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May 24, 2019

United States
Remembering Those Memorial Day Honors

The United States has fought twelve major wars and a countless number of smaller skirmishes in its history. Memorial Day is how we honor the soldiers, sailors, airmen, airwomen, and marines who did n…

Memorial Day 2019

February 1, 2019

South Africa
Zondo Commission Witness Details State Capture in South Africa

In January 2018, Ramaphosa appointed a Judicial Commission of Inquiry into “state capture,” the label commonly used in South Africa for government corruption. The testimony to the Zondo Commission of Angelo Agrizzi details the extravagant bribes paid by companies to the highest level of the governing African National Congress (ANC), mostly in return for highly lucrative contracts.

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September 24, 2018

South Korea
The Pyongyang Declaration: Implications for U.S.-ROK Coordination on North Korea

The third summit between Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un, held in Pyongyang on September 18–20, resulted in the signing of two declarations designed to build on the foundations laid by the April 27 Panmu…

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un pose for photographs on the top of Mt. Paektu, North Korea.

August 24, 2018

North Korea
Global Conflict This Week: United States Appoints Special Representative to North Korea

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

South Korean soldier stands guard.

August 14, 2018

Global Governance
Rise of the Prize: Inducing Competition for the Global Good

The following is a guest post by Kyle L. Evanoff, research associate in international economics and U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. A dash of competition could be the secr…

Pilot Brian Binnie stands atop SpaceShipOne after winning the $10 million Ansari X Prize in Mojave, California October 4, 2004. The prize was awarded after SpaceShipOne became the first commercial spaceship to reach suborbit in two successful attempts.

July 25, 2018

North Korea
The End of War and the North Korean Model for Working Toward “Complete Denuclearization”

The weeks following the Singapore summit have thus far not delivered a clear public roadmap or timeline for how and when it will be possible to achieve peace or denuclearization following the Kim-Tru…

The End of War and the North Korean Model for Working Toward “Complete Denuclearization”

June 16, 2018

United Nations
The UN's Automatic Majority Against Israel is Fraying

On June 13, the United Nations General Assembly voted once again to condemn Israel, this time for its actions against Hamas in Gaza when tens of thousands of Hamas supporters and terrorists stormed t…

April 13, 2018

Kenya
Podcast: The Poor State of Kenyan Politics

The personal and political rivalry between the two leading candidates, Kenyatta and Odinga, who are Kikuyu and Luo, respectively, has more to do with election-related violence than actual, historical grievances between different ethnic groups.

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April 14, 2017

China
Myanmar–China Pipeline, Malaysian Disappearances, Japan’s Population Problem, and More

Rachel Brown, Sherry Cho, Larry Hong, Gabriella Meltzer, and Gabriel Walker look at five stories from Asia this week. 1. At last, Myanmar–China pipeline opens for business. This Tuesday, the first…

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October 14, 2016

Israel
Who Supported the Shameful UNESCO Vote on Jerusalem?

There is little to be added to the scorn rightfully shown in the United States and in Israel (which has cut all ties to UNESCO) toward the UNESCO vote this week that in essence wipes out Jewish and C…