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August 22, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
Pompeo Staffs Up

Today Secretary of State Pompeo announced the appointment of Steve Biegun to be Special Representative for North Korea. This follows the announcements of Brian Hook as Special Representative for Iran…

May 27, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigerian Chief of Defense Staff Responds to Critics of the Military

For many years, the Nigerian military was regarded as the most proficient in West Africa. It was commonly seen as the guardian of the nation, and was remarkably free of the ethnic and religious divis…

New Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, speaks during a handing over ceremony in Abuja January 20, 2014.

October 20, 2004

Capital Flows
The IMF staff report on Iraq is a goldmine

I don’t expect many journalists will delve into it, but the IMF staff report on Iraq is a fountain of information. My favorite number: in 2004, the amount Iraq will spend importing (yes, importing) …

March 14, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Standoff Between Nigeria’s New Defense Minister and the Chief of Defense Staff

Earlier in the week a guest blogger and I published separate posts on Nigeria’s new defense minister, Aliyu Mohammed Gusau. The two blog posts, while covering different aspects of the appointment, sa…

Air Marshal Badah

October 19, 2013

North Korea
Big Decisions Facing South Korea’s New Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman

South Korea’s National Assembly confirmed for the first time this week a naval officer, Admiral Choi Yun-hee, as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). Given the historic dominance of the army …


August 15, 2013

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Somalia: Violence Against Staff Forces MSF Retreat

Doctors Without Borders announced that it is leaving Somalia. The French-founded, Nobel prize winning non-governmental organization, known by its French acronym MSF, provides medical care in war zone…

AMadina hospital staff help to wheel an injured Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) personnel on a stretcher south of capital Mogadishu December 29, 2011.

February 22, 2013

Weekend Reading: Turkey’s Chief of Staff, Fronting as a Front in Egypt, and Tunisia’s Sudden Troubles

Murat Yetkin on an important proposed change to civil-military relations in Turkey. Khalid Amayreh argues that Egypt’s National Salvation Front is not much of a Front. Kristina Kausch wonders if la…


September 24, 2019

United Nations
The Role of the UN General Assembly

The UN General Assembly hosts a much-watched debate of world leaders each year but has struggled to make its work more substantive. The seventy-fourth session will likely be dominated by issues inclu…

UN Secretary-General speaks at a podium before delegates at the UN headquarters in New York.

September 10, 2019

International Organizations
See How Much You Know About the Immediate Postwar Period

Test your knowledge of the immediate postwar period, including the Marshall Plan and the creation of the United Nations. 

U.S. President Harry S. Truman and Secretary of State Edward R. Stettinius, Jr., shake hands at the signing of the United Nations Charter in 1945.