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February 15, 2019

Syrian Civil War
Global Conflict This Week: U.S.-Backed Forces Target Eastern Syria

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

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February 15, 2019

South Korea
Will Trump And Kim Be Bound Together By Strength or Weakness?

Despite both leaders’ desire to highlight their own achievements, the second summit’s outcome may be determined more by the ability of each side to respond to each other’s weaknesses than by the abil…

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February 14, 2019

Nigeria
What to Watch for in Nigeria's Election

On Saturday, February 16, Nigerians will go to the polls to cast votes in national elections. The country has a long history of vote rigging and it has evolved over time.

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February 13, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Human Trafficking Isn’t Just Morally Repugnant. It’s Also a Security Threat.

Last month, Nigeria’s anti-trafficking agency made a startling announcement: It had collected evidence that some 20,000 Nigerian women and girls are being held in brothels in Mali. Among those discov…

#BringBackOurGirls campaigners raise candles during a candle light gathering marking the 500th day since the abduction of girls in Chibok, Nigeria. August 27, 2015.

February 12, 2019

West Africa
Problems in the Sahel Only Growing, Says ACLED

Each year, the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED) issues Ten Conflicts to Worry About, [PDF] a report flagging serious conflicts that are often underreported. The Sahel was listed as the region “most likely to be the geopolitical dilemma of 2019.” 

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February 12, 2019

United States
Campaign 2020: Andrew Yang, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Chances are you haven’t heard of Andrew Yang even though he’s been running for president for more than a year now. By any objective standard, he is the longest of long shots. He has never held politi…

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February 11, 2019

Germany
The Case for a Significant German Stimulus Is Now Overwhelming

Germany’s economy is slowing by more than can easily be explained by the obvious slowdown in exports (see Gavyn Davies, who, to be fair, believes there were some one-off drags to German growth in h2 …

The Case for a Significant German Stimulus Is Now Overwhelming

February 8, 2019

Germany
Cyber Week in Review: February 8, 2019

This week: a SOTU non-event; Facebook in Germany; Huawei war; WhatsApp warns Indian politicians; and China's APT10 strikes again. 

Andreas Mundt, president of Germany's Federal Cartel Office, is pictured at his desk before an interview with Reuters in Bonn, Germany April 17, 2018. Picture taken April 17, 2018.

February 8, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
An Alternative Perspective on the U.S. Decision to Recognize Tshisekedi

In the daily Africa in Transition blog, on February 6, 2019, Ambassador Michelle Gavin, a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Program, harshly criticized the United States government’s policy toward the December 2018 presidential election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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February 7, 2019

United States
The State of the Union Speech Trump Didn’t Deliver

This was originally published on the Quint and is reposted here with permission. For a speech that US President Donald J Trump told supporters was likely to contain as much as “40 to 50 percent” f…

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Jim Young