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December 29, 2016

Heads of State and Government
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2016

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2016 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…

December 2, 2016

Global
Ten Historical Anniversaries of Note in 2017

Anniversaries mark the passage of time, recall our triumphs, and honor our losses. Two thousand and sixteen witnessed many significant historical anniversaries: the seventy-fifth anniversary of Pearl…

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November 9, 2016

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Goodbye to All That? World Order in the Wake of Trump

Among its many implications, Donald Trump’s election as president calls into question the open liberal international order this country has championed and defended for more than seven decades. The ed…

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January 26, 2015

Middle East and North Africa
Women’s Rights in Saudi Arabia After King Abdullah

The death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz raises important questions about the future of the kingdom, including issues that have ripple effects around the world such as regional relati…

A woman drives a car in October 2013 in Saudi Arabia, the only country in the world where women are barred from driving. Saudi female activists are campaigning to change this rule (Courtesy Reuters/Faisal Al Nasser).

January 26, 2015

About That Netanyahu Invitation to Address Congress

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint meeting of Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, May 24, 2011. (Molly Riley/Courtesy: Reuters) Israel’s prime m…

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint meeting of Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, May 24, 2011. (Molly Riley/Courtesy: Reuters)

August 8, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: White House to Detail Automatic Budget Cuts

President Obama signed a new law requiring his budget office to provide details on how it will implement $109 billion in automatic budget cuts for January 2013 (TheHill). The law was passed unanimous…

An employee at the federal government’s printing office stacks copies of the 2013 budget (Joshua Roberts/Courtesy Reuters).

February 9, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: Deal Reached for U.S. Homeowner Relief

U.S. government officials along with five of the country's largest banks have reached an agreement to help  American homeowners (NYT) stricken by falling home values. The deal earmarks some $26 billi…

March 6, 2012

Iran
The President Degrades the Debate on Iran

At his news conference today President Obama was asked about the debate over Iran’s nuclear weapons program. The context, of course, is the AIPAC Policy Conference at which he and a number of other A…

September 23, 2011

Economics
Reads of the Week: Mexico’s Drug War Deaths and Organized Crime in Central America’s Northern Triangle

Narco Killings 2011 Map (Courtesy WM Consulting). There has been much debate in Mexico about the number of drug-related killings since the start of drug war in 2006. The Mexican government provides …

Reads of the Week: Mexico’s Drug War Deaths and Organized Crime in Central America’s Northern Triangle

May 25, 2016

You Might Have Missed: Academic Journals V

This is the fifth blog post in this series. The previous four were published in February, July, and October 2015, and January 2016, and highlight earlier academic findings.  David B. Carter, “Provoc…

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