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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…

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.

September 18, 2017

Russia
Matryoshka dolls Bashing Facebook Is Not the Answer to Curbing Russian Influence Operations

Scapegoating Facebook is an easy way to explain the relative success of Russia's influence operations during the U.S. election in 2016. However it distracts from more fundamental questions on how ele…

January 9, 2018

Somalia
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

Somalia
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
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…

January 9, 2018

Somaliland
Somaliland-President-Musa-Bihi-Abdi-Elections-Democracy Somaliland Peacefully Elects and Swears In Another President

Recognition is on top of the agenda for the de facto independent state of Somaliland's new president, Muse Bihi Abdi. He is the third peacefully elected president since 2003.

December 22, 2017

Israel
Honor and Dishonor at the United Nations

The United States was badly outnumbered in the General Assembly. There were just 67 countries who could be said to be on “our side” in that they didn’t vote against our position. No, not this week…

December 21, 2017

Egypt
Sisi Democracy Is Not the Cure for Terrorism

Analysts have blamed Egypt’s autocracy for a recent attack that killed hundreds. But that’s not what’s motivating the violence.

December 18, 2017

United States
Trump introduces his administration's first national security strategy. Trump Security Strategy a Study in Contrasts

The president’s first national security strategy eloquently sums up the U.S. role in the world and what should be done to defend it, but much of the document is at odds with what the president himsel…