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January 16, 2018

Cybersecurity
Gorbachev-Reagan Why Are There No Cyber Arms Control Agreements?

With the emergence of a militarized cyber domain that creates the conditions for misperceptions that could lead to inadvertent conflict, why are there no cyber arms control regimes?

December 1, 2017

Rohingya
Pope Francis rides a rickshaw as he visits St. Mary’s Cathedral in Dhaka, Bangladesh December 1, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi In Bangladesh, the Pope Has Balm for Rohingya Refugees But No Answers

Earlier this week, Pope Francis visited Myanmar. During his visit there, he did not mention the word “Rohingya” publicly, despite the fact that since August 25, world attention has been focused on th…

October 27, 2017

United States
The 2014 Dollar Rise is no Longer Impacting U.S. Trade The 2014 Dollar Rise is no Longer Impacting U.S. Trade

One reason why headline GDP has increased by around 3 percent (q/q, annualized) in the last two quarters is that net exports contributed positively to growth. Not in any big way, but they contributed…

October 27, 2017

Kenya
Kenya-Nairobi-Election-Kenyatta-Odinga Low Turnout, Protests, and No End in Sight for Kenyan Election Crisis

New elections in Kenya are facing real problems, including low turnout, legal challenges, and protests. How will Kenyatta and Odinga respond?

June 17, 2017

Human Rights
Trump Si, Castro No

Congratulations to President Trump for a serious (though not total) reversal of the terrible Obama policy toward Cuba. Why? Because the Obama policy was values-free, granting all sorts of advantag…

October 10, 2017

Energy and Climate Policy
An oil rig drilling a well at sunrise near Midland, Texas. (REUTERS/Reuters Staff) No, Tax Breaks for U.S. Oil and Gas Companies Probably Don’t Materially Affect Climate Change

Last week, the journal Nature Energy published an article from scholars at the Stockholm Environment Institute arguing that the tax breaks given to oil companies by the U.S. government could lead to …

August 8, 2017

South Africa
Zuma-No-Confidence-South-Africa-ANC South Africa’s Jacob Zuma Survives No-Confidence Vote (Again)

President Jacob Zuma survived the August 8, opposition-instigated no-confidence vote in the National Assembly, this time by secret ballot and by a narrow margin. There were 177 votes in favor of the …

April 18, 2017

Politics and Government
Zuma Parliament No Confidence Vote Postponed in South Africa

Speaker of the South African National Assembly Baleka Mbete has postponed the date for a vote of no confidence in the government of Jacob Zuma from April 18 to early May. The delay was caused by the …

September 25, 2012

United States
No Bilats

President Obama is at the UN General Assembly today and the total number of foreign leaders with whom he is meeting is zero. These private meetings between two leaders are known as "bilats," short fo…

March 15, 2017

United States
Capital Is No Longer Flowing Uphill Capital Is No Longer Flowing Uphill

So report Emine Boz, Luis Cubeddu, and Maurice Obstfeld of the IMF —the net financial outflow from emerging markets that characterized the pre-crisis global economy is no more. Capital isn’t exactly …