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January 8, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Could Lagos Be a Model for the Developing World?

Seth D. Kaplan, writing in the opinion pages of the January 7 New York Times, observes that by 2015, half the world’s population living on less than $1.25 a day will reside in fragile states. These p…

People sit and trade under a bridge at the Orile-Iganmu district of Lagos August 29, 2013

February 14, 2011

Beware the Strategic Consequences of Slashing International Climate Assistance

The Obama administration budget request for FY2012 is out. The contrast with the House Republican alternative is stark. Nowhere is this more clear than in funding for international climate change act…

March 3, 2014

United States
Obama the Realist?

In the current issue of Politico, Fred Kaplan argues that President Obama is the consummate realist in foreign policy.  Politico asked me to comment, and my response can be found here, entitled "Obam…

September 26, 2011

Defense and Security
F-16s, Taiwan, and America’s Future in Asia

A formation of military fighter jets perform during an Air Force demonstration in Taipei. (Nicky Loh/courtesy Reuters) I noted in last week’s Friday File that the White House had approved a $5 billi…

A formation of military AT-3 fighter jets perform during an airforce demonstration at Songshan airport in Taipei September 2, 2007. REUTERS/Nicky Loh (TAIWAN)