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September 18, 2019

Technology and Innovation
Keeping Our Edge: Overview of the Innovation and National Security Task Force Report

The United States has led the world in innovation, but China is closing the gap. A CFR Task Force says that the United States needs an ambitious plan of public and private investment in science and t…

Cover of the Innovation and National Security Task Force Report

September 18, 2019

South Africa
Why South Africa's Ramaphosa Is Skipping UNGA

Ramaphosa announced that he will not be going to New York this year for UNGA. South Africa’s delegation will be led by Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor. Ramaphosa says that, instead of attending UNGA, he will focus on a number of crises currently facing the country. He will work on implementing measures against gender-based violence and public violence, which almost certainly refers to the xenophobic attacks on foreigners.

Demonstrators hold signs, one of which reads "Just Want to Feel Safe."

September 17, 2019

United States
Election 2020: Joe Biden, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Is the third time really the charm? Former Vice President Joe Biden certainly hopes so. He first threw his hat in the ring for the 1988 Democratic nomination but ended up dropping out of the race mon…

Joe Biden

September 17, 2019

Americas
China’s Manufacturing Loss Should Be Mexico’s Gain

But President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is wasting the opportunity.

GENERAL MOTORS: GM projected $1 billion extra costs this year for tariffs and raw materials. Steel and aluminum prices have eased, but prices for other commodities such as palladium have risen, it said.

September 17, 2019

Americas
China’s Manufacturing Loss Should Be Mexico’s Gain

But President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is wasting the opportunity.

GENERAL MOTORS: GM projected $1 billion extra costs this year for tariffs and raw materials. Steel and aluminum prices have eased, but prices for other commodities such as palladium have risen, it said.

September 16, 2019

Saudi Arabia
Scale and Nature of Attacks on Saudi Oil Makes This One Different

In the swirl of conflicting reports about who might be responsible for the latest attack against Saudi Arabian oil installations, it is important not to miss what makes this latest attack categorical…

Smoke is seen following a fire at Aramco facility in the eastern city of Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia, September 14, 2019.

September 16, 2019

Elections and Voting
Election 2020: Elizabeth Warren Answers Twelve Foreign Policy Questions

Last week’s third round of Democratic presidential debates gave foreign policy some attention. The candidates spent a shade under forty minutes discussing events beyond America’s borders. That is mor…

Elizabeth Warren speaks to the media in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

September 16, 2019

Eritrea
How Long Must Eritrea Wait for Change?

Last week, the Committee to Protect Journalists ranked Eritrea "the most censored country in the world." That unsurprising conclusion is only the latest dubious distinction for Eritrea, a state that often seems frozen in an authoritarian limbo in the midst of region characterized by profound changes. 

Eritrean refugees participate in a demonstration in support of a U.N. human rights report accusing Eritrean leaders of crimes against humanity in front of the Africa Union headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, June 23, 2016

September 16, 2019

Development
Sustainable Development Takes Center Stage at the United Nations

As the United States abdicates leadership in sustainable development, subnational actors and the world's youth are taking the reins in addressing global challenges.

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg on the Malizia II racing yacht.

September 13, 2019

Nigeria
Niger and Nigeria Governors Pledge to Cooperate on Cross-Border Crime

Zakari Oumoru, the governor of Maradi, a region (equivalent to a state) in Niger, hosted a cross-border meeting with the Nigerian governors of Katsina, Sokoto, and Zamfara states to focus on cross-border crime, particularly banditry, kidnapping, and cattle rustling. The governors of the four states signed a memorandum of understanding, the text of which has not yet been carried in the Nigerian media. However, it appears to pledge closer cooperation against cross-border crime. Also present were representatives of the Nigerian security services based in the three Nigerian states.

A soldier stands on the side of the road in front of sparse trees on a sandy landscape.