7/14/2016, John Washington

Global Exit Right: Brexit Signals the Latest Travel Trend

Global Exit Right: Brexit Signals the Latest Travel Trend

In 2012, when I was ordered out of Mexico for over-extending a student visa, I took a quick trip to Guatemala, flashed my United States of America passport at a guard, paid a one-peso fee, and clacked through a turnstile. In the shadow of the bridge I had just walked over, inner tube rafts loaded… more

6/10/2016, Brookings Instition

Ottoman Empire Was a 'Mosaic of Pluralism'

Ottoman Empire Was a 'Mosaic of Pluralism'

The Brookings Doha Center hosted an event on May 23, 2016, which examined religious pluralism in the Middle East. Nicolas Pelham, a correspondent on Middle East Affairs for the Economist magazine, discussed his recent book, Holy Lands: Reviving Religious Pluralism in the Middle East. He was joined by Abdelwahab el-Affendi, head of the politics and… more

4/26/2016, Nicolas Pelham

ISIS and Iraq's Shia Revival

ISIS and Iraq's Shia Revival

“We’re ridding the world of polytheism, and spreading monotheism across the planet,” an ISIS preacher recently said in a video recording. Behind him one could see the ISIS faithful using sledgehammers, bulldozers, and explosives to destroy the eighth-century-BC citadel of the Assyrian king Sargon II at Khorsabad, ten miles northwest of Mosul in northern Iraq, and the colossal statues of… more

4/21/2016, Nicolas Pelham

Back to Pluralism in the Middle East

Back to Pluralism in the Middle East

President Obama is visiting Saudia Arabia today. Nicolas Pelham, The Economist's Middle East affairs correspondent who has covered the Arab region for New York Review of Books, BBC, Financial Times, and the author of Holy Lands: Reviving Pluralism in the Middle East, talks about the destruction unleashed in the Middle East by European nationalism and need to… more

4/19/2016, Nicolas Pelham

Obama Can Nudge Saudis Toward Pluralism

Obama Can Nudge Saudis Toward Pluralism

When President Obama goes to Riyadh on Thursday, he should meet not just the Al Sauds, but the Saudis the rulers deem politic to hide under a bushel. If he does so, he will discover a country which defies the western stereotype of a bland killjoy state, and away from the religious police preserves as variegated… more

4/7/2016, Tamara J. Walker

Zika Will Likely Hurt Tourism. That Might Not Be a Bad Thing.

Zika Will Likely Hurt Tourism. That Might Not Be a Bad Thing.

Since the first case of the mosquito-borne Zika virus was reported in Brazil, in May 2015, the South American country has seen an unprecedented rise in cases of children being born with microcephaly. Zika has also begun to spread beyond Brazil’s borders to other parts of Latin America and the Caribbean, resulting in what the… more

4/5/2016, Jacob Kushner

Is Latin America’s China Boom Even Bigger than Africa’s?

Is Latin America’s China Boom Even Bigger than Africa’s?

When Europeans began arriving in the New World at the end of the 15th century, they used the region to source silver, gold, coffee, and wool. Today, China is the foremost trading partner with several Latin American countries, and buys oil from Venezuela, Mexico, and Ecuador; iron ore from Brazil; beef from Argentina; and copper… more

3/29/2016, Tesa Arcilla

In Brussels, An Attack Predictable and Preventable

In Brussels, An Attack Predictable and Preventable

Brussels, the capital of Belgium and the de facto capital of the European Union, was for many years synonymous with excruciating hours of EU talks that drag on only to yield watered-down compromises wrapped in legalese...

3/11/2016, Sujay Kumar

Will Sharapova Change Tennis's Doping Problem?

Will Sharapova Change Tennis's Doping Problem?

Here’s what’s supposed to happen: if a tennis player fails a drug test, he or she is expected to announce a mysterious injury, and then stay out of competition until a secret trial delivers a verdict. If found guilty, the suspension is only revealed months later. But on Monday, Maria Sharapova, the highest-paid female athlete… more

3/3/2016, Roja Heydarpour

A Tale of Two Elections

A Tale of Two Elections

Let’s play a game: Which election is it? Iran or USA? Q: Student protesters were physically shuffled out of a political rally. A: USA Q: Voter turnout was 62 percent. A: Iran Q: A photojournalist was thrown to the ground in a chokehold for straying. A: USA Q: Women doubled their presence on the political… more