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October 9, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Origins of African States, and Their Names

An article on the origins of the names of African countries was recently published in Quartz. It includes a map of the continent in 1885, shortly after the Berlin Conference. Portuguese and Arabic traders and explorers are the origins of some names, European mispronunciation of tribal names are the origins of others.

A bird flies in front of Mount Kenya on the horizon in Laikipia national park, Kenya.

September 27, 2019

Election 2020
Foreign Policy Roundup: Treason, Debates, and Progressive Foreign Policy

Each Friday from now until Election Day, I will be looking at what the presidential candidates are saying about foreign policy on the campaign trail. 

President Trump's Republican contenders debate each other in New York on September 24.

August 15, 2012

Defense and Security
Paul Ryan Likes Bernard Lewis and Free Trade

CNN’s Jamie Crawford has a nice piece summarizing Paul Ryan’s foreign policy views. Besides offering a sense of some of the countries the GOP vice presidential nominee has visited in recent years, th…

Paul Ryan addresses supporters at a rally in Las Vegas. (Steve Marcus/courtesy Reuters)

October 15, 2018

Economics
New Interactive Reports on Women's Economic Empowerment

Closing the gender gap in the workforce could add a staggering $28 trillion to the global GDP—yet most countries still have laws that make it harder for women to work than men. Two new CFR interactiv…

A worker during the manufacturing process for a tablet computer at a factory in Egypt.

August 23, 2017

International Law
A Cyber Norms Hypothetical: What If the USS John S. McCain Was Hacked?

There has been some wild speculation that a foreign nation might have hacked the navigation systems on the USS John S. McCain. Assuming it is plausible, what would be the implications for internation…

The USS John S. McCain

May 31, 2017

China
What Would Trump Do if There Were Another Tiananmen Incident?

Margaret K. Lewis is a professor of law at Seton Hall University School of Law and a Fulbright research fellow at National Taiwan University School of Law. As the world reflects on this week’s ann…

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April 21, 2017

Cyber Week in Review: April 21, 2017

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed: 1. Cyber operations and tensions on the Korean Peninsula. There were two stories this week that …

April 12, 2017

Development
Big Data Is Filling Gender Data Gaps—And Pushing Us Closer to Gender Equality

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is authored by Emily Courey Pr…

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December 19, 2016

Technology and Innovation
Curious About Clean Energy Innovation? Take This Class

This fall, I created and taught a course at Georgetown University called “Clean Energy Innovation." The course, offered to undergraduates studying Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA…

Fabrication of an organic solar photovoltaic cell in the lab (BASF)

July 9, 2012

Infrastructure
Who’s to Blame for the Power Outages?

There’s nothing like six days without electricity in the middle of a record heat wave to leave one with the feeling that somebody must be doing something wrong. I shouldn’t really complain too much. …

Linemen work to try to restore power to a neighborhood in Falls Church, Virginia on July 3, 2012 (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters).