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September 27, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Increasing Equality in India

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering September 20 to Septembe 27, was compiled…

Women from various regions of Morocco protest against violence towards women, in Rabat. The placard reads, "Stopping harassment gives dignity for women."

March 20, 2017

Fake News Has a Long History in the Middle East—and the Lessons for Americans Are Unmistakably Dire

Information has long been falsified and weaponized in Turkey and the Arab world—and we're headed that way fast.


July 3, 2013

The U.S.-EU Spying Fiasco: Why Commercial Espionage is a Bad Idea for the United States

When I was a young reporter in 1993 covering the final days of the Uruguay Round world trade negotiations in Geneva, I got a strange phone call in my hotel room from one of the lobbyists for a big U…

Security cameras near the main entrance of the European Union Council building in Brussels (Francois Lenoir/Courtesy Reuters)

June 10, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
After Assad, Democracy in Syria?

The bloody war that the Assad regime is waging against the people of Syria will end in the downfall of the regime. Whether that will take months or years is impossible to say; how many peaceful demon…

September 15, 2014

United States
ISIS and Us: No Way To Go To War

Washington is in an ISIS frenzy.  Everywhere you turn, everything you read, every place you go, you can’t escape ISIS.  Since James Foley was beheaded on August 19, everyone in and around the Beltway…

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January 21, 2014

Diplomacy and International Institutions
In Search of “the International Community”

“The international community” is among the most commonly invoked and most frequently vilified phrases in world politics. As Tod Lindberg points out in a new CFR working paper, “Making Sense of the In…

Members of the United Nations Security Council raise their hands as they vote unanimously to approve a resolution eradicating Syria's chemical arsenal in New York

December 21, 2012

Christmas Reading

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I am looking forward to reading Gregory Johnsen’s book, The Last Refuge: Yemen, Al-Qaeda, and America’s War in Arabia over the break. My research associate, Alex…


November 4, 2011

Politics and Government
Egyptian Politics: Back to the Future

Egyptians cast their vote during a national referendum at a polling station in Cairo (Amr Dalsh/Courtesy Reuters) Over the last three weeks as I have been out on the road with my book, The Struggle …

Egyptian Politics: Back to the Future

March 3, 2011

United States
The Blame Game

The lobby of the CIA Headquarters Building in McLean, Virginia (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters) The blame game.  It’s an old inside the Beltway tradition that too often spills into the 24 hour news …

The lobby of the CIA Headquarters Building in McLean, Virginia (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters)