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April 9, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
A Bloody Easter in Nigeria

For Christians -- and at least half of Nigeria’s population is Christian -- Easter is the Queen of Feasts, one of the two highest profile holidays of the year. (The other is Christmas.) Last Christma…

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November 1, 2018

International Organizations
The IMF: The World’s Controversial Financial Firefighter

The International Monetary Fund, both criticized and lauded for its efforts to promote financial stability, continues to find itself at the forefront of global economic crisis management.

IMF Director Christine Lagarde

October 12, 2018

United States
Happy 243rd Birthday to the U.S. Navy!

The U.S. Navy turns 243 years-old tomorrow. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned two ships, each with eighty sailors, “for intercepting such transports as may be laden with warl…

Navy Birthday 2018

October 1, 2018

United States
How Does the U.S. Spend Its Foreign Aid?

With President Donald J. Trump advocating for deep cuts to U.S. foreign aid, debate has renewed over the role of foreign assistance funds in boosting growth, promoting democracy, and saving lives.

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April 1, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Bloody Easter in Nigeria’s Middle Belt

Over Easter weekend there were at least fifty deaths attributable to ethnic and religious conflict near Jos in Plateau state in Nigeria’s Middle Belt. This time, based on media reports, most of the v…

A family gathers around the grave, where three murdered family members were buried together, in Jos in Nigeria's Plateau state, December 28, 2011.

August 28, 2018

United States
Foreign Investment and U.S. National Security

The United States and other Western countries are reevaluating their foreign investment regulations amid an uptick in Chinese interest in strategic sectors.

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August 9, 2018

Nigeria
Boko Haram Faction Releases Book on History and Ideology

The book likely represents the public views of one of Yusuf’s sons and the current ISWAP leader, Abu Musab al-Barnawi, who became very close to Abubakar Shekau after the former’s father was killed in 2009.

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November 29, 2012

Japan
Gerald L. Curtis: The Declinist Debate is a Diversion

This blog post is part of a series entitled Is Japan in Decline?, in which leading experts analyze Japan’s economy, politics, and society and give their assessment of Japan’s future. Is Japan in dec…

Buildings are silhouetted against the setting sun in front of Mount Fuji in Tokyo

January 26, 2018

United States
Ten Facts About the State of the Union Address

President Donald Trump is set to deliver his first official State of the Union address Tuesday night at 9 p.m. The White House has not revealed the details of the speech yet, but it will likely hit m…

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