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February 6, 2018

Energy and Climate Policy
A prototype hydrogen powered fuel cell semi-truck is shown by Toyota at the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S., November 30, 2017. Is Natural Gas the Transition Fuel for Hydrogen?

This post is co-written by Joan Ogden, professor of environmental science and policy at UC Davis and director of the Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways (STEPS) program at the campus’ Institut…

February 6, 2018

Olympics
East Germany was a perennial powerhouse at winter games, including the 1988 Calgary games where it won gold and bronze in the women’s 1000 meters Speedskating event. The Mixed Record of Sports Diplomacy

While sports may temporarily transcend divisions in society, events like the Olympics rarely serve to advance countries’ diplomatic aims.

January 24, 2018

United States
A Salvadoran immigrant waits for an elevator at the New York Immigration Coalition following President Trump's announcement to end TPS for Salvadorans. What Is Temporary Protected Status (TPS)?

The Trump administration has taken away legal status for hundreds of thousands of migrants, most of whom have lived in the United States for more than fifteen years.

January 19, 2018

Olympics
Lighting the Olympic Torch The Economics of Hosting the Olympic Games

The costs of hosting the Olympics have skyrocketed, while the economic benefits are far from clear. This has led to fewer states interested in playing host and a search for options to lighten the bur…

January 18, 2018

El Salvador
Police arrest a woman as they search people for drugs and weapons during a patrol in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Central America’s Violent Northern Triangle

Violence and rampant crime have driven asylum seekers from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to the United States, which is seeking to help address the root causes.

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 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 13, 2017

Philippines
Trump-Duterte_11.12.2017 Trump's Visit to the Philippines: A Budding Bromance but Few Positive Outcomes

Part One The meeting between U.S. President Donald J. Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was highly anticipated, and—for theater—the two leaders did not disappoint. The two leaders hav…

November 7, 2017

North Korea
America First or U.S.-South Korea Alliance First in Dealing with North Korea? America First or U.S.-South Korea Alliance First in Dealing with North Korea?

As President Donald Trump was kicking off the first state visit under the progressive administration of Moon Jae-in, the life-or-death question in South Korean minds was whether Trump intended to t…

October 10, 2017

Cambodia
Hun Sen_6.28.2017 Cambodia Draws Closer to Outright Authoritarianism

For decades, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, the longest-serving nonroyal ruler in Asia, has played a delicate political game. While using a wide range of tactics—co-option of opposition party lead…