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December 12, 2018

Nigeria
Doing Business in Nigeria's Northeast, the Land of Boko Haram

On December 10, the Financial Times published a fascinating article by Neil Munshi, dateline Maiduguri, on how honest businesses have adapted to operating in areas affected by Boko Haram. Specifically, Munshi cites Coca-Cola, Unilvever, and MTN, and telecommunications company. Since multinational forces dislodged Boko Haram from holding territory in 2015, the three have expanded their operations and their markets in Nigeria’s northeast.

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May 16, 2013

International Organizations
Doing Business at the World Bank

A showdown is looming at the World Bank over whether to discontinue or water down the Bank’s annual "Doing Business" Report.  As reported here, and blogged about here, and here, China is leading the …

November 29, 2017

United States
Trump Might Seem Pro-Business … But He Could Do Great Harm to Business

Throughout his first ten months in office, President Trump has portrayed himself not only as a champion for workers—a debatable claim—but also an important friend to American business. He has stacked…

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September 12, 2019

Iran
Israel Is Doing All the Dirty Work Against Iran

The United States came up with “maximum pressure”—but the Israeli government is the only one carrying it out.

Israeli soldiers charge a mortar shell

October 4, 2016

Cybersecurity
Risky Business: When Governments Do Not Attribute State-Sponsored Cyberattacks

Kristen Eichensehr is an Assistant Professor at UCLA School of Law, an affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, and a term member of the Council on Foreign Rel…

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September 24, 2019

United Nations General Assembly
UN Climate Action Summit: Five Things Governments Should be Doing

As the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit concludes, world leaders need some outside the box thinking about steps to strengthen their national commitments to shrink their greenhouse gas emissions ahead of…

A mangrove plant grows on a shore in Cancun June 21, 2010. In the 40 years since Cancun was founded, countless acres of mangrove forests up and down Mexico's Caribbean Coast have been lost - and the destruction continues. Now many scientists say that mangrove forests can help slow climate change, and are desperate to save them. Picture taken June 21, 2010.

September 11, 2019

South Africa
Poor South Africans Attacking Foreign-Owned Business

Mob attacks on foreign-owned shops in Johannesburg have damaged relations between South Africa and Nigeria. The Nigerian government has announced that it is evacuating some four hundred Nigerians from South Africa. The violence is being characterized as “xenophobic,” which, by all accounts, it is. But the story is more complicated, and aspects of it have roots in apartheid South Africa and the dislocations resulting from too-rapid urbanization.

A man stands and looks among the burnt out cars at his dealership in Johannesburg, South Africa, following attacks.

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.

October 23, 2019

Europe
The President's Inbox: The "Do-or-Die" Brexit Deal with Sebastian Mallaby

This week’s episode of The President’s Inbox is live. I sat down with Sebastian Mallaby, CFR’s Paul A. Volcker senior fellow for international economics, to discuss the deal that British Prime Minist…

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson argues for his Brexit deal in the House of Commons on October 19.

March 7, 2012

Trade
U.S. Competitiveness: What American Business Can and Should Do (In Its Own Interests)

U.S. competitiveness is mostly about the private sector--how well companies are doing selling goods and services domestically and internationally, and how much of that success is being passed on to A…

GE Chairman Jeff Immelt; Dow Chemical Chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris; and Boeing Company Chairman, President, and CEO Jim McNerney speak on the panel "The Future of Manufacturing: Growing American Competitiveness" in Washington on February 13, 2012 (Gary Cameron/Courtesy Reuters).