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April 20, 2010

Asia
Central Asia’s Little Problem of Governance

Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Vladimir Pirogov Today’s New York Times and Christian Science Monitor pretty much argue that Kyrgyzstan is coming apart at the seams.  “Security vacuum!” screams the Monito…

Central Asia’s Little Problem of Governance

November 8, 2010

United States
Egypt Week in Washington?

Last week was Egypt week in Washington.  On Tuesday, a bipartisan group of policy analysts, former government officials, and democracy advocates visited with National Security Council staff to expr…

democracy egypt turkey reform

November 29, 2010

Diplomacy and International Institutions
WikiLeaked

You have to feel a lot of sympathy for senior State Department officials today.  While the rest of us spent the Thanksgiving weekend bingeing on turkey, watching football, or scoring big discounts …

WikiLeaked

March 8, 2011

Politics and Government
Will Libya Hurt Obama in 2012?

A rebel fighter holds a Kingdom of Libya flag in a battle near Ras Lanuf on March 4, 2011. (Goran Tomasevic/courtesy Reuters) Will the administration’s slowness in responding to events in Libya hurt…

A rebel fighter holds a Kingdom of Libya flag in a battle near Ras Lanuf

June 15, 2011

China
Speaking of the SCO ...

Leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization walk during a meeting in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg June 15, 2009. Courtesy Reuters/RIA Novosti/Vladimir Rodionov/Pool. Over at another CFR blog…

Speaking of the SCO ...

September 30, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Where Do the GOP Candidates Stand on China’s Rise?

  Above the Fold. China’s rise presents perhaps the most significant challenge to American foreign policy over the next decade. Here’s one concern: China’s growing force of long-range precision mi…

China jets

September 29, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
The World Next Week: Will the Security Council Intervene in Syria?

Security Council members meet at the United Nations headquarters in New York. (Shannon Stapleton/courtesy Reuters) The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I talked about the continued pro…

U.N. Security Council members meet on the situation in Libya at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

November 3, 2011

China
Asia’s Landlocked Spaces

A Kyrgyz customs officer talks on a radio in front of workers as they reload cargo from a Chinese truck to Kyrgyz one at the Irkeshtam border crossing in southern Kyrgyzstan. Courtesy Reuters/Vladimi…

Asia’s Landlocked Spaces

December 9, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: The Iran Debate Heats Up

An Iranian military base is seen near the town of Bid Kaneh in this satellite image taken on September 9, 2011. (GeoEye via Google Earth/ISIS/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. The political debate o…

military base is seen near the town of Bid Kaneh, in Iran, in this satellite image taken on September 9, 2011, and released by the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) to Reuters on December 2, 2011. ISIS released a commercial satellite image of the military compound where a large explosion occurred on November 12, 2011. Compared to an earlier picture of the site as shown here, an image taken on November 22, 2011 shows that most of the buildings on the compound appear extensively damaged. MANDATORY CREDIT - GEOEYE REUTERS/GeoEye via Google Earth/ISIS/Handout

December 8, 2011

Elections and Voting
The World Next Week: How Will Gingrich Fare in Des Moines?

Iowa's State Capitol building in Des Moines. (Courtesy the State of Iowa) The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the upcoming GOP debate in Iowa, Iraqi Prime Minister No…

Iowa’s State Capitol building in Des Moines.