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February 27, 2018

Southeast Asia
Islamist Groups Could Swing Malaysian and Indonesian Elections

After months of speculation, many signs indicate that Malaysia will hold its national elections in late April or early May. According to reports in the Malaysian press, the country’s election commiss…

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June 12, 2018

Palestinian Territories
Prince William (and the Foreign Office) in Jerusalem

I’ve written many times about the British royal family’s remarkable record of refusing to make an official visit to Israel while making scores of visits to Arab capitals. That will change in a matter…

November 10, 2018

United States
Happy 243rd Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

The Marine Corps turns 243 years-old today. On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution to create a Marine force composed of two battalions. Since then, the Marines have been …

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November 5, 2018

Southeast Asia
NLD Fares Poorly in By-Elections, Showing Its Diminishing Popularity Among Ethnic Minorities

In by-elections held in Myanmar over last weekend, Aung San Suu Kyi's ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) (at least, ruling the civilian portion of the government), won seven of the thirteen s…

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November 1, 2018

International Organizations
The IMF: The World’s Controversial Financial Firefighter

The International Monetary Fund, both criticized and lauded for its efforts to promote financial stability, continues to find itself at the forefront of global economic crisis management.

IMF Director Christine Lagarde

October 15, 2018

Economics
New Interactive Reports on Women's Economic Empowerment

Closing the gender gap in the workforce could add a staggering $28 trillion to the global GDP—yet most countries still have laws that make it harder for women to work than men. Two new CFR interactiv…

A worker during the manufacturing process for a tablet computer at a factory in Egypt.

October 11, 2018

Trade
Trump's Stimulus Trumps His Trade Policy

It is hard to think of a President more committed—at least rhetorically—to closing the trade balance than President Trump. The usual criticism of his trade policy is that it is overly focused on a si…

Trump's Stimulus Trumps His Trade Policy

October 1, 2018

United States
How Does the U.S. Spend Its Foreign Aid?

With President Donald J. Trump advocating for deep cuts to U.S. foreign aid, debate has renewed over the role of foreign assistance funds in boosting growth, promoting democracy, and saving lives.

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September 25, 2018

Monetary Policy
Good News! The Federal Reserve is Surviving the Trump Era.

Improbably, the Federal Reserve is surviving the Trump era with its integrity intact. Jerome H. Powell, the Fed chairman since February, is quietly emerging as a skilled Washington operator.

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell testifies before a Senate Banking Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing.

September 25, 2018

Pakistan
Champions for Change: Pakistan at a Crossroads

Champions for Change is a series highlighting male allies working to advance equality across the globe. In this post, Salman Sufi gives an account of journey behind Pakistan’s most radical women's em…

Pakistani women bikers participate in the "Women on Wheels" initiative, launched by Punjab's Strategic Reform Unit.