honored with Award

Muhammadu Buhari, former Nigerian military ruler and presidential candidate for the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) speaks during an interview with Reuters at a private residence in Lagos Feb…

Buhari Honored with Award

May 6, 2011

Immigration and Migration
TWE Remembers: The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882

Immigration is a hot topic in America. That’s nothing new. We are a nation of immigrants that has been arguing for more than a century over who should be the next group to be allowed into the country…

The Chinese Exclusion Act

May 20, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Has Congress Abandoned Its War Power?

Capitol Hill seen at sunrise. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters)   Above the Fold. The ringing you heard today is the timer expiring on the War Power Resolution’s sixty-day clock. Back on March 20, Presi…

Capitol Hill seen at sunrise.

May 23, 2011

Defense and Security
Quick Takes: Obama Favors Congressional Action on Libya

President Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office on May 20, 2011. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters) Last week’s Friday File noted that Congress has not acted either…

President Obama meets with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office on May 20, 2011.

May 11, 2011

North Korea
The North Korea Food Aid Debate

A Chinese frontier policeman checks sacks of rice from South Korea, which will be sent to North Korea, at Dandong port, Liaoning province October 29, 2010. (Jacky Chen/Courtesy Reuters) There has …

A Chinese frontier policeman checks sacks of rice from South Korea, which will be sent to North Korea, at Dandong port, Liaoning province October 29, 2010.

May 9, 2011

Nigeria
The American University of Nigeria

Flags fly in front of Peter Okocha Hall at the American University of Nigeria (AUN). (Photo Courtesy of AUN) Tomorrow I leave for Nigeria to participate in a meeting of the board of the American Uni…

Flags fly in front of the Arts and Sciences Building, American University of Nigeria (AUN). Photo Courtesy AUN.

May 26, 2011

Defense and Security
The World Next Week: Libyan Fighting, Nigerian Inauguration, and North Korean Famine

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan casts his ballot in his home village of Otuoke on April 16, 2011. (STR New/courtesy Reuters) The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the u…

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan casts his ballot in his home village of Otuke, Bayelsa state on April 16, 2011.

May 10, 2011

Asia
The Continuing Impotence of ASEAN

ASEAN leaders walk after they held a retreat at the 18th ASEAN Summit in Jakarta May 8, 2011. (Supri Supri/Courtesy Reuters) This past week’s ASEAN Summit in Jakarta only further highlighted the org…

ASEAN leaders walk after they held a retreat at the 18th ASEAN Summit in Jakarta May 8, 2011.

April 27, 2011

Sudan
The Peace Process in Sudan

Sudan's Foreign Minister Ali Karti (R) and newly appointed U.S. special envoy Princeton Lyman meet in Khartoum April 6, 2011 (Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Courtesy Reuters) Former CFR senior fellow…

The Peace Process in Sudan