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March 5, 2019

Technology and Innovation
Innovating Africa Out of Poverty

Known for his ground-breaking business theories on “jobs to be done,” Professor Clayton Christensen of Harvard Business School has a new book on disruptive innovation, The Prosperity Paradox: How Innovation Can Lift Nations Out Of Poverty. I sat down with the book’s co-author, Efosa Ojomo, who leads the global prosperity research at the Clayton Christensen Institute, to learn how policymakers can apply the book’s findings in Africa.

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February 28, 2019

Taiwan
Reducing the Risk of a China-Taiwan Conflict

A new memo from the Center for Preventive Action by Michael S. Chase details how the United States can prevent a cross-strait crisis or de-escalate one should it occur. 

Soldiers take part in a military drill in Taiwan

January 24, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa
Unpacking Africa’s 2019 GDP Growth Prospects

The World Bank released its annual Global Economic Prospects report for sub-Saharan Africa earlier this month, forecasting a GDP growth rate of 3.4 percent in sub-Saharan Africa for 2019. This is up from 2018 and represents a modest recovery from a downturn that began in 2015.

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February 15, 2012

Defense and Security
Guest Post: Why Guatemala’s Pérez Molina Is Considering Legalizing Drugs

This is a guest post by Natalie Kitroeff, a research associate here at the Council on Foreign Relations who works with me in the Latin America program. She received her BA from Princeton University’s…

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October 5, 2018

International Law
Thoughts on the ICJ’s Decision in Iran v United States and the Trump Administration’s Treaty Withdrawals

The following is a guest post by John B. Bellinger III, adjunct senior fellow for international and national security law at the Council on Foreign Relations. This post originally ran on Lawfare. …

A general view shows the International Court of Justice in The Hague

September 21, 2018

China
China Pledges $60 Billion in Financing to an Increasingly Debt-Distressed Africa

On September 3 and 4, leaders of fifty-three African nations gathered in Beijing for the seventh Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), where President Xi Jinping unveiled a new pledge of $60 billion in financing for Africa.

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August 24, 2018

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: August 24, 2018

This week: Australia bans Huawei and ZTE on 5G, a fight over access to Facebook Messenger communications, Russian telcos want money, phishers gonna phish, and Iranian information operations.

Huawei

April 21, 2016

Geoeconomics and Statecraft: A Conversation with Jennifer M. Harris

What is “geoeconomics” and how did it fall out of favor among U.S. officials and policymakers? How do countries like China and India use geoeconomic tools to pursue foreign policy interests? How coul…

Jennifer Harris Photo

August 1, 2012

Israel
Egypt-Israel Relations: Between Morsy and Peres (Perez)

One of the stranger episodes of Egypt-Israel relations in the post-Mubarak era occurred yesterday with the emergence of a letter—first reported by Haaretz’s Barak Ravid—ostensibly from the Egyptian p…

Egypt-Israel-Letter

July 9, 2018

China
U.S.-China Trade War: How We Got Here

Background reading for the trade war with China.

Staff members set up Chinese and U.S. flags for a meeting between Chinese Transport Minister Li Xiaopeng and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao at the Ministry of Transport of China in Beijing, China April 27, 2018