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Sarah Frankel

Sarah Frankel is a freelance writer based in Sydney. She previously spent 10 years as an intelligence analyst for the US Government where she focused on the UN and conflict resolution issues. She specialises in profiling world leaders and analysing leadership dynamics. Sarah holds a master's degree in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Dickinson College.

 


Articles by Sarah Frankel (17)

  • Unpacking Rudd's strategy in the race for UN chief

    Argentina's Susana Malcorra and Slovakia's Miroslav Lajcák, newcomers to the race for UN secretary-general (SG), are in New York this week for their 'informal dialogues' with the UN General Assembly. Other SG candidates — António Guterres, Vuk Jeremi?, and Igor Lukši? — were in London last week participating in a public debate. This has led many UN observers to ask, as Richard Gowan did in The Interpreter in April, 'Where's Kevin?'
  • Grace Poe: All you need to know about the frontrunner for the Philippine presidency

    With a little over a month to go until election day, four of the five Philippine presidential candidates remain locked in a tight race. The stakes are high: whoever wins on 9 May will shape the future of the Philippines’ economic transformation from the ‘sick man of Asia’ into a ‘rising tiger’ and the country’s South China Sea policy. The current frontrunner is Grace Poe, an untested Senator with movie-star parents, who recently won a legal battle affirming her eligibility to run.
  • Everything you need to know about the UN secretary-general race (part 2)

    As discussed in part 1 of this series, this year’s UN Secretary-General (SG) race is well underway with a public nomination process for the first time ever, the Eastern European Group claiming it is next in line for the post, and civil society strengthening its calls for the first female SG.  Now we’ll take closer look at the contenders themselves, many of whom boast strong diplomatic credentials, including several with deep UN expertise and multilateral leadership experience.  The field is like
  • Everything you need to know about the UN secretary-general race (part 1)

    The first part of this series outlines how the race is run, who is agitating, and what their interests are. Part 2 will handicap the field of early secretary-general contenders, from a 39 year-old Montenegrin wunderkind to Australia's own Kevin Rudd. Eurasia Group's Ian Bremmer recently warned about the absence of global leadership, claiming that we've reached a 'G-zero world' in which global caucus members don't share political or economic values or a common vision for the future.
  • Everything you need to know about the UN secretary-general race (part 1)

    The first part of the series outlines how the race is run, who is agitating, and what their interests are. Part 2 will handicap the field of early secretary-general contenders, from a 39 year-old Montenegrin wunderkind to Australia's own Kevin Rudd. Eurasia Group's Ian Bremmer recently warned about the absence of global leadership, claiming that we've reached a 'G-zero world' in which global caucus members don't share political or economic values or a common vision for the future.
  • Tsai Ing-wen: Taiwan's presidential frontrunner brings steady hand to turbulent politics

    Opinion polls leading up to Taiwan's 16 January elections continue to show the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) — the opposition party that favours greater Taiwanese autonomy from China — with a sizable lead, and some in the international media are warning that a DPP victory could upend cross-Strait relations. Few, however, are focused on the likely next president of Taiwan herself.
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