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March 23, 2012

Friday File: Cherry Trees Blossom in Washington, DC

Above the Fold. Washington, DC, owes a huge debt of gratitude to Tokyo. It was one hundred years ago next Tuesday that Japan’s largest city gave our nation’s capital 3,000 cherry trees to plant along…

The cherry blossom trees around the Tidal Basin are in full bloom in Washington, DC. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters)

June 27, 2018

South Africa
Even as Winter Rains Come to Cape Town, Water Scarcity Is Here to Stay

In 2017, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille declared the Western Cape a disaster area because of the drought. In March, the ruling African National Congress’ minister for cooperative governance, Zweli Mkhize, declared a national state of emergency. However, with the arrival of winter rains, Mkhize did not renew the state of emergency when it expired on June 13.

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September 21, 2018

Maldives
Maldives Election: Weekend Reading

Ahead of Sunday's election in the Maldives, read up on the issues facing the island nation, including democratic backsliding, corruption, and geopolitical competition between China and India.

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen and China's President Xi Jinping attend a signing meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on December 7, 2017.

September 18, 2018

United States
The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 71st Birthday Today

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 71 years-old today. On September 18, 1947, Chief Justice Fred Vinson swore in Stuart Symington as the first secretary of the air force, officially founding a …

Air Force Birthday 2018

September 12, 2018

Mali
Africa is the Fastest Urbanizing Place on the Planet

Sub-Saharan Africa is urbanizing at the fastest rate in the world.

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September 7, 2018

Syrian Civil War
Global Conflict This Week: Idlib Offensive Looms

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

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September 6, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria: What Everyone Needs to Know

Teaching Notes for Nigeria: What Everyone Needs to Know, written by John Campbell, in which he provides an accessible, one-of-a-kind overview of Nigeria.

Teaching Notes for Nigeria by John Campbell and Matthew T. Page

August 28, 2018

NAFTA
Trump’s Deal With Mexico: A New NAFTA?

President Trump has struck a new NAFTA deal with Mexico, but with severe disagreements remaining between the U.S. and Canada, his approach to trade negotiations is about to get its biggest test yet.

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August 22, 2018

Maternal and Child Health
Pregnant in a War Zone: Why Respectful Maternity Care Matters in Humanitarian Settings

Last month, White Ribbon Alliance and the American Refugee Committee convened a first-of-its-kind consultation to forge a new path for prioritizing respectful maternity care in humanitarian settings…

Madame Marcus holds her five-minute-old baby boy after giving birth to her second child at a makeshift hospital run by B-FAST (Belgian First Aid and Support Team).

August 21, 2018

Southeast Asia
How to Improve U.S.-Indonesia Relations

The Donald J. Trump administration has pursued a foreign policy toward Southeast Asia that has simultaneously courted and alienated countries in the region. The White House has taken a tougher approa…

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