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May 1, 2019

Americas
Opposition's Gambit Stalls After Day of Tumult Rocks Venezuela

Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó took his confrontation up a notch on Tuesday, appearing in front of a Caracas Air Force base with several soldiers and calling for an uprising to end the con…

April 29, 2019

Southeast Asia
Last Days of the Mighty Mekong: A Review

By Nicholas Borroz The Last Days of the Mighty Mekong, by Brian Eyler, director of the Southeast Asia program at the Stimson Center, takes the reader on a journey from glaciers in China to rice fi…

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June 19, 2018

Nigeria
As Army Calls on Displaced Nigerians to Return Home, Terrorist Attacks Rock Damboa

The attack occurred on the same day that the Nigerian chief of army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, publicly said that Boko Haram is no longer a threat and urged internally displaced persons to return home.

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January 26, 2011

Egypt
Protests Rock Egypt

It’s 2am and I am finally back in my hotel.  It’s been an extraordinary day.  Tens of thousands of Egyptians—perhaps more—took to the streets across the country to demand change.  Even the “Red Sea R…

February 27, 2019

Energy and Environment
“Perceptions” about Oil or Demand Realities?

Amin Nasser, Chief Executive Officer of Saudi Aramco, whose shareholder is a sovereign nation, weighed in this week with a warning against U.S. and European activist shareholders who are making deman…

The chief executive of Saudi Aramco, Amin Nasser, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, December 13, 2017

February 4, 2019

Japan
Japan-South Korea Tensions Spur the Need for Courage and Creativity

This post is co-authored with Brad Glosserman, deputy director of and visiting professor at the Tama University Center for Rule Making Strategies and senior advisor for Pacific Forum. Scott A. Snyder…

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December 27, 2018

Cameroon
Dim Outlook for Peace Talks Between Separatist Rebels and Cameroon

Cameroon is spiraling downward, with fighting between rebels in the Anglophone regions (the Northwest and Southwest regions) and President Paul Biya’s security forces intensifying.

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March 30, 2008

Economics
Rock Chalk Jayhawk

There is one big reason why haven’t quite gotten around to focusing on the economic data and financial market moves this weekend.Next Saturday is going to be interesting. UCLA-Memphis and Kansas-No…

December 8, 2014

China
Allen Grane: Combating the African Wildlife Trade in China

Allen Grane is a research associate for Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Recently, the Animal Planet aired a documentary entitled “Saving Africa’s Giants with Yao Ming.” The show,…

A herd of elephants confronts a hippopotamus at a watering hole in Hwange National Park October 14, 2014. The watering hole was one of several that were contaminated by poachers with cyanide in 2013, leading to the death of at least 100 animals, according to Zimbabwean authorities. Picture taken October 14, 2014. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo (ZIMBABWE - Tags: ANIMALS CRIME LAW)

November 2, 2018

Nigeria
Dozens Reportedly Killed as Nigerian Military Fires on Shia Protesters

Between October 27 and 30, protesters from the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), a Shia religious organization led by the pro-Iranian Sheikh Ibrahim el-Zakzaky, clashed with security services in and around Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. The IMN reported that Nigerian security services had killed at least forty of its members during the marches.

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