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May 7, 2012

Defense and Security
Hello, François Hollande: President of France

Streaks are made to be broken. After seventeen years on the outside looking in, a Socialist Party candidate has finally returned to the French presidency. François Hollande defeated Nicolas Sarkozy b…

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December 16, 2013

Global
Ten Historical Anniversaries of Note in 2014

As 2013 comes to a close, here are ten notable historical anniversaries to mark in 2014.

Pictures of victims of the 1994 Rwandan genocide on display at the Gisozi memorial in Kigali. (Radu Sigheti Pictures of the Year 2004/Courtesy Reuters)

December 22, 2014

United States
Ten Americans Who Died in 2014 Who Shaped U.S. Foreign Policy

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also a time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2014 who throu…

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December 30, 2005

Economics
Things I got wrong in 2005

Alas, this list is rather long.   There is a reason why Mike Dooley ended the first segment of our Econoblog debate by noting that he had been right (and I and other worry warts had been wrong) for 2…

September 2, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Saluting General David Petraeus

Outgoing International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander General David Petraeus salutes during the change of command ceremony in Kabul on July 18, 2011. (Ahmad Masood/courtesy Reuters) Abov…

Outgoing International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander General David Petraeus salutes during the change of command ceremony in Kabul July 18, 2011. U.S. General John Allen took over the ISAF command from General Petraeus. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

August 12, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Friday File: The GOP Debate Meets Budget Math

Winthrop, Iowa. (Jessica Rinaldi/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Foreign policy took a back seat to Obama bashing and internal GOP sniping in last night’s Republican presidential debate. Rick Sant…

A farm in the town of Winthrop, Iowa. (Jessica Rinaldi/courtesy Reuters)

December 4, 2012

Japan
Matthew Marr: Two Improbable Locales for Japanese Optimism

This blog post is part of a series entitled Is Japan in Decline?, in which leading experts analyze Japan’s economy, politics, and society and give their assessment of Japan’s future. Two decades of …

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December 7, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Guest Post: Has the Kimberly Process Lost Its Sparkle?

A worker at the Botswana Diamond Valuing Company displays a rough diamond in the capital Gaborone, August 26, 2004. (Juda Ngwenya/Courtesy Reuters) My colleague, Kaysie Brown, is the interim deputy …

Guest Post: Has the Kimberly Process Lost Its Sparkle?

June 13, 2014

The World Next Week: Books to Read This Summer

The World Next Week podcast is up. This week, Bob McMahon and I took a break from our regular discussion of next week’s news to kick off the summer with some reading recommendations. We were joined b…

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April 21, 2011

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2012: Hello Gary Johnson, GOP Presidential Candidate

A worker sits on a pile of presidential campaign T-shirts for former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson at the Conservative Political Action conference in Washington on February 10, 2011. (Kevin Lamarq…

A worker sits on a pile of presidential campaign T-shirts for former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson at the Conservative Political Action conference in Washington February 10, 2011. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters)