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March 23, 2018

United States
John Bolton speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon Hill, Maryland on February 24, 2017. John Bolton, Sovereignty Warrior

The president has selected the nation’s premier champion of a narrow, defensive, and ultimately self-defeating approach to the U.S. role in the world.

August 28, 2017

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Boko-Haram-Chibok-Girls-Nigeria Boko Haram Factions May Seek State Cooperation

According to conventional wisdom, the insurrection based in northeastern Nigeria and the Cameroon known as Boko Haram comprises at least three large factions, and there may well be more. One, perhaps…

June 15, 2018

Afghanistan
People take part in morning prayers in Kabul Afghan Cease-fires Could Pave Path to Peace

Overlapping, temporary ceasefires by the Afghan government, U.S.-led NATO forces, and the Taliban are signs that there is room to move toward a political dialogue to end the conflict.  

June 14, 2018

West Africa
West-Africa-Algeria-Mali-Mokhtar-Belmokhtar-Terrorism Notorious Algerian Terrorist Mokhtar Belmokhtar Could Still Be Alive

While Belmokhtar is most often associated with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), he also has close ties with other Islamist groups.

May 7, 2018

Global
International Cooperation Gets a Low Grade from Global Think Tank Leaders for the Second Year in a Row

The Report Card on International Cooperation gives a dismal C- to international efforts to mitigate the world’s most pressing problems in 2017, the same grade given for 2016. The Council of Councils—…

September 19, 2016

New Zealand
Play RTX1WNOZ_EC.jpg A Conversation With John Key

John Key outlines the importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and discuss its effects on the regional economies in the Asia-Pacific.

May 22, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Ramaphosa-US-Relations-Bad U.S.-South Africa Bilateral Relationship Faces Difficult Road Ahead

While on the UN Security Council, South Africa is likely to adopt positions on issues ranging from Iran to Palestine and Israel that will be opposed by the Trump administration. There are also tariff and trade issues that will set back the relationship.

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 7, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama stands with Sello Hatang of the Nelson Mandela Foundation during her visit in Johannesburg June 21, 2011. U.S.-South Africa Cooperation

Earlier this spring, the Stanley Foundation and the University of Pretoria jointly sponsored a dialogue on South Africa-United States cooperation. Sixteen participants (including myself) from South A…

June 21, 2018

Nigeria
Loot-Repatriated-to-Nigeria Loot From the Time of Sani Abacha Repatriated to Nigeria

Nigeria’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General Abubakar Malami said that Abuja has reached an agreement with a number of countries, including the United States, France, and the United Kingdom, for the repatriation of $500 million in looted public funds.