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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…

August 17, 2018

Turkey
We wanted Turkey to be a partner. It was never going to work.

This article was originally published here in The Washington Post on August 17, 2018. In July, a deal to release an American minister jailed in Turkey came apart because, a White House official to…

President Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdogan

December 20, 2018

Conflict Prevention
What to Worry About in 2019

In the Preventive Priorities Survey, the Center for Preventive Action identifies the greatest risks to the United States to help mobilize attention and resources to avert potential danger. 

Ships and aircraft in the Philippine Sea

December 18, 2018

Global
Visualizing 2019: Trends to Watch

Five CFR experts highlight trends worth tracking in the year ahead.

Graphics Yearend

January 9, 2019

International Economic Policy
Time for China, Germany, the Netherlands, and Korea to Step Up

The world's surplus countries have the ability to do more to support global growth.

Time for China, Germany, the Netherlands, and Korea to Step Up

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…

January 10, 2019

Central Africa
In Africa, A New Tactic to Suppress Online Speech: Taxing Social Media

After protesters used social media apps to topple dictators during the Arab Spring, governments in Africa are adopting a new tactic to curtail their influence: taxing social media usage.

social media protest

December 19, 2018

Nigeria
Nigerian Military Conduct Should Be of Serious International Concern

The Times reports the Nigerian army’s efforts to portray the Shiite protesters as violent and posing a threat to Nigerian soldiers. At the time, army spokesmen defended their deadly response as being what President Donald Trump had told American soldiers to do in similar circumstances and they grossly underreported the number of those killed by army fire.

Nigeria-Military-Critcism-Human-Rights

December 12, 2018

Elections and Voting
Ten Elections to Watch in 2019

Millions of people around the world voted in 2018. Russian President Vladimir Putin earned his fourth term in office, though the contest was far from free and fair. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Or…

elections 2019

November 26, 2018

Cybersecurity
To Get to Zero Botnets, Don’t Wait for Governments to Lead

Contrary to what many assume, a public-private partnership to combat botnets doesn’t have to be initiated or led by the U.S. federal government.

Botnets