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October 22, 2019

Mexico
Mexico’s Drug War

Violence continues to rage in Mexico more than a decade after former President Felipe Calderon launched a crackdown on drug cartels.

A Mexican Army expert shows crystal meth paste at a clandestine laboratory in Tecate, Mexico.

October 24, 2019

United States
Election 2020: Mark Sanford, Republican Presidential Candidate

Donald Trump’s approval rating among Republican voters hovers around 90 percent. Numbers that high normally mean no primary challenge. But the Trump presidency has been anything but normal. Former So…

Mark Sanford

July 18, 2017

Politics and Government
Hedgehogs, Foxes, and Superstar Intellectuals: A Conversation with Daniel Drezner

I was joined this week by Daniel Drezner, professor of international politics at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and regular contributor to the Washington Post. Professor…

Podcast The Ideas Industry: How Pessimists, Partisans, and Plutocrats are Transforming the Marketplace of Ideas

April 15, 2015

United States
Is Operation Desert Fox a Useful Comparison for Bombing Iran?

  In an interview with the Family Research Council last week, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) described what U.S. military action against Iran’s nuclear-related facilities would entail: The president is try…

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August 13, 2019

United States
Election 2020: Beto O’Rourke, Democratic Presidential Candidate

When Richard Nixon lost California’s governor’s race in 1962, political pundits declared his dream of becoming president dead. After all, winning presidential candidates usually come off of electoral…

Beto O’Rourke

August 12, 2019

United States
Election 2020: Bill de Blasio, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Height is an advantage in presidential politics. Throughout American history, the taller of the two major party candidates has won the popular vote two-thirds of the time. That’s good news for Bill d…

Bill de Blasio

May 1, 2019

Nigeria
Conflict in Nigeria Is More Complicated Than “Christians vs. Muslims”

An article from Fox News recently called attention to the killing of Christians in Nigeria by comparing it to the deadly Easter Sunday suicide bombings of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka. According to the article, the attacks “highlight the dangers that remain from asymmetric terrorism and violence against Christians in ethnically and religiously divided societies.” However, linking these tragedies to each other and to a perceived global trend of violence against Christians mischaracterizes the nature of the conflict in Nigeria. 

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January 24, 2019

Venezuela
Venezuela: The Rise and Fall of a Petrostate

Venezuela’s descent into economic and political chaos in recent years is a cautionary tale of the dangerous influence that resource wealth can have on developing countries.

Carlos Jasso/Reuters

December 27, 2018

United States
Ten American Foreign Policy Influentials Who Died in 2018

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2018 who through…

President George H.W. Bush greets troops in Saudi Arabia during a 1990 Thanksgiving visit.

November 5, 2019

China
Securing Digital Supply Chains: A Conversation With Ajit Pai

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai discusses the potential for surveillance and espionage if equipment from Chinese telecommunications companies, including Huawei and ZTE, is u…

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