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January 26, 2018

Indonesia
Mattis-Indonesia-1.22.2018 Secretary of Defense Mattis’s Trip to Southeast Asia: A Few Thoughts

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis traveled to Southeast Asia this past week, and during his first stop in Indonesia signaled a desire to improve strategic aspects of the U.S.-Indonesia relationship inc…

November 3, 2015

Immigration and Migration
Interview with Jim Zirin - LAM Interview with Jim Zirin

Last week, I had the pleasure of joining Jim Zirin on "Conversations in the Digital Age" to discuss U.S. immigration and the U.S.-Mexico relationship. Recently aired, you can watch the interview here.

January 16, 2018

Egypt
BP01162018 Is War About to Break Out in the Horn of Africa? Will the West Even Notice?

Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia are close to armed conflict over a Nile dam project; so far the United States is ignoring them.

January 17, 2018

U.S. Congress
Royce-Africa-Powell-Congress Ed Royce, Champion of Africa in the U.S. House, Will not Run for Reelection

This is a guest blog post by Anthony Carroll. Anthony is founding director of Acorus Capital, a private equity fund investing in Africa, and a vice president of Manchester Trade Limited, an internati…

June 22, 2012

Trade
The Manhattan headquarters of Morgan Stanley, who received a ratings downgrade of two notches from Moody's (Andrew Burton/Courtesy Reuters). Morning Brief: Moody’s Downgrades Large Banks

Rating agency Moody’s Investors Service downgraded fifteen of the world’s largest banks by assets, including five of the six largest U.S. banks (Reuters). A Moody’s managing director explained: “All …

January 8, 2018

China
China's President Xi Jinping is shown on a screen during the fourth World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China, December 4, 2017 Year in Review: Chinese Cyber Sovereignty in Action

2017 was a year of great energy and activism for China in cyberspace, with the Chinese leadership pushing on three interconnected fronts: information control; cybersecurity; and international norms a…

January 3, 2018

North Korean Nuclear Program
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.

December 29, 2017

Rohingya
Rohingya refugee women cry while crossing the Naf River with an improvised raft to reach to Bangladesh in Teknaf, Bangladesh, November 12, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain The Top Ten South Asia Stories of 2017

As 2017 comes to an end, it’s time to assess which stories from South Asia had the most impact. By this I mean which events or ongoing developments shaped a country or the South Asian region, or had …

December 28, 2017

Global Governance
Angela Merkel, Donald J. Trump, and Emmanuel Macron during a family photo at the G7 Summit in Sicily, Italy on May 27, 2017. Year One of America First: Global Governance in 2017

Coauthored with Anne Shannon, former intern in the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. After President Donald J. Trump’s election last fal…

December 19, 2017

Trump Foreign Policy
U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands as he holds a bilateral meeting with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi alongside the ASEAN Summit in Manila, Philippines November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst More Prominence for India and the Indo-Pacific in the U.S. National Security Strategy

The Donald J. Trump administration has released its National Security Strategy (NSS). Media attention and analysis of the document has rightly highlighted the prominence of Russia and China, identifi…