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January 8, 2004

Iran
Phillips: ’Openings Right Now’ for U.S.-Iranian Dialogue

David L. Phillips, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and the deputy director of its Center for Preventive Action, visited Iran in December. On the basis of that trip and in the afte…

January 10, 2019

Ethiopia
David Pilling's African Year in Review

He recalls the popular challenge now underway against Omar al-Bashir’s rule in Sudan; the deaths of Kofi Annan, the first African secretary General of UN, and Winnie Mandela, a flawed leader of the South African liberation movement; the highly positive emergence of the reform-minded Abiy Ahmed, the Ethiopian prime minister; and the international attention to Congolese surgeon Denis Mukwege, who won a Nobel Peace prize for his work with rape victims.

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December 20, 2017

Economics
The Phillips Curve Is Dead. Long Live the Phillips Curve!

“I am confident that the apparent disconnect between growth and inflation is a temporary phenomenon,” said ECB executive board member Yves Mersche on December 6. The “deep downturn” in the Eurozo…

The Phillips Curve Is Dead. Long Live the Phillips Curve!

May 3, 2005

Iraq
Losing Iraq

A disenchanted government insider’s take on the planning that did go on for postwar Iraq that the Bush administration willfully ignored. According to conventional wisdom, Iraq has suffered because…

April 25, 2005

Iraq
Power-Sharing in Iraq

Overview Iraq's election on January 30 was an important step in the country's political transition. Still it is essential to keep a sense of perspective. In a democracy, power is distributed am…

February 1, 2005

Turkey
Unsilencing the Past

The Turkish-Armenian Conflict has lasted for nearly a century and still continues in attenuated forms to poison the relationship between Turks and Armenians. Contact was taboo before the author brought the two sides together to explore ways of overcoming their historical enmity.

January 13, 2004

Georgia
Stability, Security and Sovereignty in the Republic of Georgia

Overview Georgia is strategically important to the United States in the war on terror and an indispensable transit point for energy supplies between Asia and Europe. Though the country’s Novemb…

May 7, 2003

Indonesia
Indonesia Commission

Overview Papua, a remote and impoverished yet resource-rich Indonesian province, is at risk of a descent into conflict that would likely destabilize the entire country. According to this report fr…

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June 26, 2019

Cybersecurity
Will the Future Bring Digital Trench Warfare Between the EU and China?

Four scenarios for the future of digital geopolitical conflicts

An attendant walks past EU and China flags ahead of the EU-China High-level Economic Dialogue at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China June 25, 2018.

June 18, 2019

Iran
The Strait of Hormuz: A U.S.-Iran Maritime Flash Point

The narrow and congested Mideast waterway has become a site of escalating U.S.-Iran tensions. Conflict in the wake of tanker attacks there could jolt global oil supplies.

Iranian sailors pass oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz