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October 30, 2014

The 2014 Nuclear Security Summit – the third installment of a global effort to prevent nuclear terrorism – hosted by the Netherlands concluded in March with meaningful outcomes thwarting terrorist access to the building blocks for a nuclear bomb. The United States will host the fourth, and likely the last, Summit in 2016. To prepare for it, top officials from 50+ Summit participating countries will gather in Washington, DC near the end of October to further advance the global nuclear security ag...

October 30, 2014

Volume two is finally here, complement the most important work of political thought in at least a generation. Taking up the essential question of how societies develop strong, impersonal, and accountable political institution, Fukuyama follows the story from the French Revolution to the so‐called Arab Spring and the deep dysfunctions of contemporary American politics. He examines the effects of corruption on governance, and why some societies have been successful at rooting it out.

This blog has been cross-posted from the Tulane University Center for Inter-American Policy & Research.

At a recent event in San José co-hosted by CIAPA,the newly elected president of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís, presented his vision of a foreign policy for his administration.  One may question the relevance of the subject for such a tiny player in the global sphere, with only 52,000 square kilometers, four million inhabitants, and no army.  But the fact of the matter is that the country has...

October 16, 2014

Track-Two Diplomacy Toward an Israeli-Palestinian Solution, 1978– 2014 is an important insider account of the negotiating sessions and internal policy and strategy debates during the thirteen-year process that led to the September 1993 Oslo Accords. Signed on the White House lawn in the presence of Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat, the treaty was a landmark occasion followed shortly thereafter by the unraveling of the Israeli-Pales...

Many saw Chinese President Xi Jinping’s decision to skip the upcoming “Climate Summit 2014” in New York as a blow to hopes that the UN-organized meeting would “galvanize and catalyze climate action.” China is the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter.

Expectations for Xi’s participation had been high; in 2009, Hu Jintao, Xi’s predecessor, used a similar UN climate change summit in 2009 to unveil China’s goal to cut the country’s carbon intensity by 40-45% by 2020, compared with 2005.

Xi might not...

When Jeffrey Singer, former President of the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC), sat down with senior Dubai-based executives from 15 of the world’s largest banks for a breakfast meeting a few months ago, he asked them a simple question: “what is on your mind?”

The answer was unanimous: Africa.

“They were all pursuing deals in Africa, and all wanted to know how we could support them,” Singer said. “They see significant deal flow in Africa, in mining, agriculture, infrastructure, telecommun...

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