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July 15, 2013

The Implications of China’s Economic Slowdown

News of a credit crunch and broader economic slowdown in China once again raises the question of how that country’s evolving economy might affect its political trajectory. The traditional view of mod…


December 6, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Good Books

The annual prizes for the best books on the Middle East have just been awarded by the Washington Institute for Middle East Policy. I served as a juror and highly recommend all three winners. The anno…

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Excerpt: Pathways to Freedom

Read an excerpt of Pathways to Freedom.

April 20, 2016

Global Climate Policy After Paris

As countries prepare to sign the landmark Paris climate accord, the work to reduce global carbon emissions is only beginning, says CFR’s Michael Levi.

February 13, 2015

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Guest Post: The Unknown Limits of Synthetic Biology

Helia Ighani is a research associate in the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations. Since 2001, major metropolitan cities have increasingly conducted gas and chemical attac…

Synthetic Bio

January 26, 2015

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia: How Do You Know?

During one of my last semesters in graduate school, I was a teaching assistant for a course called “How Do You Know?” The goal of the class was to expose students to the way different disciplines in …

Saudi Arabia How Do You Know

July 30, 2014

Human Rights
The New "Space Race" for Civil Society and Democracy

Civil society plays a central role in securing and upholding democratic governance worldwide. However, from Egypt to Russia, authoritarian governments are reverse engineering civil society’s tactics,…

Egyptian activists accused of working for outlawed non-governmental organizations stand trial in Cairo in February 2014.

July 29, 2014

Fighting for Civil Society’s Space

A growing number of authoritarian states are banning civil society activities, raising the prospect of spreading instability that should arouse action in Washington, says CFR’s Mark Lagon.

December 3, 2013

North Korea
Challenges in Designing an Effective North Korean Human Rights Policy

There is no more vexing issue than the challenge of how to support the improvement of human rights in North Korea, a country that has consistently ranked at the bottom of international indices rating…


November 28, 2012

North Korea
South Korea’s Launch and North Korean Satellite Envy: Take Two

In a previous post from last month, I asserted that South Korea’s efforts to launch its own satellite would likely enrage North Korea, which is banned from conducting similar launches under UN Securi…