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The Challenge for China's Lungs

A study recently released by Berkeley Earth made for sobering reading. The authors find that air pollution contributes to 1.6 million deaths a year in China, about 17% of deaths in the country. Coal burned to supply power to China'sShow More Summary

Conflict of Interest: The Unholy Matrimony of Politics and Business Deals in Kenya

The firestorm caused by President Uhuru Kenyatta's unconfirmed trade deal with Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni is discussed to in my book "Wuodha: My Journey from Kenya to these United States": The unusually strong and incestuous relationship between political power and wealth in Kenya. Show More Summary

Is Erdogan 'Wagging the Dog' Against the Kurds in Turkey?

In 1997, the movie Wag the Dog told the tale of an American President who created a fictitious war against Albania to distract from domestic scandals, ensuring reelection. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan must have seen it, as he's following the same script against the Kurds in order to boost his party's flagging fortunes. Show More Summary

The Perilous Change in Darfur's Demography

The debate about whether or not Darfur (Sudan) was the site of genocide long ago flamed out, largely because the issue became excessively politicized and the world--in general--no longer cared about how we referred to continuing ethnically-targeted destruction in Darfur. Show More Summary

Khamenei's Calculated Game: He Has Not Signed the Nuclear Deal-Tactical and Strategic Policy

Unlike the former Iranian Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei rarely puts himself in a position of responsibility for crucial issues (with regard to domestic or foreign policy issues). Since Mr. Khamenei is the final decision maker...Show More Summary

Ukraine's Push for Independence

Note: Our accounts contain the personal recollections and opinions of the individual interviewed. The views expressed should not be considered official statements of the U.S. government or the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training. Show More Summary

Why We Have New Greek Elections, Why Tsipras Will Win, and Why It All Doesn't Matter Too Much.

Never a dull moment in Greece. A summer full of drama, ultimately, and predictably, ended in a third Greek bailout that virtually no one really supported, but almost everyone nevertheless voted for. Outgoing Greek Prime Minister Alexis...Show More Summary

A demi-mot: Hints

A very serious illness threatens French society as a whole. Without anyone noticing, it creeps in slowly, subtly, everywhere. Soon it will have wrought so much harm that the consequences will be irreversible. This illness - seemingly...Show More Summary

In Europe, a moment of truth at last

If he does succeed in implementing it, this will undoubtedly be the most important project of his term of office. If he fails, it will be remembered as an unsuccessful rendezvous. For it will then have marked the start of the dismantling...Show More Summary

The worst train stations in the world

A few years ago, I denounced right here (L'Express) Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris as the world's worst airport, and today it is a double pleasure to see the significant results that were achieved in the quest for a solution...Show More Summary

Who Is Afraid of Mauritanian Mohamed Cheikh? It Is About Slavery Not the Prophet!

You probably did not hear about his case. And if you did, his fate may not have mattered much to you. His name is difficult any way! Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir. How do you pronounce such a name? And his country? Mauritania! Among the poorest in the Middle East and North Africa. Show More Summary

Crossing the channel

No one can say they were taken by surprise by the Calais crisis: it is nothing more than another manifestation of Europeans' dismay over the consequences of population movements that they face today. And, more broadly, faced with the impossibility of leaving the European construction where it is. These population movements did not arise recently. Show More Summary

The Crisis, Act 2

I said that there was the threat of a new global economic crisis while revealing the warning signs, which caused sniggering. The analysis is even truer today: the world is getting closer to a major economic disaster. And yet, nobodyShow More Summary

Singapore, a positive model of society

On August 9, Singapore celebrated 50 years of statehood. And no one would doubt the extraordinary success enjoyed by this country. The current Dean of the National University of Singapore, former ambassador to the United Nations, the...Show More Summary

Beyond What the Eyes Can See

Upon discovering I had been chosen as a short-term observer for Sri Lanka's parliamentary election on August 17, it felt like Christmas had come early. Dallas to Doha to Colombo. And then on to Jaffna for the election! When I fly to Sri Lanka from the U.S., I usually feel somewhat slow for about a week or so, but that didn't happen on this occasion. Show More Summary

Children of the World, We Are Standing Watch for You

Twenty-eight years ago this month, an indigenous woman stood in the plaza in Guatemala City, watching as the presidents of Central America walked out into the street after signing the Peace Accords that would end the civil wars in our region. Show More Summary

Playing the Long Game on Iran

The Neoconservatives, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Republicans Game the System Cross-posted with “We’re going to push and push until some larger force makes us stop.” David Addington, the legal adviser to Vice President...Show More Summary

Philippines and Japan: An Alliance Beyond History

The 70th anniversary of the end of Second World War has transformed into a critical juncture for Asia, particularly in Northeast Asia where Japan, China, and the Korean Peninsula still grapple with a traumatic past. Despite the region's...Show More Summary

Republicans Who Blame Obama Over Iran Should Recall Bush's Role

Rather than a contest between two or three viable candidates, U.S. presidential elections have historically been a referendum on the administration holding power. With at least some awareness of this fact, Republican candidates are busy...Show More Summary

This Week in World War I, August 22-28, 1915

The Eastern Front: Summer 1915 German Troops Entering Warsaw, August 1915 Notwithstanding its status as a global war, the main theater of operations in World War I was in Europe. It was on the battlefields of Europe that the war would be won or lost. Show More Summary

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