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May 2, 2018

Donald Trump
Buhari's Visit to Washington a Small Win for President Trump

Unlike the recent visits of French President Emmanuel Macron, who criticized Trump’s policies before a joint session of Congress, or German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who continues to be critical of a range of Trump’s polices, Buhari praised Trump in ways that will be pleasing to him and his base. 

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April 23, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Oil Prices and the U.S. Economy: Reading the Tea Leaves of the Trump Tweet on OPEC

During his visit to the United States, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman inopportunely noted in an interview with Reuters news service that Saudi Arabia was “working on moving from a model agree…

The masthead of U.S. President Donald Trump's @realDonaldTrump Twitter account with a message about OPEC policy is seen on April 20, 2018.

February 16, 2018

Asia
Populism May Have a Banner Year in 2018—and 2019 Too

By the middle of 2017, following Emmanuel Macron’s dominant victory in France’s elections, the relative underperformance of populist parties in elections in the Netherlands, and the backlash in the U…

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February 20, 2018

European Union
Could Europe's New Data Protection Regulation Curb Online Disinformation?

European leaders are rushing to implement new laws to curb disinformation on social media. However, existing European data protection laws might actually make it harder for bad actors to spread fake …

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January 11, 2018

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: January 12, 2018

This week: Huawei hits a U.S. roadblock again, section 702 renewal enters the final stretch, removing "clearly illegal" content from social media, and encryption headaches for the FBI.

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December 29, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
G5 Sahel: An African (and French) Solution to an African Problem

The coalition may be an example of that elusive goal: an African solution to an African problem. It was created by five different governments that appear committed to meeting the challenges of military cooperation and coordination.

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and African Union Commission President Moussa Faki Mahamat attend a media conference on the G5 Sahel.

December 28, 2017

Global Governance
Year One of America First: Global Governance in 2017

Coauthored with Anne Shannon, former intern in the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. After President Donald J. Trump’s election last fal…

Angela Merkel, Donald J. Trump, and Emmanuel Macron during a family photo at the G7 Summit in Sicily, Italy on May 27, 2017.

December 15, 2017

United States
Ten Most Significant World Events in 2017

Last year a lot of people were asking if 2016 was the worst year ever. (It wasn’t.) I haven’t seen anyone making similar claims about 2017, but that doesn’t mean that this year didn’t produce its sha…

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December 8, 2017

Elections and Voting
Ten Elections to Watch in 2018

Millions of people around the world voted in elections this year. The French elected Emmanuel Macron president, while South Koreans elected Moon Jae-in president. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani won …

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November 21, 2017

Eurozone
The Eurozone’s Fiscal Version of the Impossible Trinity?

The eurozone member-states may never be able to run a fiscal policy that is optimal for the eurozone taken as a whole.

The Eurozone’s Fiscal Version of the Impossible Trinity?