May 13, 2011
U.S. Mideast Envoy George Mitchell in Cairo December 15, 2010. (Amr Dalsh/Courtesy Reuters) George Mitchell resigned today as the president’s special envoy for the Middle East. Mitchell was appointe…
June 12, 2019China
China's 2018 trade surplus fell by a bit more than I would have expected, and it wasn't all because of higher commodity imports. Imports of manufactures were strong relative to export growth. Could t…
August 6, 2015Cuba
Secretary of State Kerry will visit Cuba soon--on August 14. Since the opening of diplomatic relations and of the Cuban embassy in Washington, what’s been going on in Cuba? More repression. There w…
April 24, 2019Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Working toward a definition of lethal autonomous weapons systems contributes to the creation of norms, even in the absence of binding legal instruments.
January 23, 2019Niger
The BBC cites data from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which are probably the best available. According to IOM, in 2015 there were 6,000 traffickers in the Agadez region of Niger who transported some 340,000 migrants across the Sahara to Libya. The migrants were eventually bound for Europe. They came from all over West Africa to Agadez, long a center of the cross Sahara trade.
August 16, 2019Afghanistan
Should the Haqqani network manage a collapse of the Afghan government, Pakistan threatens to make winning the next war more difficult than previous ones.
August 15, 2019Nigeria
In August, the ailing Sheikh Ibrahim el-Zakzaky and his wife, who have been in government custody since 2015, was allowed to receive medical attention abroad. He touched down in Delhi on August 13, though his visit has been mired in controversy.
August 15, 2019United States
As politicians, Ronald Reagan and Elizabeth Warren are opposites. He wanted to unleash the power of the market; she wants to curtail its abuses. But for all of their policy differences, the two share…