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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.

January 2, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Independence-Day-Lagos Lord Lugard Created Nigeria 104 Years Ago

Lord Frederick Lugard, in a bid to simplify his colonial duties and subsidize his northern territory with his south territory, signed a piece of paper on January 1, 1914 and created the political space that is Nigeria.

September 29, 2017

Military Operations
Play Jack Reed A Conversation with Senator Jack Reed

Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) discusses the president's approach to dealing with North Korea and Russia; Iran's compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA); and the U.S. military's stat…

November 20, 2017

China
China, Credit, and the Current Account China, Credit, and the Current Account

Arguing China’s credit growth is too high in effect is arguing that the post-crisis fall in China’s external surplus isn’t sustainable.

May 8, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
Egypt-agriculture-development-economic-foreign-aid-assistance-US New From CFR: Isobel Coleman on Aid to Egypt

On the new Ask CFR Experts feature today, I consider the question of whether the United States should continue economic aid to Egypt. "The answer," I write, "is a resounding yes." As I add, however: …

November 2, 2017

United States
Trump and Asia: Resources from CFR and Foreign Affairs

On Friday, President Donald J. Trump will start a two week trip that includes visits to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Recent resources from the Council on Foreign Relations…

June 30, 2010

Fossil Fuels
A Chilling Response to Gulf Oil Spill

The Obama administration has overreacted to the Gulf oil spill by suspending most new offshore drilling and moving to expand liabilities for future accidents, with implications for U.S. energy securi…

November 8, 2012

Development
bangladesh_millennium_development_goals_patrick_coleman New From CFR: Stewart Patrick and Isobel Coleman on the Millennium Development Goals

This week, CFR senior fellows Stewart Patrick and Isobel Coleman wrote blog posts about what should follow the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). They focus on a new report from Canada’s Center for…

June 15, 2017

Religion
Counter-protesters at anti-Sharia rally The Rise of Ethnonationalism and the Future of Liberal Democracy

I recently moderated a panel for the 2017 CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Workshop. The panel featured Jocelyne Cesari, Jack A. Goldstone, and Pankaj Mishra, and together we discussed the rise of eth…

June 6, 2017

China
ZTE Huawei Logos Beijing's Silk Road Goes Digital

Rachel Brown is a research associate in Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. The pageantry at last month’s Belt and Road Forum in Beijing highlighted the two major prongs of China’s B…