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August 29, 2019

Nigeria
Here Comes the Bride: Nigerian Weddings in Houston

A focus of the story is on the importance of fabrics used at a traditional Yoruba wedding and there is an extensive description of the various types of dress. Further, as is traditional among the Yoruba, the wedding couple pay for the matching dress of family and friends. As is also typical among the Yoruba, the guest list numbers in the hundreds, a hold-over from Yorubaland (and elsewhere in Nigeria) where life events include the entire community.

A Nigerian bride shows off her pink and white wedding dress and clutch.

October 11, 2019

Syria
Who’s Who in Northern Syria?

With Turkey’s latest military offensive, here’s a rundown of the different forces in the region.

October 14, 2019

Syria
The United States Is Done Caring About Syria

A major new report about the Syrian war raises the question of whether Washington ever cared about it in the first place.

A child inspects a site hit by what activists said was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar el-Asaad at Arbin town in Damascus countryside, Syria July 21, 2015.

October 15, 2019

Taiwan
What Does Taiwan’s Hidden Forward Book Mean for Taiwan’s Financial Stability and U.S. Currency Policy?

Taiwan's central bank—and Taiwanese households—have taken on an awful lot of foreign currency risk over the years …

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August 31, 2017

Global Governance
How the BRICS Got Here

Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa have created a meaningful partnership over the last several years, but the rivalry between the bloc’s two most powerful members poses an obstacle to gre…

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October 9, 2019

Taiwan
$130+ Billion in Undisclosed Foreign Exchange Intervention by Taiwan's Central Bank

Based on the profits and losses disclosed by Taiwan’s central bank, it appears that its true FX exposures exceed its disclosed foreign exchange reserves by USD 130bn, and perhaps by as much as USD 20…

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October 9, 2019

Ukraine
The President's Inbox: Stephen Sestanovich on Ukraine

The latest episode of The President’s Inbox is live. I sat down with Steve Sestanovich, CFR’s senior fellow for Eurasian and Russian studies and the former U.S. ambassador-at-large for the former Sov…

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks with President Trump at the United Nations General Assembly on September 25.

October 8, 2019

Iran
1970s Oil Crisis Redux or Oil Price Rout?

It has been four weeks since a major military attack on critical oil facilities in Saudi Arabia shocked the world and very little has happened to suggest such an event couldn’t happen again. That beg…

Some Motorists Ran Out of Gas Such as This Man in Portland and Had to Stand in Line with a Gas Can During the Fuel Crisis in the Pacific Northwest.

October 8, 2019

Taiwan
Could Taiwan’s Commercial Banks Cover the Lifers' Hedging Need? (Part 4)

Who is on the other side of the massive ($250 billion) hedging need of Taiwan's life insurance industry? The local banking system covers at most a quarter of the life insurers hedging need, and forei…

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October 7, 2019

Global Governance
Remembering the Washington Conference That Brought the World Standard Time

The 1884 International Meridian Conference gave the world standard time and constituted a seminal moment in the history of globalization. 

A line marks the 'Prime Meridian of the World' at Longitude 0 degrees at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.