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April 4, 2013

China
Big Data: An Interview with Kenneth Cukier and Viktor Mayer-Schonberger

Kenneth Cukier and Viktor Mayer-Schonberger, authors of the new book Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think, published last month, answered several questions on big d…

Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think (Courtesy Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin)

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

July 23, 2018

Turkey
Strongmen Die, but Authoritarianism Is Forever

This article first appeared here on ForeignPolicy.com on July 5, 2018 A few summers ago, a Turkish military officer stopped me to chat after a lecture I gave at a conference in Washington. During …

Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Voktor Orban

July 11, 2018

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
A “Value”-less Summit: What to Expect from Trump’s NATO Summit

The following is a guest post from Christopher M. Vassallo, an intern at Foreign Affairs at the Council on Foreign Relations. If you want to know how this week’s North Atlantic Treaty Organization…

U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as NATO leaders pose for a family photo at the start of the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium on July 11, 2018.

July 10, 2018

Europe
Trump’s Misguided Attack on European Unity

Trump's antipathy toward the EU overlooks America’s enduring interest in a united Europe that can serve as one pillar of an open, rule-bound international system.

Former Secretary of State George C. Marshall urging the prompt ratification of the North Atlantic Military Alliance, speaking on the second anniversary of his address at Harvard University in which he outlined the Marshall Plan for the economic recovery of Europe.

December 8, 2017

Elections and Voting
Ten Elections to Watch in 2018

Millions of people around the world voted in elections this year. The French elected Emmanuel Macron president, while South Koreans elected Moon Jae-in president. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani won …

Elections 2018

May 19, 2017

China
China’s Soft Power, Part 3: Why A Global Rise of Strongmen Won’t Boost Beijing’s Appeal

As I noted in previous blog posts, China has in recent years embarked upon a global soft power offensive. This charm offensive has included an expansion of Xinhua and other state media outlets into m…

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte prior to their bilateral meeting during the Belt and Road Forum, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China May 15, 2017.

May 20, 2016

Russia
This Week in Markets and Democracy: Walmart Bribery Case, Myanmar Sanctions, Kleptocracy Archive

Setback in Walmart Mexico Bribery Case Four years after a New York Times investigation alleged that Walmart’s board knew about and covered up bribes paid in Mexico, the chances of a civil or crimina…

Myanmar's National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi leaves after she attended as an observer for opening of the new upper house of parliament in Naypyitaw February 3, 2016. After decades of struggle, hundreds of lawmakers from Aung San Suu Kyi's camp will form Myanmar's ruling party on Monday, with enough seats in parliament to choose the first democratically elected government since the military took power in 1962 (Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun).

January 17, 2017

Turkey
Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Turkey’s Executive President

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's vision for an executive presidency promises to continue his country's slide toward authoritarianism.

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April 22, 2016

Americas
This Week in Markets and Democracy: Honduras’ Anticorruption Fight, Freedom House Report, Conflict Minerals Setback

Honduras’ New Anticorruption Fighter Takes on the President Last summer allegations that Honduran officials stole more than $200 million dollars from the social security system led to widespread pu…

A demonstrator holds a sign that reads "Out JOH", in a reference to Honduras' President Juan Orlando Hernandez, during a march to demand the resignation of Hernandez in Tegucigalpa, August 21, 2015. Thousands of protesters have been continuing demonstrations in Tegucigalpa, calling for the resignation of Hernandez over a $200 million corruption scandal at the Honduran Institute of Social Security (Reuters/Jorge Cabrera).