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March 7, 2017

Cybersecurity
South Africa Introduces Revised Cybercrime Legislation, Acknowledging Criticism

Mailyn Fidler is a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. You can follow her @mailynfidler.  In February 2017, South Africa introduced a new cybercrime bi…

December 15, 2016

United States
Why Doesn’t Apple Export More Services (Wonky)

A big caveat. Apple is being used to represent a lot of companies with very valuable intellectual property (IP) that have built up similarly outsized piles of cash outside the United States; it is th…

Why Doesn’t Apple Export More Services (Wonky)

September 16, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
UNDOF Flees

After forty years, UN forces meant to separate Israel and Syria have fled their posts--fled into Israel, for safety. Here is the account from The Tower web site: The United Nations Disengagement Obs…

October 26, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africans Want Cross-Border Data Access Reform, But They Might Get Left Out

Mailyn Fidler is a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. You can follow her @mailynfidler.  At the first session of the 2016 Forum on Internet Freedom in…

CFR Cyber Net Politics MLAT Africa

July 1, 2012

Syria
Syria: the Background

Much scorn has been directed at fashion magazines that lionized Asma al-Assad, the wife of the Syrian dictator. This is fair enough, but we don’t really expect careful judgments about world politics …

January 1, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
Confidence-destroying Measures

Working toward an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, negotiators always seek "confidence-building measures" or CBMs. These moves are supposed to show good faith and convince the other side to under…

April 23, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
Will Kerry Continue the Jerusalem-Ramallah Shuttle If Hamas and Fatah Unite?

Secretary of State Kerry has put enormous effort into the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Most recently, there has been talk of a three-way deal wherein Israel releases 426 prisoners (some of them …

January 22, 2013

Education
Education Lessons: As Obama Begins Second Term, Big Gains May Come in Small Steps

U.S. students are now graduating from high school at the highest rate since good records began being kept in the mid-1970s, according to new data released today by the National Center for Education S…

Students arrive by bus on the first day of school at Joplin High School in Joplin, Missouri (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters).

August 7, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: Fodder for the "Fair Share" Debate

The Wall Street Journal’s David Wessel provides some facts for the debate over what tax rate higher-income Americans should pay. Since the 1980s, top earners have garnered a larger share of income, b…

Morning commuters stroll past the New York Stock Exchange (Brendan McDermid/Courtesy Reuters).

August 23, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: CBO Warns Fiscal Cliff Will Cause Recession

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) predicts a recession in 2013 with an economic contraction of 0.5 percent if the "fiscal cliff" is not addressed (TheHill). The CBO director implored …

Congressional Budget Office Director Elmendorf gestures as he testifies before the first Joint Deficit Reduction Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington