November 8, 2019Nigeria
Housing for professionals working in the modern economy are challenged in most of the world’s mega-cities. Lagos is no exception, as profiled by the BBC. Its reporter estimates that “middle-to-high-income” housing can cost between $5,000 and $40,000 a year. But the practice of paying a year’s worth of rent upfront sets Lagos apart: the BBC’s reporter was asked for between $11,000 and $22,000 for a two-bedroom apartment with electricity in a good Lagos neighborhood, Victoria Island.
November 1, 2019Nigeria
On the same day that President Buhari spoke, his government ignored a court ruling ordering the release on bail of Mr. Omoyele Sowore, the founder of Sahara Reporters, a New York-based online news website that has reportedly extensively on government corruption in Nigeria. In fact, several Nigerian journalists and activists are unlawfully held in detention by the Nigerian government for reporting on widespread corruption and human rights violations.
October 30, 2019United States
Bill Weld was the first Republican to officially announce he would challenge Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination. Weld knows that his bid faces long odds. Roughly nine out of ten …
October 29, 2019Taiwan
This gathers the six post series I did with Concentrated Ambiguity into a single easy accessible post.
October 29, 2019Climate Change
The latest episode of The President’s Inbox is live. I sat down with Alice Hill, CFR’s senior fellow for climate change policy, to talk about the coming climate disruption. Alice is the coauthor of B…
October 17, 2019Defense and Security
Captain Brian L. Sittlow is a naval officer, specializing in submarines, and a military fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of th…
October 15, 2019Taiwan
Taiwan's central bank—and Taiwanese households—have taken on an awful lot of foreign currency risk over the years …