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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.

June 21, 2018

China
What Would Happen if China Started Selling Off Its Treasury Portfolio? What Would Happen if China Started Selling Off Its Treasury Portfolio?

Just how important have foreign inflows been to the Treasury market?  

June 19, 2018

United States
U.S. President Donald J. Trump holds a rally with supporters in an arena in Youngstown, Ohio on July 25, 2017. America First Policies Leave America Alone and Disadvantaged

Trump's rebellion against the rules-based order may give the United States more freedom of action, but it undermines the ability of the United States to influence its own future in a global era.

June 14, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
Foreign Affairs July August 2018 Cover What Kind of World are We Living In?

“Life today seems like a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying something,” writes Editor Gideon Rose in his introduction to the July/August issue of Foreign Affairs. It seems as i…

June 14, 2018

Argentina
People walk past a grafitti that reads "IMF (International Monetary Fund), never again" during a demonstration to demand jobs and social benefits in Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 1, 2018. Argentina’s IMF Package Could Trigger Ugly Blowback

Markets welcomed the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) $50 billion rescue stabilization package last week, which seems to be stabilizing the peso. But the financial umbrella will be costly. Rightly or wrongly, Argentines blame the IMF for precipitating their country's worst economic crisis. In the eyes of many voters, the mere association will damage President Mauricio Macri’s standing.

June 15, 2018

Cybersecurity
Russia flag Cyber Week in Review: June 15, 2018

This week: sanctions against Russia over malicious cyber activity, reversing the ZTE ban, and Huawei has some trouble down under. 

June 13, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Jacob-Zuma-Corruption-Tax-Evasion-SARS Zuma’s Corruption Stalls Popular Trust in South African Taxation

There are signs that South Africans are reverting to the non-payment of taxes. The Treasury estimates that half of the revenue shortfall in 2017 resulted from personal income taxes that the government had budgeted for but were not paid. In the short term, the revenue short fall is compelling Ramaphosa to raise the VAT.

June 11, 2018

Donald Trump
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to U.S. President Donald J. Trump during the second day of the G7 meeting in Charlevoix, Canada on June 9, 2018. At G7 Summit, Trump Takes a Wrecking Ball to the West

The outcome of the G7 summit suggests Trump is prepared to abandon the transatlantic relationship, and even the concept of “the West,” as pillars of U.S. global engagement.

June 8, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Spain's new Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez poses with new government members for a family photo following their first cabinet meeting. Women This Week: A Ministerial Majority

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering June 2 to June 8, was compiled with suppo…

June 8, 2018

North Korea
Six Things to Look For From the Trump-Kim Summit In Singapore Six Things to Look For From the Trump-Kim Summit In Singapore

With less than one week to go before the first-ever encounter between an American president and a North Korean leader, there is all manner of speculation about whether the historic Trump-Kim summit c…