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December 29, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and African Union Commission President Moussa Faki Mahamat attend a media conference on the G5 Sahel. G5 Sahel: An African (and French) Solution to an African Problem

The coalition may be an example of that elusive goal: an African solution to an African problem. It was created by five different governments that appear committed to meeting the challenges of military cooperation and coordination.

December 15, 2017

United States
world events 2017 Ten Most Significant World Events in 2017

Last year a lot of people were asking if 2016 was the worst year ever. (It wasn’t.) I haven’t seen anyone making similar claims about 2017, but that doesn’t mean that this year didn’t produce its sha…

December 1, 2017

Political History and Theory
British soldiers marking the anniversary of the armistice that ended WW1. Ten Historical Anniversaries of Note in 2018

Anniversaries mark the passage of time, recall our triumphs, and honor our losses. Two thousand seventeen witnessed many significant historically anniversaries: the centennial of the U.S. entry into …

November 23, 2017

Saudi Arabia
The Saudis and Israel--Again

There have been many signs that Saudi official attitudes toward Israel are changing, and today brought one of the strongest. As a headline in the Jerusalem Post put it, "In Possible Nod to Israel, Tw…

November 21, 2017

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
Trade ministers and delegates from the remaining members of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) attend the TPP Ministerial Meeting during the APEC 2017 in Da Nang, Vietnam November 9, 2017. REUTERS/Na Son Nguyen/Pool The Alternative Paths of Multilateral Trade Deals in Asia

Perusing the coverage of President Donald J. Trump’s first ten months in office, a reader could easily conclude that the global trading system, which has been in existence essentially since 1945, is …

November 8, 2017

Saudi Arabia
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman presides over a meeting in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia’s Shaky Experiment in Modernization

With a bold modernization project, Saudi Arabia is embarking on reforms U.S. policymakers have been urging for decades. The crown prince’s recent crackdown could undermine this crucial effort.

November 7, 2017

Saudi Arabia
Investors talk with each other as they monitor a screen displaying stock information at the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia June 29, 2016. Oil and a More Muscular Saudi Arabia

Saudi oil policy is undergoing a significant, yet subtle shift that is likely to have broader, strategic implications. The shift comes in the wake of a perfect storm of complicated existential threat…

September 19, 2017

Myanmar
A placard with the picture of Aung San Suu Kyi, accusing her of crimes against humanity, is seen at a rally near the Myanmar embassy during a protest against the treatment of the Rohingya Muslims minority by the Myanmar government, in Jakarta, Indonesia September 8, 2017. Aung San Suu Kyi: Notably Absent from the Opening of the UN General Assembly

As the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) opened for debate today, the world is once again reminded that leadership around the globe is overwhelmingly male. As of March 8 (International Women’s D…

September 11, 2017

Myanmar
Rohingya_9.11.2017 Is the United States Really Going to Expand Military Cooperation With Myanmar Now?

Every day seems to bring worse news about the spiraling conflict in Rakhine State in western Myanmar. A top UN human rights official recently announced that the violence in Rakhine State is a “textbo…

October 2, 2016

Israel
Prince Charles and Israeli Funerals

Prince Charles attended the funeral of Shimon Peres last week, in Jerusalem. This was not his first visit: he also attended the Yitzhak Rabin funeral in 1995. In the 21 years since then he has vis…