May 16, 2018Nigeria
There is now more violence in Nigeria’s Middle Belt than in the northeast, where Boko Haram continues its operations. Ostensibly, violence in the Middle Belt is driven by conflict between “herders” and “farmers” over land use, ethnic and religious rivalries, and (likely but hard to prove) the agendas of rival politicians.
May 10, 2018Southeast Asia
By Thomas Pepinsky On May 9, Malaysian voters delivered a stunning defeat to the incumbent Barisan Nasional (BN, “National Front”) regime. Since independence in 1957, Malaysia has been ruled by a …
May 9, 2018Diplomacy and International Institutions
The Commonwealth does not get much attention in the United States. Few will have noticed that its member governments committed to avoid disrupting internet access in their countries, an attempt to st…
May 4, 2018Iran Nuclear Agreement
Iran could restart aspects of its nuclear program if President Trump declines to renew sanctions waivers this month, leaving major powers with few options for monitoring or restricting it.
May 2, 2018China
The United States must do all it can to prevent foreign powers like China from stealing sensitive technologies, but imposing overly broad restrictions could take a heavy toll on innovation.