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August 14, 2019

Afghanistan
Afghanistan Endgame, Part One: Is Sirajuddin Haqqani Ready for Peace?

In peace talks with the Afghan Taliban, the United States should not fail to address the evolution of the Haqqani-al-Qaeda nexus.

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August 7, 2019

United States
Election 2020: Kirsten Gillibrand, Democratic Presidential Candidate

It has been a while since Americans have elected successive presidents from the same state. Not since November 2, 1880 in fact.* That’s when Republican James A. Garfield of Ohio won the right to succ…

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August 6, 2019

United States
“Mini Mac” Shows China’s Currency Shifting Into Undervaluation

The “law of one price” holds that identical goods should trade for the same price in an efficient market. But how well does it actually hold internationally? The Economist magazine’s Big Mac Index us…

August 1, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: India Criminalizes Instant Divorce

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering July 22 to August 1, was compiled by Alex…

Muslim brides wait for the start of their mass marriage ceremony in Mumbai, India. May 11, 2014.

July 18, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: July 19, 2019

Tech companies face intense scrutiny; viral FaceApp raises data privacy concerns; Huawei invests in Italy as pushback builds in the United States and UK; Indonesia announces a new digital tax; and us…

David Marcus, CEO of Facebook’s Calibra, testifies to the House Financial Services Committee hearing on "Examining Facebook's Proposed Cryptocurrency and Its Impact on Consumers, Investors, and the American Financial System" on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 17, 2019.

July 3, 2019

Iran
Iran, the Strait of Hormuz, and the Ever-Complex Geopolitics of Oil

In a sign that anxiety about oil security of supply isn’t what it used to be, the Group of Twenty (G20) meeting broke up this week with no big joint statements regarding how to protect the freedom of…

Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh reacts towards journalists as he arrives for an OPEC and NON-OPEC meeting in Vienna, Austria, July 2, 2019.

July 1, 2019

China
China’s Bizarre May Intervention Numbers

With the Osaka Xi-Trump summit producing an indefinite "truce" that halts further escalation (at least for now), there is every reason to expect the yuan to remain stable. The intervention proxies (s…

China’s Bizarre May Intervention Numbers

June 7, 2019

China
Is OPEC China's Problem?

The decision by the United States to wind down waivers on U.S. sanctions against Iranian oil exports has laid bare some new realities about oil geopolitics that were previously not well understood. O…

A crude oil tanker is seen at Qingdao Port, Shandong province, China, April 21, 2019. Picture taken April 21, 2019.

May 21, 2019

Chad
Farmer Herder Clashes in Chad Follow Familiar Pattern

There are new reports of violence, characterized as farmer-herder conflict, in Chad. According to Agence France Presse and Voice of America, thirty-five have died [French] since May 16 in separate in…

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May 17, 2019

Namibia
Women This Week: #MeToo in Namibia

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering May 9 to May 16, was compiled by Rebecca …

Demonstrator hold placards during a protest after a panel of judges dismissed a sexual harassment complaint against Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi in New Delhi, India, May 8, 2019.