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May 23, 2013

Energy and Environment
Governing Natural Resources Wisely

The Revenue Watch Institute has just released its 2013 Resource Governance Index and accompanying report, measuring countries’ transparency and accountability in the governance of oil, gas, and minin…

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December 15, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
(Mostly) Wise Words About Saudi Arabia

The Council on Foreign Relations has just published an excellent Council Special Report entitled “Saudi Arabia in the New Middle East,” by F. Gregory Gause III. Prof. Gause is, as always, worth readi…

October 18, 2019

West Africa
Worrying Trends in Côte d'Ivoire

Several successive years of being one of the world’s fastest-growing economies have made Côte d'Ivoire a darling of investors bullish about Africa. But the country’s strong economic performance has not been matched by political progress in overcoming the divides that drove the country into civil war twice in the last twenty years. With elections scheduled for 2020, many of the same antagonists that featured in those earlier conflicts are jockeying for position, giving observers and citizens an unwelcome sense of déjà vu.

Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara of the Rally of the Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace (RHDP) party talks after casting his vote at a polling station during a presidential election in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire on October 25, 2015

October 8, 2019

Iran
1970s Oil Crisis Redux or Oil Price Rout?

It has been four weeks since a major military attack on critical oil facilities in Saudi Arabia shocked the world and very little has happened to suggest such an event couldn’t happen again. That beg…

Some Motorists Ran Out of Gas Such as This Man in Portland and Had to Stand in Line with a Gas Can During the Fuel Crisis in the Pacific Northwest.

September 18, 2019

South Africa
Why South Africa's Ramaphosa Is Skipping UNGA

Ramaphosa announced that he will not be going to New York this year for UNGA. South Africa’s delegation will be led by Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor. Ramaphosa says that, instead of attending UNGA, he will focus on a number of crises currently facing the country. He will work on implementing measures against gender-based violence and public violence, which almost certainly refers to the xenophobic attacks on foreigners.

Demonstrators hold signs, one of which reads "Just Want to Feel Safe."

September 13, 2019

United States
John Bolton’s Successor Will Struggle to Satisfy Donald Trump

Diplomacy could well come to occupy center stage for a president who relishes summitry.

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August 20, 2019

Trade
The Next Stage of the U.S.-China Trade War Will Be Much Worse

The trade war between the United States and China has entered a new and dangerous phase.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Chinese Vice Premier Liu

February 13, 2007

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Samore: N. Korean Deal a ‘Wise Compromise’ for Bush

CFR’s Gary Samore says the accord reached at the Six-Party Talks in Beijing was "a wise compromise" for the Bush administration.

August 6, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria's Political and Security Crises Boiling Over Across the Country

Over the past week, following another violent clash with the security services, the leader of a Shia movement was ordered to be granted bail; Borno state has been hit with massive attacks, taking the lives of scores of civilians and military personnel; and the leader of a small political party who is also the editor of Sahara Reporters, was arrested shortly before planned protests could begin. Government responses to these crises appear so far to have been ineffective.

Police officers pull two people on the ground next to a truck that says "Lagos State Taskforce."

July 30, 2019

Elections and Voting
Joe Sestak

CFR invited the presidential candidates challenging President Trump in the 2020 election to articulate their positions on twelve critical foreign policy issues. Candidates’ answers are posted exactly…

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