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Connecting Histories: Decolonization and the Cold War in Southeast Asia, 1945–1962, edited by Christopher Goscha and Christian Ostermann

Connecting Histories: Decolonization and the Cold War in Southeast Asia, 1945–1962

This edited volume draws on newly available archival documentation from both Western and Asian countries to explore decolonization, the Cold War, and the establishment of a new international order in post–World War II Southeast Asia. more

Saudi King Abdullah: An Assessment

David Ottaway
King Abdullah, who died January 23 after a 10-year-long reign, was truly beloved by his people and the most highly respected leader of the Arab world. He started out as a reformer, propelling women into the all-male world of Saudi politics and sending over 100,000 Saudis abroad for higher education in hopes of speeding up the modernization of his ultra-conservative kingdom. But the Arab Spring brought an abrupt halt to the reform process and triggered a severe crackdown on all human and political rights activists. more

China, No. 1? Wake Up, America!

Kent Hughes
According to the International Monetary Fund, early in December 2014 China’s economy surpassed that of the United States, which had led the world since the late nineteenth century. Meanwhile, the United States experienced large trade deficits and an eroding industrial base. To respond, the United States must promote fair international trade rules and embrace domestic policies for public and private growth. more

Cold War Broadcasting

A. Ross Johnson and R. Eugene Parta
This e-Dossier contains translations of documents from Central/East European and Soviet archives concerning Western broadcasting during the Cold War. The documents show that the Communist regimes perceived "enemy" broadcasts as a serious threat to the systems they ruled and were prepared to take extensive countermeasures to limit the impact of the broadcasts. more

La Alianza del Pacífico: Un largo camino por recorrer hacia la integración

Adrián Blanco Estévez
A new study from the Latin American Program covering the Pacific Alliance. more

North Korea's American Allies

Brandon Gauthier
North Korea's public diplomacy was in full swing in the United States in the 1970s. Brandon Gauthier investigates North Korea's American allies inside of the so-called American-Korean Friendship and Information Center (AKFIC). more

Citizen Security in Michoacán

Kimberly Heinle, Cory Molzahn, and David Shirk
This report pays close attention to the efforts and challenges of the Mexican government and civil society to work together to establish order in Michoacán, offering important insights and recommendations for continued progress to that end. This paper is a continuation of the series "Building Resilient Communities in Mexico: Civic Responses to Crime and Violence." more

Violence and Citizen Participation in Mexico: From the Polls to the Streets

Sandra Ley
This paper provides a broad view of political participation in the midst of Mexico's current security crisis, with the goal of understanding the effects of violence on civic activism. This paper is a continuation of the series "Building Resilient Communities in Mexico: Civic Responses to Crime and Violence." more

Building Trust: Tax Compliance Issues in Poland, Russia, and Ukraine

Mary Elizabeth Malinkin; Marc Berenson
Interview with Marc Berenson, Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar, and Senior Lecturer in the Russia Institute, King’s College London, on August 27, 2014. Kennan Institute Project “Taxes and Trust: Transitioning from Coercion to Compliance in Poland, Russia, and Ukraine.” more more

Addressing the Concerns of the Oil Industry: Security Challenges in Northeastern Mexico and Government Responses

Kathryn Haahr
The December 2013 Constitutional Reform and August 2014 secondary legislation to permit private investment in Mexico’s oil and gas sector represents significant opportunities for private oil and gas companies. While overall geopolitical risk landscape in Mexico is low, cartel-related violence and other criminal activities continue to draw concern from international oil companies and other foreign investors. This paper analyzes the Mexican Government’s response to recent threats to and attacks against energy infrastructure and personnel in Tamaulipas and Veracruz. more

The Wilson Quarterly

Afghanistan

Kubra in her workshop. (Photo by Justin Sutcliffe/Polaris)

As the U.S. prepares to withdraw from the longest war in its history, a look at the lives changed, promises made, and ideas shaped by war in Afghanistan.