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January 19, 2018

Russia
U.S. Must Make Election Meddling More Costly for Russia to Deter Future Attacks, Argue Blackwill and Gordon in Report

January 19, 2018—The United States has failed to elevate Russia’s intervention in U.S. elections to the national priority that it is, and it has neglected to respond to it in a way sufficient to dete…

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 …

November 9, 2017

South Africa
South-Africa-ANC-Party-Conference-2017 How South Africa’s ANC Will Choose its Next Leader

Delegates of South Africa's ANC will cast a secret ballot to determine the party's new National Executive Committee at the end of December. The front-runners for party leader are Nkosazan Dlamini-Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa.

October 13, 2017

Iran Nuclear Agreement
Kerry-Zarif-RTX22N89.jpg The Impact of the Iran Nuclear Agreement

Iran has restricted its nuclear program and given international inspectors unprecedented access, but it has not seen the economy recovery expected in the aftermath of the agreement with international…

September 21, 2017

Thailand
Thailand: Currency Manipulator? Thailand: Currency Manipulator?

The Trump Administration seems to think of currency manipulation primarily as an issue with China. But “currency” actually is a much broader issue. Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore all have bigger …

September 20, 2017

Nigeria
Biafra-Nigeria-Ozo-Onna-Kanu-Independent Biafra is Back

Tension is rising in Nigeria over secessionist claims by “Biafran” organizations in southeast Nigeria. The Nigeria Security Tracker for the week of September 9 to 15 documents significant bloodshed i…

July 27, 2017

Cybersecurity
China Go Cyber Week in Review: July 28, 2017

This week: Chinese investments in artificial intelligence, Google looking to quash a Canadian court ruling, Microsoft going after Fancy Bear, and the death of Paint.

July 26, 2017

Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico’s “Voluntary” Restructuring of GDB Bonds

Puerto Rico’s Oversight Board didn’t object to the terms of Puerto Rico’s proposed restructuring of the Government Development Bank bonds (and selected deposits) so it looks like the GDB restructurin…

May 19, 2017

Cybersecurity
An analyst looks at code in the malware lab of a cyber security defense lab at the Idaho National Laboratory Cyber Week in Review: May 19, 2017

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed: 1. WannaCry: Assessing the Damage. Countries are still reeling from a ransomware attack that c…

May 15, 2017

China
China Still Wants To Import Commodities, Not Manufactures (Judging From The "Early Harvest" Trade Deal) China Still Wants To Import Commodities, Not Manufactures (Judging From The "Early Harvest" Trade Deal)

China tends to import natural resources—oil, iron ore, soybeans and the like. Now that China has a large industrial economy, it doesn't have much choice: China wasn’t blessed with a ton of oil or gas…