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September 12, 2011

Seven Best Books on 9/11 and the U.S. Response

The "Tribute in Lights" illuminates the sky over lower Manhattan on the tenth anniversary of  9/11. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters) I am in the middle of reading In Uncertain Times: American Foreign Po…


April 23, 2012

Conflict Prevention
Understanding Illicit Networks

We all know that, in recent decades, businesses have internationalized their operations like never before, but a less well-known result of globalization is that transnational criminal enterprises hav…

Police officers look on as a road roller is used to destroy confiscated pornographic DVDs and pirated publications in Xi'an

July 12, 2012

Politics and Government
The World Next Week: Clinton Meets Morsi, India Picks a President, Hungary Hosts the EU and IMF, and Somalia Struggles

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to Egypt; the Indian presidential election; the European Commission-International Monetary Fu…

Hillary Clinton on Plane

October 3, 2012

Politics and Government
Georgia’s Election Brings New Hope for Democracy

More than two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Republic of Georgia passed an important democratic milestone this week when the opposition party won the  parliamentary elections and…

Supporters of the opposition Georgian Dream coalition celebrate exit poll results in Tbilisi. (David Mdzinarishvili/ courtesy Reuters)

December 5, 2012

United States
A Primer on Drones

Whenever I speak about the emergence of drone warfare and how it has been used for U.S. targeted killings, people react with a mix of unease, fascination, and curiosity. They also often ask for sugge…

Predator Bagram

October 18, 2013

Military Operations
You Might Have Missed: Drone Strikes, the CIA, and Polls on Syria and Iran

“Drop the Pilot,” Economist, October 19, 2013. A 2009 poll in three of the tribal agencies found 52% of respondents believed drone strikes were accurate and 60% said they weakened militant groups. O…

Afghan policemen keep watch during celebrations for Afghan New Year. (Sobhani/Courtesy Reuters)

November 21, 2013

The World Next Week: The EU and Ukraine Discuss a Trade Deal, the European Court of Human Rights Reviews France’s “Burqa Ban,” and Mali Elects Its Parliament

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the trade negotiations between the European Union and Ukraine, the European Court on Human Rights’ deliberations on France’s “burqa ban,…

Ukrainian and EU flags are displayed before a session of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on November 21, 2013 (Gleb Garanich/Courtesy Reuters).

December 5, 2013

The World Next Week: IAEA Inspectors Visit Iran, Protests Continue in Ukraine, and Biden Wraps Up His Asia Trip

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections of the heavy water research reactor in Arak, Iran, surging protests in Ukraine…

The heavy-water reactor site in Arak, Iran in 2011 (ISNA/Hamid Forootan/Courtesy Reuters)

December 30, 2013

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Remembering Ten World Figures Who Died in 2013

Last Thursday, I wrote about ten Americans who died in 2013 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy through their vision, service, intellect, or courage. Below are ten world figures who died in 2013. Ea…

The sun sets over Clifton Beach in Cape Town, South Africa. (Mike Hutchings/Courtesy Reuters)

January 24, 2014

The World Next Week: Previewing Obama’s State of the Union Address

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed President Obama’s upcoming State of the Union address. [audio: http://www.cfr.org/content/publications/media/editorial/2014/20140123_TW…

U.S. president Barack Obama delivers his 2013 State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters)