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February 2, 2018

Monetary Policy
Federal Reserve The Role of the U.S. Federal Reserve

The role of the Federal Reserve has transformed in the past decade, as it has deployed trillions of dollars to boost the U.S. economy while expanding its regulatory oversight of the nation’s financia…

March 13, 2018

Middle East and North Africa
Cars pass by a poster of Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for the upcoming presidential election, in Cairo, Egypt, February 19, 2018. The writing on the poster reads: "Long live Egypt". REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany Strongmen Are Weaker Than They Look

Authoritarians are on the rise around the world, but history shows they’re mostly helpless.

November 21, 2017

Saudi Arabia
Mohammed bin Salman Saudis Are Hoping Mohammed bin Salman Will Drain the Swamp

A road trip among ordinary Saudis revealed high hopes, and hardly any worries, about the country's new political era.

March 15, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria-Aliko-Dangote-Forbes-Billionaires Sub-Saharan Africa's Billionaires

Sub-Saharan Africa Has Fourteen Billionaires, eight of whom are in South Africa and seven of whom are white.

November 28, 2016

China’s Dual Equilibria

A couple of weeks ago, Daokai (David) Li argued that the “right” exchange rate for China isn’t clearly determined by China’s fundamentals. Or rather that two different exchange rates could prove to b…

March 6, 2018

Members of al-Qaeda's Jabhat al-Nusra Al-Qaeda’s Resurrection

With the demise of the Islamic State, a revived al-Qaeda and its affiliates should now be considered the world’s top terrorist threat.

February 26, 2018

Influence Campaigns and Disinformation
Robert Mueller Russia Investigation Russia, Trump, and the 2016 U.S. Election

Charges of foreign power interference in the U.S. presidential election have raised grave national security concerns and touched off multiple federal inquiries that could drag on for months.

January 9, 2018

Al-Shabab in Somalia Al-Shabab

Al-Shabab remains capable of carrying out massive attacks in Somalia and surrounding countries despite a decade-long African Union offensive against the Islamist group. 

February 1, 2018

A girl participates in a street parade in Hargeisa to celebrate Somaliland's self-declared independence. Somaliland: The Horn of Africa’s Breakaway State

The would-be independent state strikes a contrast with Somalia as a place of relative peace and democratic stability, but international recognition has remained out of reach.

January 23, 2018

Egypt's Putinesque Election

With an election looming, the incumbent president arrests and disqualifies all possible opponents, one after another. Vladimir Putin? Yes, as we see in his treatment of Alexei Navalny. (The BBC tells…