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May 17, 2010

The King

Photo courtesy of Ho New / Reuters In the Sunday New York Times, Seth Mydans and Thomas Fuller, the Bangkok correspondents, have written an insightful article on Thailand’s King Bhumibhol Adulyadej …

The King

June 22, 2011

Ten Whats With...Col. Gian Gentile

Colonel Gian Gentile. Courtesy of the Council on Foreign Relations. This is the first installment of an occasional series for Politics, Power, and Preventive Action (3PA): “Ten Whats With….”  In ea…

Ten Whats With...Col. Gian Gentile

December 12, 2011

International Organizations
Nuggets from the World Policy Conference

Austrian President Heinz Fischer makes a speech at the opening of the World Policy Conference at the historic Hofburg palace in Vienna December 9, 2011. The World Policy Conference is devoted to the …

Nuggets from the World Policy Conference

December 1, 2011

The World Next Week: Can the EU Rescue Itself?

European national flags outside of the EU Parliament in Brussels. (Francois Lenoir/courtesy Reuters) The World Next Week podcast is up. Sebastian Mallaby kindly sat in for me this week. He and Bob M…

European national flags outside of the EU Parliament in Brussels. (Francois Lenoir/courtesy Reuters)

February 21, 2012

Politics and Government
Lessons Learned: Japanese-American Internment During WWII

A new installment of “Lessons Learned” is now out. This week I discuss the signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on February 19, 1942—which set in motion the internme…

October 15, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976

Highlights from the recently-released Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume XXXVII, Energy Crisis 1974-1980 Minutes of the Secretary of State’s Staff Meeting, October 22, 1974 …


June 21, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Guest Post: Evaluating the Failed States Index and U.S. Africa Policy

This is a guest post by Asch Harwood. Asch is the Council on Foreign Relations Africa program research associate. The Fund for Peace and Foreign Policy have released their 2012 Failed States Index. …

Policemen secure the scene of a landslide at the Mathare valley slum after boulders, rocks and mud tumbled down a hillside overlooking the slum, smashing into the houses and burying the occupants in Kenya's capital Nairobi, April 4, 2012.

December 1, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Drones, Nuclear Smuggling, and Gun Violence

Craig Whitlock, “Drone Crashes Mount at Civilian Airports,” Washington Post, November 30, 2012. In Djibouti, five Predators have crashed since the Air Force began ramping up drone operations there t…


September 24, 2012

Not Time to Fully Reengage With the Myanmar Military

As Aung San Suu Kyi travels the United States, and President Thein Sein arrives for the United Nations General Assembly, U.S. relations with Myanmar are expanding at a pace so rapid no one would have…

Soldiers patrol through a neighbourhood that was burnt during this summer's violence in Sittwe, Rakhine State.

October 5, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Mo Ibrahim Foundation Honors Archbishop Tutu

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation announced on October 4 that it is making a “one-off extraordinary award” of U.S. $ 1 million to Desmond Tutu, the retired archbishop of Cape Town, “in recognition of his lif…

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Chairman of The Elders, listens to Aung San Suu Kyi, General Secretary of the National League for Democracy who was speaking over a monitor from Myanmar, during a discussion regarding humanitarian leadership at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, September 21, 2011.