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April 4, 2019

Nigeria
Former Director General of Nigeria’s National Intelligence Agency Arrested

On February 7,  the Federal High Court in Lagos issued a warrant for the arrest of Ayodele Oke, former director general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), and his wife Folasade following an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Just before they were due to appear in court, they apparently left the country for "medical treatment," and the Nigeria media is not reporting where they are now. The EFCC has declared the couple wanted after their failure to respond to a court summons. 

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July 18, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
Ebola Reaches DRC Border City of Two Million, WHO Responds

The recent designation of Ebola as a “public health emergency of international concern” by the World Health Organization (WHO) is a positive development in efforts to contain the disease. The decision highlights the importance of containing the disease to an international audience; the WHO’s designation is being widely carried by the international media. 

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus sits in front of a World Health Organization sign.

July 16, 2019

Ireland
Finding Ireland in the U.S. Balance of Payments Data ...

Turns out a small and very green island dominates financial flows from "other euro area countries."  Ireland's impact, of course, is a case study in the role that "trade-in-tax" plays in driving g…

Finding Ireland in the U.S. Balance of Payments Data ...

July 16, 2019

Nigeria
The Post-Presidential Legacy of Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan

Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s international reputation has improved since conceding the presidency in 2015. What does that say about democracy in the country?

Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan speaks to the media as part of the National Democratic Institute's election monitoring delegation in Liberia on December 26, 2017.

December 11, 2018

South Africa
South Africa's New Director of Public Prosecutions

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa selected Shamila Batohi to the new national director of public prosecutions (NDPP) for a single ten-year term. As NDPP, Batohi will head the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), which, as its name implies, determines who to prosecute and who not to prosecute on behalf of the state. 

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July 15, 2019

Sustainable Development Goals (UN)
Taking Stock of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

This week, representatives from UN member states meet to discuss progress on six goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  

Then UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Annual Conference of Swiss Development Cooperation in Zurich, Switzerland, on January 22, 2016.

June 27, 2019

Space
Big Bangs, Red Herrings, and the Dilemmas of Space Security

Policymakers should be careful not to focus to excess on the possibility of kinetic warfare in space.

The Small Satellite Orbital Deployer, in the grasp of the Kibo laboratory robotic arm, deploys a set of NanoRacks CubeSats.

July 3, 2019

Iran
Iran, the Strait of Hormuz, and the Ever-Complex Geopolitics of Oil

In a sign that anxiety about oil security of supply isn’t what it used to be, the Group of Twenty (G20) meeting broke up this week with no big joint statements regarding how to protect the freedom of…

Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh reacts towards journalists as he arrives for an OPEC and NON-OPEC meeting in Vienna, Austria, July 2, 2019.

July 3, 2019

North Korea
The Fissile State of International Nuclear Cooperation

Arms control and diplomacy are falling by the wayside as countries modernize arsenals and renew their focus on geopolitical competition.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Panmunjom, South Korea, on June 30, 2019.

July 16, 2019

Global Governance
Making Trade Work to Mitigate Climate Change

Trade is a critical multiplier of the fossil fuel–intensive activities that contribute to climate change. Changes to the structure of global trade governance are necessary if the worst consequences o…

A laser, operated by the environmental group Greenpeace, projects a slogan onto the 40,000 tonne coal ship Pasha Bulker June 27, 2007 as it sits about 330 feet from Nobbys Beach after running aground near the coal port of Newcastle on Australia's east coast on June 8, 2007.