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February 6, 2018

Energy and Climate Policy
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…

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.

December 30, 2016

International Organizations
Steering a World in Disarray: Ten Summits to Watch in 2017

After a tumultuous 2016, the world holds its breath for what the coming year may bring. Angry populism is on the march. Great power relations are tense. The Middle East has imploded. Meanwhile, Presi…


January 14, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Freedom in the World 2011

Tunisians shout slogans as they demonstrate against Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in Tunis on January 14, 2011 (STR New/Courtesy Reuters) Freedom in the world is declining. Given Hillar…

Freedom in the World 2011

January 6, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria’s Buhari Moves to Fix Deficiencies in Fight Against Boko Haram

Nigerian security service abuses have been a driver of recruitment for Boko Haram, the radical, jihadist movement that seeks to destroy the secular state. Abuses have reflected poor leadership, poor …

Buhari Fixes

December 27, 2013

Military Operations
You Might Have Missed: Drones, U.S. Arms in Iraq, and Civil-Military Relations

        “Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap: FY2013-2038,” U.S. Department of Defense, 2013.  Inventory of DoD UAS (page 5) (3PA: Like other Pentagon reports, the data contained in this char…

Baghdad Attack

September 12, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Funding for Nigeria’s Boko Haram

Baron David Alton of Liverpool, a member of the UK House of Lords, has raised with Baron David Howell of Guildford, a minister at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (the UK foreign ministry), his co…

A crowd gathers near a car damaged by an explosion at St. Theresa Catholic Church at Madalla, Suleja, just outside Nigeria's capital Abuja, December 25, 2011.

September 11, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Boko Haram Attacking Nigeria’s Mobile Phone Infrastructure

This Day is reporting that Boko Haram operatives are staging "unrelenting" attacks on the telecommunications infrastructure, especially in the states of Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, and Kano, Nigeria’…

Jamil Idriss charges 50 naira ($0.33) to recharge phone batteries using rows of three-pin sockets nailed to a plank of wood and plugged into a diesel generator in the Obalende District of Lagos May 20, 2010.

March 22, 2010

Where’s the Tipping Point in U.S.-China Relations?

Photo Courtesy of REUTERS/Jason Lee Some of my old State Department colleagues tell me that the current downturn in U.S.-China relations is nothing new.  It’s just countercyclical, they say.  “Remem…

Where’s the Tipping Point in U.S.-China Relations?