April 3, 2020Coronavirus
Over the more than half a century since the United States embraced its integration into the global economy, it has produced both the strongest and the weakest of the advanced economies. The streng…
March 20, 2020Election 2020
Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: Democratic visions for a new direction in foreign policy, calls for a relaxation of U.S. sanctions…
March 18, 2020Nigeria
On February 19, 2020, Senator Ibrahim Gaidam, the former governor of Yobe State, introduced legislation to create the National Agency for Deradicalization, Rehabilitation, and Reintegration of Repentant Insurgents. Gaidam represents Yobe state, which borders Borno and has been affected by the insurgency. The bill’s purpose is to rehabilitate Boko Haram defectors and prevent violent extremism in Nigeria.
February 20, 2020Sub-Saharan Africa
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently completed his first trip to Africa in his current role in the Trump administration. Over three days, he visited Dakar in Senegal, Luanda in Angola, and Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, where he also visited the head of the African Union. During the trip, Secretary Pompeo advocated for a stronger U.S.-Africa relationship amidst China’s growing role on the continent.
February 13, 2020Nigeria
The security situation around Borno’s capital, Maiduguri, appears to be going from bad to worse. On February 9, The Boko Haram faction Islamic State in West African (ISWA) shot or burned alive some thirty people sleeping in their cars and trucks that night outside the town of Auno, some ten miles from Maiduguri. They also kidnapped others.
February 12, 2020Technology and Innovation
While social media companies have made some efforts to address manipulated media—photos, video, or audio that have been edited, distorted, or misappropriated—more needs to be done. Social media compa…
February 7, 2020Election 2020
Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: Democrats vow to reverse the Trump administration’s new land-mine policy, the candidates participa…