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June 19, 2018

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
More Evidence that the UN's Automatic Majority Against Israel is Fraying

A few days ago (here) I analyzed the recent UN General Assembly vote on Gaza and concluded that the UN's automatic majority against Israel is fraying. Now there is an important piece of new eviden…

June 19, 2018

United States
Trump’s Tariffs Are Hurting U.S. Competitiveness Trump’s Tariffs Are Hurting U.S. Competitiveness

President Trump says that America running a trade deficit means that “jobs and wealth are being given to other countries.” As we explained in Business Insider earlier this month, this statement i…

June 19, 2018

Taiwan
Representatives of Taiwan and the United States place items in a time capsule at the dedication ceremony of the new American Institute in Taiwan complex in Taipei. Is Washington Boosting Ties With Taiwan?

The opening of a new U.S. diplomatic compound in Taipei doesn’t mark a major change in ties, but the Trump administration has taken new approaches to dealing with China over Taiwan.

June 15, 2018

Wars and Conflict
Afghan policeman in Kabul, Afghanistan Global Conflict This Week: June 15, 2018

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

June 15, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Super-Eagles-Soccer-World-Cup Nigeria's Fashionable Super Eagles Are an Important Symbol of National Identity

In a country with a still-developing sense of national identity, and with many regional ethnic, and religious cleavages, the Super Eagles are a strong—perhaps the strongest—symbol of national unity.

June 15, 2018

Democratic Republic of Congo
A man digs through some mine waste searching for leftover cobalt. The Cobalt Boom

Demand has skyrocketed for cobalt, focusing attention on its complex and controversial supply chain. The element is an important component in lithium-ion batteries, which power everything from electric cars to smartphones.

June 15, 2018

Taiwan
Military honor guards lower the Taiwanese flag, at Liberty Square, in Taipei, Taiwan. China-Taiwan Relations

Differences over Taiwan’s status fuel tensions between the island and mainland, yet cross-strait economic ties continue to deepen. 

June 14, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
HydroMiner CEO Nadine Damblon at their cryptocurrency farming operation in Austria. April 25, 2018 Cryptocurrencies for Change: Why We Need Women on the Blockchain

As blockchain and cryptocurrencies pioneer new frontiers in finance and beyond, we should be worried about the industry's gender disparity.

June 12, 2018

Palestinian Territories
Prince William (and the Foreign Office) in Jerusalem

I’ve written many times about the British royal family’s remarkable record of refusing to make an official visit to Israel while making scores of visits to Arab capitals. That will change in a matter…

June 12, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Kallie-Kriel-AfriForum U.S. and Foreign Governments Should Be Skeptical of AfriForum's Lobbying

AfriForum, a self-described Afrikaner rights group, has positioned itself as an especially vocal critic of land expropriation, which the group views as an existential threat to white South Africans. In their campaign against expropriation without compensation, AfriForum has launched appeals abroad, raising the specter of the murder of white farmers and stoking fears of “white genocide” among American, European, and Australian leaders and media outlets.