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December 19, 2018

Global
Seven Silver Linings in 2018

This year saw progress in areas from species comebacks to space exploration.

Students celebrate in front of Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital after twelve soccer players and their coach were rescued from the Tham Luang cave complex in Thailand.

December 18, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
Some Thoughts on President Trump’s Strategy for Africa

On December 13, Ambassador John Bolton, President Donald J. Trump’s national security advisor, delivered the administration’s long-awaited encyclical on Africa before an overflow audience at the Heritage Foundation. In a typically blunt manner, Ambassador Bolton characterized China’s policies toward Africa as rapacious and neo-colonial, expressing concern that China would use its leverage over states heavily indebted to it in return for a monopolistic hold on the continent’s natural resource bounty.

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December 14, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africans Comprise a Large and Growing Share of Migrants to Europe

The European Commission has announced that that migrant and refugee arrivals in Europe via the Mediterranean Sea number 134,004 in as of December 5, 2018, down from 179,536 during the same period in 2017. The year that saw the highest number of arrivals, 1,015,078, was 2015. While Italy experienced the biggest drop, arrivals actually increased in Spain and Greece. Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan have remained the largest countries of origin since 2014; since then, almost one million Syrians have sought asylum in the EU/Europe

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December 11, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Mohammed bin Salman Is Worse Than a Criminal. He’s a Symbol.

Why is everyone so angry about Saudi Arabia's crown prince? Jamal Khashoggi is only a small part of the story.

A demonstrator wearing a mask of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a protest outside the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, Turkey October 25, 2018. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

November 29, 2018

Economics
The Digital Key to Inclusive Growth

So far, it seems that the rise of the digital economy has already contributed to a broad pattern of income and job polarization in the developed world. Yet digital technology can play a powerful role…

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November 29, 2018

Digital Policy
Recap of the 2018 ITU Plenipotentiary: From Connecting the World to Investigating Digital Applications and Services

ITU’s role in internet-related activities have long been among the most divisive issues among its member states. But at this year's plenipotentiary a new area of intense debate emerged.

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November 27, 2018

Brazil
Latin America’s New Populism Isn’t About the Economy

Injustice, not economic class, is what’s turning voters against the political establishment. 

Mexico's President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during a rally as part of a tour to thank supporters for his victory in the July 1 election, in Mexico City, Mexico September 29, 2018.

November 20, 2018

Yemen
Yemen's Long Road to Peace

The United States can do more to support negotiation efforts in Yemen and help the parties find a workable, sustainable solution to the conflict.

People walk past a house destroyed by an airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen.

November 16, 2018

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: November 16, 2018

This week: France wants to be a norm entrepreneur in cyberspace, Facebook works with French regulators, U.S. law enforcement want Alexa data, and cybercrime at the United Nations. 

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November 13, 2018

Brazil
WhatsApp’s Influence in the Brazilian Election and How It Helped Jair Bolsonaro Win

Brazil’s digital environment is a fertile ground for innovative strategies to spread polarizing content with the intent of manipulating public debate.

Brazil Election Victory 2018