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May 17, 2018

Burundi
https://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFKCN1IH1YI-OZATP Burundi's Vote Could Keep Nkurunziza President Until 2034

Burundians are at the polls today to vote in a referendum on constitutional amendments that would, among other things, change the country’s rules around term limits.

May 16, 2018

Malaysia
Mahathir_5.12.2018 The Strategic Implications of Malaysia’s Election Stunner

By Richard Javad Heydarian Malaysia’s recent national election was a stunner for many reasons. Not only did the election return a nonagenarian to power, but it also ended the six-decades-long on…

May 16, 2018

Israel
Gaza and Hamas

This is a painful week to be a leader of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas--and a much worse week to be living under its rule. Israel left Gaza in 2005, and in 2007 Hamas seized control by ove…

May 8, 2018

China
Disaggregating the Fall in China's Current Account Surplus Since 2007 Disaggregating the Fall in China's Current Account Surplus Since 2007

China's current account surplus is almost certainly about $100 billion larger than officially reported, and the falling current account surplus masks a persistent manufacturing surplus.

May 4, 2018

Iran Nuclear Agreement Nuclear Agreement
President Trump speaks about the Iran nuclear agreement at the White House in October 2017. How Sanctions Decision Could Jeopardize the Iran Agreement

Iran could restart aspects of its nuclear program if President Trump declines to renew sanctions waivers this month, leaving major powers with few options for monitoring or restricting it.

April 30, 2018

North Korea
Vehicles carry missiles during a military parade in Pyongyang. North Korea’s Military Capabilities

Kim Jong-un has accelerated North Korea’s buildup of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, while also modernizing its large conventional force.

April 30, 2018

Cybersecurity
Books Report Watch Vol. VI: Tracking Digital and Cyber Scholarship So You Don’t Have To

In this edition: the effects of internet censorship in China, the malicious uses of artificial intelligence, and U.S. Cyber Command's strategy to achieve domain superiority.

April 24, 2018

Iran
Flames emerge from flare stacks at the oil fields in Basra, southeast of Baghdad, Iraq January 17, 2017. Energy Intelligence Briefing: Automated Warfare, Asymmetric Risks, and Middle East Conflicts

Geopolitical risk is always a major feature of global oil and gas markets, but the interplay of wars without end, powerful non-state actors, and the proliferation of new weapons technologies across t…

April 11, 2018

Germany
FB DE Germany Wants Greater Algorithmic Transparency to Fight Disinformation, But Its Approach Is Half-Baked

Germany's new coalition government wants Facebook to be more transparent about how its algorithms decide who sees what content. That might sound satisfying, but it is unlikely to stem the spread of d…

April 9, 2018

Europe
It Takes More Than Money to Make a Marshall Plan It Takes More Than Money to Make a Marshall Plan

The Marshall Plan, the historic U.S. aid initiative to speed western Europe’s recovery after World War II, is rightly legendary for its vision and accomplishments. The $13.2 billion the United St…