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July 12, 2010

Simmering Technology Tensions

Photo courtesy of flickr/Chrystian Guy While much of the sturm and drang of the "big" issues in U.S.-China relations--Tibet, North Korea, Iran, and RMB revaluation among others--seems to have diss…

Simmering Technology Tensions

June 20, 2011

International Organizations
U.S.-UN Relations: Back to the Future?

United Nations' Secretary General Kofi Annan meets with Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair Jesse Helms in 1997 (Luc Novovitch/ Courtesy Reuters). Toxic partisanship on Capitol Hill. A loom…

U.S.-UN Relations: Back to the Future?

May 26, 2011

International Organizations
Giving Peacekeepers Their Due

* co-authored with my research associate, Rebecca R. Friedman With NATO operations in Libya entering their third month and no conclusion in sight, it is improbable that the civil war will resolve de…

June 1, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: This Week in Drones, Yemen, and Hollywood

Alexandra Gibb and Cameron Tulk, “A Drone Field Guide,” Canadian International Council, May 31, 2012. Ashton B. Carter, Speech to the American Enterprise Institute, May 30, 2012. Q: Since 9/11, as …

Yemen protesters

July 13, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Drone Strikes, Threat Inflation, and Iran’s Military Power

Rebecca Hamilton, “Special Report: The Wonks Who Sold Washington on South Sudan,” Reuters, July 11, 2012. They called themselves the Council and gave each other clannish nicknames: the Emperor, the …

Yemen missile

November 10, 2011

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2012 Roundup: Michigan Debate and Romney on Iran

Republican candidates at last night's primary debate in Michigan. (Rebecca Cook/courtesy Reuters) Last night’s GOP presidential debate was primarily about the domestic economy. But it started o…

Republican candidates at last night’s primary debate in Michigan. (Rebecca Cook/courtesy Reuters)

February 21, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria’s Boko Haram Ready for Dialogue?

This is a guest post by Jim Sanders, a career, now retired, West Africa watcher for various federal agencies. The views expressed below are his personal views and do not reflect those of his former e…

Crowds fill Abubakar Gumi central market after authorities relaxed a twenty-four hour curfew in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna, June 24, 2012.

September 18, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Declining Poverty Rates in South Africa

There is good and bad news about poverty in South Africa: The good news is that poverty is declining, as is the gross discrepancy between white incomes and those of everybody else. The bad news is th…

Passengers read newspapers on a business express train in Johannesburg December 11, 2008.

February 26, 2014

India’s Stakes in the Middle East

The Pew Research Center just released a superb infographic drawing on World Bank remittance data that makes it possible, with just a few clicks, to instantly see how remittances flow from source to r…

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud

May 6, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Times Are A ‘Changin’ in South Africa, But Perhaps Not Yet

South Africa goes to the polls on May 7. The South African media has been describing the elections as likely to be “the closest since the coming of democracy in 1994.” Liberation icon Nelson Mandela …

Supporters of Julius Malema's Economic Freedom Party (EFF) cheer during their party's final election rally in Pretoria, May 4, 2014. (Skyler Reid/Courtesy Reuters)