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April 5, 2018

Botswana
Botswana-President-Mokgweetsi-Masisi Bucking Authoritarian Trend, Botswana Welcomes Its Fifth New President

Botswana inaugurated its fifth president, Mokgweetsi Masisi, on April 1 after President Ian Khama stepped down the day before.

March 14, 2018

China
Xi Jinping stands before delegates at the closing session of the nineteenth National Congress of the Communist Party of China. The Chinese Communist Party

The Chinese Communist Party faces a host of pressing domestic and international policy issues as it transitions to a new generation of leaders.

March 12, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
China-Africa-Museveni-Xi-Uganda Axing Term Limits in China Is a Boon to Africa's Would-Be Despots

The recent move to eliminate presidential term limits in China is music to the ears of many African leaders uninterested in transitioning out of power, and a blow to emerging African governance norms.

February 21, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Ramaphosa-SONA-Zuma Renewing U.S.-South Africa Relations Under President Ramaphosa

His forthright remarks represent a paradigm shift in that country’s governance and governing principles and provides an opportunity for the United States to reengage with a strategic ally after nearly two decades of eroding relations.

February 21, 2018

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Reuters The Uncertain Future of the INF Treaty

Backgrounder examines the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which may now be imperiled by mutual suspicion between Russia and the United States.

February 12, 2018

China
The Belt and Road Initiative Didn't Quite Live up to its Hype in 2017 The Belt and Road Initiative Didn't Quite Live up to its Hype in 2017

China's balance of payments data doesn't show any material increase in the pace of offshore lending.

January 26, 2018

United States
Trump at Davos Trump at Davos: Nationalism, Globalism, and American Sovereignty

Though declaring the United States "open for business," President Trump affirmed his preference for bilateral trade. And while trying to reassure the world that "America First does not mean America a…

January 17, 2018

Palestinian Territories
Trump Gets UNRWA Right

The Trump administration has announced a large cut in U.S. payments to UNRWA, the UN agency that handles Palestinian “refugees.” The United States has been giving UNRWA about $150 million a year (for…

January 10, 2018

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
IsraelBarrierJerusalem Is Annexation of the West Bank Already Here?

My recent piece at Salon.com raised some hackles with my friend, former intern, and occasional coauthor, Michael Koplow. Michael is the policy director at the Israel Policy Forum, and he also writes …

December 15, 2017

Cybersecurity
Bitcoin Cyber Week in Review: December 15, 2017

This week: governments make money from bitcoin, status quo at the WTO, Google sort of returns to China, and absence of Russian meddling in the Brexit vote.