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April 7, 2015

South China Sea
Conflict in the South China Sea

Territorial disputes in the South China Sea continue to be a source of tension and potential conflict between China and other countries in the region. Though the United States takes no position on so…

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April 11, 2012

South China Sea
Armed Clash in the South China Sea

In April 2015, the author wrote an update to this memo to reflect recent developments in the South China Sea. Read the update. Introduction The risk of conflict in the South China Sea is signif…

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December 9, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: November 30–December 6

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from November 30 to December 6, 2019.

Map of Nigeria shaded to reflect NST-documented deaths per state.

November 6, 2019

Election 2020
The President’s Inbox: Should the United States Do Less Overseas?

The latest episode of The President’s Inbox is now live. The Iowa caucuses, the formal start of the presidential nominating process, are just three months away. Given that elections matter for U.S. f…

An American flag flies on the edge of the Atlantic ocean.

December 14, 2016

Asia
What Future for the Asia Pivot Under Trump?

How will President-Elect Trump follow up the Obama administration’s Asia pivot? Five Asia experts reflect on the region’s top priorities. 

October 7, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: September 28–October 4

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from September 28 to October 4, 2019.

Map of Nigeria shaded to reflect NST-documented deaths per state.

August 26, 2019

Grand Strategy
The Case for Restraint: Drawing the Curtain on American Empire

The United States should resist imperial temptations and instead pursue a foreign policy of restraint. 

Then President-Elect Donald J. Trump and President Barack Obama arrive for Trump's inauguration ceremony in Washington, DC.

June 25, 2019

China
The China–North Korea Relationship

China is North Korea’s biggest trade partner and has leverage over Kim Jong-un’s regime, yet its policies focus more on border stability than nuclear threat.

Xi Jinping and Kim Jong-un wear black suits, stand out the sunroof of a car, and wave to people in Pyongyang, North Korea.

May 30, 2019

South Africa
Ramaphosa Inaugurated in South Africa, U.S. Sends Delegation

At a rugby stadium in Pretoria on May 25, Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in as South Africa’s fourth democratically elected president since 1994. The U.S. presidential delegation to the inauguration was headed by Kimberly A. Reed, the president of the Export-Import Bank.

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November 5, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: October 27–November 2

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between October 27 to November 2.

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