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September 21, 2006

Financial Markets
Unintentional irony watch (hedge fund edition)

Risk management standards do seem to be slipping.   Davis, Sender and Zuckerman in the Wall Street Journal: “The risk models employed by hedge funds use historic data, but the natural gas markets hav…

February 18, 2011

China
An Agenda for U.S.-Central Asia Relations

When it snows on the steppes of eastern Kazakhstan, hunters saddle up and gallop off with eagles on their arms in search of prey. (Shamil Zhumatov/Courtesy Reuters) I’ve blogged mainly on East Asia …

An Agenda for U.S.-Central Asia Relations

August 4, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Ivory Coast, Disarmament, and the Dozos

Dozos stationed along the road from Man to Duékoué in western Ivory Coast, July 2011. (Nancy Palus/Courtesy IRIN) As Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara embarks on a long and difficult process o…

Ivory Coast, Disarmament, and the Dozos

September 6, 2011

Asia
What Is Suu Kyi’s Role in Burma Today?

Aung San Suu Kyi talks to reporters after meeting Tomas Ojea Quintana, U.N. special envoy on human rights in Myanmar, at Suu Kyi's home in Yangon August 24, 2011 (Soe Zeya Tun/ Courtesy Reuters)…

Aung San Suu Kyi talks to reporters after meeting Tomas Ojea Quintana, U.N. special envoy on human rights in Myanmar, at Suu Kyi’s home in Yangon August 24, 2011.

March 30, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Drones, Afghanistan, and the North Korean Nuclear Program

Chris Woods and Emma Slater, “Arab spring brings steep rise in U.S. attacks in Yemen,” Bureau of Investigative Journalism, March 29, 2012. At least 26 US military and CIA strikes involving crui…

Afghanistan helicopter

November 28, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
International Crisis Group Warns on the Ivory Coast

The International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague recently unsealed an arrest warrant against former first lady Simone Gbagbo. In effect, she is charged with being a full accomplice in the crimes o…

A man pushes a bicycle past FRCI on patrol on a road near Sacre village, in the western Tai area near Ivory Coast's border with Liberia 17/06/2012.

May 16, 2013

International Organizations
There’s a Fly in My Soup! Can Insects Satisfy World Food Needs?

What world traveler hasn’t declined at least one local “delicacy”? A decade ago in Oaxaca, Mexico, I turned up my nose at chapulines, a steaming plate of toasted grasshoppers. “Tastes like chicken,” …

Locusts and worms are seen on a spoon after being cooked with olive oil for a discovery lunch in Brussels

January 23, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Upsurge in Violence in Northern Nigeria Connected to Mali?

High profile, violent killings have taken place in northern Nigeria at the same time as the French intervention in Mali. On January 19, the emir of Kano barely survived an assassination attempt that…

 Nigerian soldiers sit in military trucks before leaving for Mali, at the airport in Nigeria 18/01/2013.

May 22, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Tracking the Traffickers: Eradicating Rhinos

This is a guest post by Emily Mellgard, research associate for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program. Demand for rhino horn increased exponentially over the past few years. The mar…

Policeman look on as a protester carries a placard calling for an end to rhino poaching, which threatens the survival of rhino species, outside the Chinese embassy in Pretoria September 22, 2011. (Siphiwe Sibeko/Courtesy Reuters)

November 12, 2013

Zimbabwe
Tracking the Traffickers: Cyanide as Poachers’ Weapon of Mass Destruction

This is a guest post by Emily Mellgard, research associate for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program. Reports began appearing in Zimbabwe in July and August that entire elephant he…

Africa - Elephants at Watering Hole in Zim