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March 12, 2018

Haiti
Haiti’s Troubled Path to Development

Hobbled by foreign interventions, political instability, and natural disasters, the former French colony has long suffered from underdevelopment.

Two men overlook Port-au-Prince in the wake of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake of 2010.

April 8, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Coming Clean: Was Justice Served in the Ivory Coast Trial of Simone Gbagbo?

This is a guest post by Cheryl Strauss Einhorn, a journalist and adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Ivorian politics are colorful. Yet it may still surprise …

Laurent and Simone Gbagbo

December 28, 2017

United States
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2017

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2017 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…

Kohl 1989

November 22, 2010

Israel
In New Book, Authors Simon and Allin Advocate Containing Iran to Forestall Israeli Attack

As the international community’s concern over Iran’s nuclear program grows, and UN Security Council sanctions against Iran prove to be ineffective, an apprehensive Israel gets closer to launching an …

November 15, 2017

United States
John Pomfret’s “The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom” Wins 2017 CFR Arthur Ross Book Award

 November 15, 2017—Journalist John Pomfret has won the sixteenth annual Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Arthur Ross Book Award for The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, …

August 10, 2006

United Kingdom
Simon: Plane Plot May Have Been the Next "Big One"

CFR Senior Fellow Steven Simon says the plot uncovered by British authorities to simultaneously down several aircraft over the Atlantic Ocean bears all the hallmarks of al-Qaeda and suggests the grou…

June 8, 2006

Iraq
Simon: After Zarqawi Death, Iraq Violence Likely to Continue at High Levels

Steven Simon, CFR’s top expert on Middle East terrorism, says although the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi by U.S. forces may give President Bush "a boost" in political standing at home, he does not …

April 24, 2006

Iraq
Simon: Iraqi Political Shuffle Shows U.S. Still ‘Influential’ in Iraq

Steven Simon, an expert on U.S. security policy in the Middle East, who served five years on the National Security Council during the Clinton administration, says that the choosing of a new Iraqi pri…

November 6, 2017

Japan
Abenomics and the Long Legacy of the Consumption Tax Hike

Abe's consumption tax hike stalled what until then had been a demand led recovery, leading to a three year period with no growth in domestic demand. 

Abenomics and the Long Legacy of the Consumption Tax Hike

September 8, 2005

United States
Interview with Laurence Simon on offers of international aid after Katrina

After Hurricane Katrina struck the United States’ Gulf Coast, leaving an estimated $200 billion damage in its wake, countries from around the globe lined up to offer material aid, cash, and condolenc…