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February 1, 2018

Somalia
A girl participates in a street parade in Hargeisa to celebrate Somaliland's self-declared independence. Somaliland: The Horn of Africa’s Breakaway State

The would-be independent state strikes a contrast with Somalia as a place of relative peace and democratic stability, but international recognition has remained out of reach.

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.

September 30, 2016

Economics
Podcast Martha Chen Roundtable - Informal Economy - RTX1QJYH .jpg A Conversation with Martha Chen

Martha Chen addressed the overrepresentation of women in the informal economy and the challenges they face – including low earnings and lack of social protections, which reinforce the cycle of povert…

December 28, 2017

United States
Kohl 1989 Ten World Figures Who Died in 2017

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2017 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…

January 30, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Maiduguri Relief Musings About Nigeria’s Boko Haram and Maiduguri

Maiduguri is the capital of Borno state and is the metropole of northeastern Nigeria. It has a federal university and an international airport, co-located with a Nigerian air force base. On the edge …

September 7, 2017

Global Governance
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on  June 1, 2017. A Sputnik Moment for Artificial Intelligence Geopolitics

Vladimir Putin's back-to-school announcement to Russian students highlighted the geopolitical implications of artificial intelligence (AI).

February 17, 2012

United States
weekendreading 02172012 this one Weekend Reading: Syria’s Seas, Treaty Troubles?, and Musings on the Maghreb

Soner Cagaptay reflects on what it might take to get Russia to back the Syrian opposition. Zvika Krieger writes on The Atlantic about the debate on cutting U.S. aid to Egypt and what that might mean…

February 27, 2017

Saudi Arabia
BP02272017 Should the U.S. Maintain its Alliance With Saudi Arabia? Unfortunately, We’re Stuck With Them

Our unhappy marriage with Saudi Arabia will probably endure—because the Saudis can’t be trusted on their own.

October 2, 2005

Europe
Germany 1, France 0? Plus some musings about the politics of globalization

I agreed with a lot of what Fareed Zakaria wrote about Germany - certainly I would agree that Germany has done a lot more reform than France over the past few years.Compare Germany with France. In Ge…