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February 6, 2018

Olympics
East Germany was a perennial powerhouse at winter games, including the 1988 Calgary games where it won gold and bronze in the women’s 1000 meters Speedskating event. The Mixed Record of Sports Diplomacy

While sports may temporarily transcend divisions in society, events like the Olympics rarely serve to advance countries’ diplomatic aims.

December 1, 2017

Russian Hacking and Disinformation
Robert Mueller Russia Investigation Russia, Trump, and the 2016 U.S. Election

Charges of foreign power interference in the U.S. presidential election have raised grave national security concerns and touched off multiple federal inquiries that could drag on for months.

January 9, 2018

Somalia
Al-Shabab in Somalia Al-Shabab

Al-Shabab remains capable of carrying out massive attacks in Somalia and surrounding countries despite a decade-long African Union offensive against the Islamist group. 

February 13, 2018

United States
FA MA 2018 Cover Walking Away From World Order: Weighing Trump’s First Year of Foreign Policy

“Nobody really knew what to expect when Donald Trump became U.S. president. Would he disrupt the status quo or maintain it? Blow himself up or escape unscathed? One year in, the answer is yes,” write…

February 9, 2018

United States
The Impact of Tax Arbitrage on the U.S. Balance of Payments The Impact of Tax Arbitrage on the U.S. Balance of Payments

I sat down with the FT's Matt Klein for an Alphachat podcast on the international provisions in the December tax reform.

November 14, 2017

United States
Global Gun Policy Comparisons U.S. Gun Policy: Global Comparisons

High-profile mass shootings in the United States in recent years have rekindled the gun control debate and raised comparisons of policies around the world.

February 8, 2018

China
China-North-Korea-Cover.jpg The China–North Korea Relationship

China is North Korea’s biggest trade partner and has leverage over Kim Jong-un’s regime, yet its policies focus more on border stability than nuclear threat.

January 24, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Obasanjo-Politics-Coalition-Movement Former President Obasanjo Excoriates Nigeria's Politics, Proposes New Path

Obasanjo’s statement is significant for its apparently clear-eyed assessment of the current state of Nigerian governance, as well as its harsh criticism of his successors, Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari. It is also indicative of the widespread reassessment of Nigeria’s political institutions now underway across the country.

January 17, 2018

China
A Few Words on China’s Holdings of U.S. Bonds A Few Words on China’s Holdings of U.S. Bonds

A primer on China reserve watching.

January 16, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
Trump-Africa-Shithole-Foreign-Policy-China-Russia African Anger Builds Over President Trump’s Racist Comments

His racist and anti-African rhetoric is likely to strengthen the hand of those in Africa that would see their countries turn away from the West and towards more authoritarian governments, like those of Russia and China.