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February 1, 2018

Somalia
Somaliland: The Horn of Africa’s Breakaway State

The would-be independent state strikes a contrast with Somalia as a place of relative peace and democratic stability, but international recognition has remained out of reach.

A girl participates in a street parade in Hargeisa to celebrate Somaliland's self-declared independence.

November 6, 2019

Election 2020
The President’s Inbox Election 2020 Series: America’s Role in the World

The latest episode of The President’s Inbox is now live. The Iowa caucuses, the formal start of the presidential nominating process, are just three months away. Given that elections matter for U.S. f…

An American flag flies on the edge of the Atlantic ocean.

May 22, 2019

Indonesia
Indonesia’s Election Exposes Growing Religious Divide

The election results show a hardening of voting patterns along religious, ethnic, and geographic lines, a troubling development for a multiracial and religiously diverse Indonesia.

Protesters wearing medical masks hold their first in the air during a demonstration in Jakarta.

June 5, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Polio is Back in the Horn of Africa

In April, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported the new presence of wild polio virus type 1 (WPV1) in the Banadir region of Somalia. The initial victim was a thirty-two month old girl. By the …

A newly arrived Somali refugee child receives a polio drop at the Ifo extension refugee camp in Dadaab, near the Kenya-Somalia border, August 1, 2011.

October 3, 2019

Somalia
Diplomatic Progress in Somalia

The re-opening of the U.S. Embassy in Mogadishu, Somalia, is welcome news to many who have worked on U.S. policy issues in the Horn of Africa for decades. It represents not just a positive step in strengthening bilateral relations, but also a victory over those who would prioritize risk-aversion  ahead of the actual work of diplomacy

Italian and Somali security forces are seen near armored vehicles at the scene of an attack on an Italian military convoy in Mogadishu, Somalia September 30, 2019

July 13, 2016

Defense and Security
Rogue Justice: A Conversation with Karen Greenberg

Today I spoke with Karen Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School. We spoke about her comprehensive account of the national security legal debates since 9/11 in he…

Rogue Justice

July 13, 2016

Defense and Security
Rogue Justice: A Conversation with Karen Greenberg

Today I spoke with Karen Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School. We spoke about her comprehensive account of the national security legal debates since 9/11 in he…

Podcast Rogue Justice

October 3, 2019

Food and Water Security
Down the Hunger Spiral: Pathways to the Disintegration of the Global Food System

For a precarious global agricultural system with powerful feedback loops, business as usual means widespread hunger and embedded systemic risk.

A drought-stricken field in Drenje, Croatia.

October 7, 2015

Technology and Innovation
Karen Kornbluh Joins Net Politics

I am pleased to announce that Karen Kornbluh, senior fellow for digital policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, is contributing to Net Politics. Karen served as U.S. ambassador in Paris to the…

September 24, 2019

South Africa
South Africa Making Progress Against Rhino Poaching

Barbara Creecy, South Africa’s Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries announced on World Rhino Day a substantial decline in the poaching of South Africa’s rhinos. In June 2019, 318 were poached, compared to 386 during the same period last year. South Africa has up to 80 percent of the global population of twenty thousand rhinoceroses.

A rhino faces the camera in tall grass and bush next to a dead tree.