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April 17, 2019

Genocide and Mass Atrocities
By Any Other Name: Thoughts on U.S. Genocide Determinations

The history of the Genocide Convention stretches back more than seventy years, yet much work remains to be done to prevent and respond to atrocities. 

A person holds a candle during a night vigil and prayer at the Amahoro Stadium as part of the 25th commemoration of the 1994 genocide, in Kigali, Rwanda, on April 7, 2019.

June 11, 2018

Southeast Asia
Cambodia’s Election is Pre-Determined, but What Happens Afterward?

In the run-up to Cambodia’s national elections, due in July, Prime Minister Hun Sen has taken no chances of an upset, of a political shocker similar to the opposition win in Malaysia in early May. Ju…

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June 8, 2018

Asia
A Counterpoint: Why the Location of the Trump-Kim Summit Won't Determine the Outcome

By Hunter Marston Many analysts have noted the advantages Singapore provides as a setting for the upcoming summit between U.S. President Donald J. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. As Jos…

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April 14, 2011

Japan
Japan's Great Earthquake: Societal Resilience and Determination to Reconstruct

Masaaki Shirakawa, governor of the Bank of Japan, discusses the effects the March earthquake, tsunami, and events surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant had on the Japanese economy, as…

January 14, 2015

Cybersecurity
The Futile Effort to Determine When a Cyber Incident Becomes an Armed Attack

Alex Grigsby is the assistant director for the Digital and Cyberspace Policy program at the Council on Foreign Relations.  As Adam mentioned the other day, the Sony hack highlighted the fact that ev…

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January 17, 2014

Tunisia
Weekend Reading: Saharawi Self-Determination, Press Freedoms in Tunisia, and Arabic Lessons

Matthew Vickery discusses the Saharawis, people of the Western Sahara, and their largely unheard calls for self-determination. Shaimaa Abu Elkhir says that Tunisia’s draft constitution needs stronge…

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November 18, 2007

Financial Markets
The Gulf seems determined to let everyone take a punt on a December revaluation

Note: This is Brad Setser, Not Michael Pettis The heads GCC countries will meet in early December.  They are expected to announce that the launch date of their currency union will be delayed – and pr…

November 15, 2019

Sri Lanka
Human Rights and the Sri Lankan Election

Sri Lanka will hold its presidential election on November 16. In the decade since the end of its long-running internal conflict, lack of progress on human rights, reconciliation, and accountability h…

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October 29, 2019

Oil and Petroleum Products
How Iran Can Hold the World Oil Market Hostage

Iran poses an acute threat to oil infrastructure across the Middle East, potentially allowing it to extort concessions from world powers.    

Workers at the damaged site of a Saudi Aramco oil facility.