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March 27, 2018

Russia
Russian flag flies over Seattle consulate. What’s Next for Russia’s Relations With the West?

The expulsion of Russian diplomats by more than twenty governments is a remarkable show of unity and a deepening of Moscow’s rift with the West.

August 31, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Senator-Coons-West-Africa-CODEL Codel to West Africa

With the exception of U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Halley, the Trump administration has shown little interest in Africa. It has been very slow to make Africa-related appointments: there is still n…

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 …

May 1, 2017

Russia
National flags of Russia and U.S. fly at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow Russia and the West

Two weeks ago, the Council on Foreign Relations hosted its annual Hauser Symposium. The topic was timely: Russia and the West. The symposium kicked off with a fascinating discussion on the state o…

May 24, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Boko-Haram-Attacks-Maiduguri Boko Haram Faction Reportedly Collecting "Taxes" in Northeast Nigeria

The al-Barnawi faction has reportedly sought to win the people of the Lake Chad basin over by creating an economy—which can then be taxed—by providing certain incentives and financial and material support.

May 24, 2018

North Korea
Cognitive Bias and Diplomacy with North Korea Cognitive Bias and Diplomacy with North Korea

Sungtae (Jacky) Park is a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations. A version of this piece was first published on CSIS PacNet here. As the top-level summit between the United Sta…

May 18, 2018

Niger
Niger-La-David-Johnson-Tongo-Tongo-Funeral U.S. Taking Steps to Reduce Vulnerability in Africa in Wake of Tongo Tongo Ambush

AFRICOM is taking these steps following an extensive investigation of the ambush and death of four U.S. troops in western Niger in October 2017. Coming out of the investigation is public acknowledgement for the first time that there were ten additional attacks on U.S. troops in West Africa from 2015 to 2017.

May 18, 2018

Foreign Aid
Pepfar HIV testing PEPFAR’s Impact on Global Health Is Fading

During its fifteen years, PEPFAR has become one of the most important global health initiatives ever launched. However, its influence is fading, threatening the global fight against HIV/AIDS as the s…

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

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…