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June 27, 2018

South Africa
Even as Winter Rains Come to Cape Town, Water Scarcity Is Here to Stay

In 2017, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille declared the Western Cape a disaster area because of the drought. In March, the ruling African National Congress’ minister for cooperative governance, Zweli Mkhize, declared a national state of emergency. However, with the arrival of winter rains, Mkhize did not renew the state of emergency when it expired on June 13.

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November 28, 2017

United Nations
A Conversation With Jeffrey Feltman

Jeffrey Feltman discusses his five years as undersecretary-general for political affairs at the United Nations (UN), the role of the UN in mediating and preventing conflict, and the relationship betw…

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February 9, 2018

South Korea
The Pyeongchang Winter Olympiad and South Korea’s Diplomatic Goals

South Korea branded the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics as the “Peace Olympics” as part of its campaign to win rights to host the games. Just months ago, the phrase seemed empty as Donald Trump and Kim J…

The Olympics Are Here and the Stakes Are High for South Korea

February 12, 2014

Winter Break

Dear Readers, There will be light blogging for the next week because...well...you can see why. Thanks!

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November 10, 2018

United States
Happy 243rd Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

The Marine Corps turns 243 years-old today. On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution to create a Marine force composed of two battalions. Since then, the Marines have been …

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November 2, 2018

United States
Stephen Kotkin’s “Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929–1941” Wins 2018 CFR Arthur Ross Book Award

November 2, 2018—Professor Stephen Kotkin has won the seventeenth annual Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Arthur Ross Book Award for Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929–1941 (Random House), the second…

November 1, 2018

Donald Trump
Trump Policy in the Middle East

What has been the effect of two years of Trump policy in the Middle East? In the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz (and behind their pay wall), I argue that: When Donald Trump arrived in office U.S. in…

October 26, 2018

Europe
Renewable Energy, Russian Natural Gas and the Lesson of January 2006

The problem with the “energy weapon” is that it is notorious for backfiring. That fact couldn’t have rung truer than this week when it was reported that Germany, a major natural gas importer in Europ…

The LNG tanker "Clean Ocean" is pictured during the first U.S. delivery of liquefied natural gas to LNG terminal in Swinoujscie, Poland June 8, 2017.

October 18, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Can The Oil Threat Spare Saudi Arabia from America’s Wrath?

Threatening a price hike might work in the short term, but it would come with serious costs to the kingdom’s reputation as a moderating influence on oil markets.

Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih

January 16, 2018

South Korea
The Winter Olympics and the Paradox of South Korea’s Global Reach and Its Regional Constraint

The war of words between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in recent months has virtually drowned out the voice of South Korea, which has an existential stake in the avoidance of full-blown conflict on th…

The Winter Olympics and the Paradox of South Korea’s Global Reach and Its Regional Constraint