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August 2, 2018

Energy and Climate Policy
A motorist drives past a parking lot full of new Tesla electric vehicles in Richmond, California, U.S. June 22, 2018. What States, Cities, and Corporations can do in the Face of Federal Resistance to the Clean Transportation Transition

Stefan Koester is an intern with the Energy Security and Climate Change program at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a graduate student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts Univ…

June 20, 2018

Mexico
Leftist front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) delivers a message after arriving at the third and final debate in Merida, Mexico June 12, 2018. Why Mexico’s Energy Reform Needs AMLO

This is a guest post by David R. Mares, the Institute of the Americas chair for Inter-American Affairs and professor for political science at the University of California San Diego and the Baker Inst…

August 14, 2018

Global Governance
Pilot Brian Binnie stands atop SpaceShipOne after winning the $10 million Ansari X Prize in Mojave, California October 4, 2004. The prize was awarded after SpaceShipOne became the first commercial spaceship to reach suborbit in two successful attempts. Rise of the Prize: Inducing Competition for the Global Good

The following is a guest post by Kyle L. Evanoff, research associate in international economics and U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. A dash of competition could be the secr…

August 8, 2018

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
The sign of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Center of Excellence in Tallinn, Estonia on November 29, 2017. NATO's Deterrence Problem: An Analog Strategy for a Digital Age

As cyberattacks increase in destructive potential and remain difficult to attribute, NATO faces a dilemma of whether and how to adapt their policy of strategic ambiguity to a new era of cyberwarfare…

August 16, 2018

Cameroon
Cameroon-Francophone-Anglophone-Separatism-Ambazonia Anglophone Crisis in Cameroon was Decades in the Making

The Anglophone crisis in southwestern Cameroon is getting worse, and outside observers are beginning to notice. According to Amnesty International, “alarm bells are ringing” in Congress over Cameroon, and on July 31, Karen Pierce, the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations, tweeted that there is “lots of interest” in the crisis among UN representatives in New York.

May 18, 2017

Iran
a girl holds a poster of Rouhani Is Iran’s Election a Litmus Test for the Next Supreme Leader?

Iranians are heading to the polls this Friday to decide Iran’s next president: incumbent Hassan Rouhani or his challenger Ebrahim Raisi. A victory for Raisi could mean he is being tested out for a po…

July 24, 2018

China
Beijing Vaccine Chinese Parents, Pharma Industry Worried Sick After Latest Vaccine Scandal

In a society that cherishes health, longevity, and continuation of the family line, there is a lingering and growing fear that the existing system is broken.  

August 9, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Boko-Haram-Damasak-Mosque Boko Haram Faction Releases Book on History and Ideology

The book likely represents the public views of one of Yusuf’s sons and the current ISWAP leader, Abu Musab al-Barnawi, who became very close to Abubakar Shekau after the former’s father was killed in 2009.

August 7, 2018

Digital Policy
Urumqi Eliminating a Blind Spot: The Effect of Cyber Conflict on Civil Society

Repressive regimes are increasingly adept at using digital espionage to suppress dissent and stifle opposition at home and abroad, even in democracies. 

August 8, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Saudi women celebrate the lifting of the driving ban on women in east Saudi Arabia. Unpacking the Canadian/Saudi Spat

Last week, the Saudi government arrested two prominent women’s activists, the latest move in a series of incarcerations targeting women’s and civil society leaders in the Gulf kingdom.