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October 20, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
Iran’s Protesters Want Khamenei Gone. Who Is Iran’s Supreme Leader?

Many in Iran’s women-led protests are calling for the removal of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and an end to the Islamic Republic. Here’s what to know about Iran’s top political and religious authority.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei gestures and speaks in to a microphone while seated. The Iranian flag is seen behind him.

September 23, 2022

Iran
The Islamic Republic’s Power Centers

Who calls the shots in Iran on economic policy, security, and domestic calls for reform? A look at the government’s organization chart indicates how complicated the answer is.

Close up of Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei giving an address

August 29, 2022

Diamonstein-Spielvogel Project on the Future of Democracy
Saving Democracy in Tunisia

In Tunisia, President Kais Saied's consolidation of power and embrace of autocratic measures threaten the lone remaining success story of the Arab Spring. The Biden Administration should move from rh…

October 18, 2022

China
Washington Raises Stakes in War on Chinese Technology

New U.S. sanctions are in some ways more restrictive than Cold-War era controls.

Semiconductor device at Semicon China.

September 26, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
Waiting for Thermidor: America’s Foreign Policy Towards Iran

The Islamic Republic of Iran may be on an accelerated schedule for revolutionary decay, at least if compared to the USSR.

A member of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps waves the Iranian flag

October 31, 2022

China
China’s Growing Attempts to Influence U.S. Politics

China appears to be increasingly interfering in U.S. elections through intensive lobbying, control of foreign media outlets, and sophisticated disinformation campaigns.

A screen displays a CGTN broadcast of Xi Jinping giving a speech.

October 28, 2022

United States
China, the United States, and Taiwan

[Editor’s note: This was an address to the conference on “PRC’s Power Shift and Governance” sponsored by the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) and organized by the Chinese Council of Advanced Policy Stu…

October 4, 2022

Monetary Policy
As Global Recession Looms, a Perilous Moment for Central Banks

Many central banks are navigating turbulent waters as they battle inflation, a strengthening dollar, and an energy crunch. Should they coordinate policy?

People walk past a sign outside a currency exchange office in London.

October 17, 2022

Immigration and Migration
Border Enforcement Won’t Solve the U.S. Migrant Crisis

When the U.S. Border Patrol tallies the arrests of those illegally crossing the border with Mexico in the past fiscal year, which finished at the end of September, the numbers will shatter a two-deca…

Border Patrol agent in Eagle Pass, Texas

November 10, 2022

Elections and Voting
Making Sense of Midterm America

The midterm elections will have ramifications for U.S. foreign policy.

People cast their ballots at Northern High School on November 08, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan