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December 28, 2018

Cybersecurity
Week in Review: December 28, 2018

This week: The U.S. embraces quantum; China considers banning forced technology transfer; India's government expands surveillance; and the Huawei saga continues

A D-Wave Vesuvius processor is pictured during a media tour of the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (QuAIL) at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, December 8, 2015.

December 28, 2018

Global
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2018

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2018 who shaped U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten world figu…

Kofi Annan addresses a news conference UN headquarters in New York, 1997. REUTERS/Jeff Christensen.

December 26, 2018

Global
Fifty Years After "Earthrise," We Are Racing Toward "Earthset"

Fifty years ago, a photo of Earth rising beyond the lunar horizon captivated the world and inspired the modern environmental movement. Humans have since despoiled the planet to the brink of environme…

Earth rises beyond the lunar horizon.

January 3, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
New Year’s Eve Abuja Bombings Tweeted

A woman surrounded by relatives, mourns the death of her husband at Asokoro Hospital, after a bomb explosion near a military barracks in Nigeria's capital Abuja December 31, 2010. (Afolabi Sotu…

New Year’s Eve Abuja Bombings Tweeted

April 13, 2015

Trade
Re-assessing U.S. Trade Policy on the Eve of the TPA Debate

With the anticipated introduction in Congress this week of legislation that would give President Obama the authority to conclude massive regional trade agreements in Asia and Europe, the issue of tra…

The CFR Renewing America Trade and Investment Scorecard

July 30, 2018

Mexico
The Coming U.S.-Mexico Blow-Up

On the eve of Mexico’s election, even before the National Electoral Institute called the results, President Donald Trump tweeted congratulations to the presumptive victor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador…

Mexico's President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador holds a news conference to announce Marcelo Ebrard as foreign minister, in Mexico City, Mexico July 5, 2018.

July 2, 2018

China
Devaluation Risk Makes China’s Balance of Payments Interesting (Again)

A deep dive into the details of China's balance of payments over the last few quarters of data. During the dollar's depreciation in 2017 and the first quarter of 2018, it looks like China was adding …

Devaluation Risk Makes China’s Balance of Payments Interesting (Again)

May 21, 2018

North Korea
North Korea’s May 16, 2018 Statements and Their Implications for a Trump-Kim Summit

North Korean authorities issued two separate statements on May 16, 2018, that have been reported to cast doubt on prospects for the Trump-Kim summit scheduled to occur in Singapore on June 12. The st…

North Korea’s May 16, 2018 Statements and Their Implications for a Trump-Kim Summit

April 24, 2018

Iran
Energy Intelligence Briefing: Automated Warfare, Asymmetric Risks, and Middle East Conflicts

Geopolitical risk is always a major feature of global oil and gas markets, but the interplay of wars without end, powerful non-state actors, and the proliferation of new weapons technologies across t…

Flames emerge from flare stacks at the oil fields in Basra, southeast of Baghdad, Iraq January 17, 2017.

April 6, 2018

Trade
Who Will Walk Trump Back From This Trade War?

The president doesn't care about the damage he's doing, but others must.

President Trump Tariffs