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July 28, 2011

Palestinian Territories
Aid Grants Reveal Saudi Priorities

In June, Saudi Arabia granted Jordan $400 million in aid. This week, the Saudis added a billion dollars more, and this $1.4 billion is cash—not loans, not investments, but budget support. This amou…

November 9, 2018

Religion
American Jews and Israel

Everyone knows that American Jews are becoming increasingly distant from and disenchanted with the State of Israel. Articles and books expound on this subject regularly. And everyone knows why: Israe…

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 31, 2018

Comoros
Authoritarianism in Comoros Is Resurgent

Earlier this month, protests against Comoran President Azali Assoumani turned violent, as armed protesters squared off against the military in the old town of Mutsamudu. Located on the archipelagic country’s island of Anjouan, the city has seen a wave of protests from locals following Assoumani’s victory in a controversial referendum, which upends the country’s power-sharing arrangement, held earlier this summer.

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October 25, 2018

Ethiopia
A Step Forward for Women in African Politics

In a cabinet reshuffle last week, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appointed ten female ministers, comprising half of the all cabinet posts. Days later, Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame announced that Rwanda’s new cabinet would also be gender-balanced. The Ethiopian parliament elected its first female president, Sahle-Work Zewde.

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October 19, 2018

Saudi Arabia
U.S. Must Shed Its Illusions About Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince

The United States should draw a distinction between Saudi Arabia and the Crown Prince.

October 16, 2018

Sexual Violence
The Nobel Committee’s #MeToo Moment

The Norwegian Nobel Committee had its #MeToo moment last week, awarding its peace prize to two courageous leaders in the fight against sexual violence in armed conflict. 

Nobel Peace Prize 2018 winners Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege.

October 12, 2018

Afghanistan War
Global Conflict This Week: Ukraine Joins NATO Air Exercises

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

U.S. military in Ukraine for war games

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 11, 2018

China
Christianity in China

Tens of millions of Chinese now identify as Christians, and the number has grown rapidly, posing challenges for a government that is officially atheist and wary of threats to its power.

Chinese Catholics attend an Ash Wednesday mass at a state-sanctioned church in Beijing.