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Jun 20, 2017

Peacekeeping
Female Philippine peacekeeping force UN Peacekeeping: Where Are All the Women?

The following is a guest post by Megan Roberts, associate director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Next week Antonio Guterres w…

Sep 19, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
Realism and Democracy

A personal story of the development of U.S. human rights policy in the last forty years and an argument, both "realist" and principled, for supporting the expansion of democracy in the Middle East.

May 23, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Robert Mugabe on a panel at the World Economic Forum. Health Watch: Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe

South African media is reporting that Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, 93, has “worsening health problems.” Apparently, his wife Grace “is in a quandary: she has to deal with Mugabe’s health challen…

Jul 10, 2017

Cybersecurity
The Pentagon On Information Sharing: Once More, With Feeling

Cybersecurity experts have been talking about information sharing for twenty years. Time to actually do something about it.

May 15, 2017

Global Governance
Delegates protesting against the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement hold up signs. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) When America fails to lead, the whole world suffers

Coauthored with Megan Roberts, associate director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Today US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is …

May 15, 2015

Kurds
The Time of the Kurds The Time of the Kurds

The Kurds are one of the world’s largest peoples without a state, making up sizable minorities in Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey. Their history is marked by marginalization and persecution. This InfoG…

Mar 17, 2016

Wars and Conflict
Syria’s Civil War Syria’s Civil War and the Descent Into Horror

Protests in Syria have descended into a civil war, giving rise to Islamic State militants and an outpouring of refugees and defying attempts at resolution.

Jan 16, 2015

Taliban
The Taliban InfoGuide The Taliban

The Taliban has outlasted the world’s most potent military forces and its two main factions now challenge the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan.  As U.S. troops draw down, the next phase of con…

Mar 20, 2014

Arctic
The Emerging Arctic The Emerging Arctic

The northern reaches of the planet are melting at a pace few nations can afford to ignore, yielding potentially lucrative returns in energy, minerals, and shipping. But debate is mounting over whethe…

Jun 6, 2017

Intelligence
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management  gives out security clearances to government employee and contractors. Why I Have Nothing to Say About the NSA Leak

Emails from reporters started coming in last night. Could I comment on the leaked National Security Agency (NSA) report on Russian interference in the election?  The short answer was no. The re…