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January 24, 2019

Venezuela
Venezuela: The Rise and Fall of a Petrostate

Venezuela’s descent into economic and political chaos in recent years is a cautionary tale of the dangerous influence that resource wealth can have on developing countries.

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January 23, 2019

United States
Ten Facts About the State of the Union Address

President Donald Trump says he will deliver his second State of the Union address next Tuesday night as planned. The question is, where will he deliver it? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week cit…

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January 14, 2019

United States
Guns, Tech, and Steel: The Wall Debate and Digital Technologies in Border Security

The president's push to "build the wall" fails to grasp the role of modern technology in policing U.S. borders.

U.S. President Donald Trump puts his hand on a drone aircraft used to patrol the border at U.S. Customs and Border Patrol facility in Yuma, Arizona, U.S., August 22, 2017.

January 11, 2019

South Africa
Reconciling the South African Military’s Mission With Its Budget

There is mismatch between what the government asks and expects South African National Defense Forces (SANDF) to do and the money allocated to carry out its missions. The SANDF budget declined again for this fiscal year and stands at only around 1 percent of GDP. (By contrast, the budget for education is just under 5 percent of GDP.) 

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January 7, 2019

India
Women This Week: A Wall of Women

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering December 30 to January 5, was compiled wi…

Women hold placards in a solidarity rally in support of "Women's Wall" organised by the women in the southern state of Kerala to pledge for gender equality in the southern state.

February 16, 2018

Liberia
Liberia’s Johnson-Sirleaf Awarded the Mo Ibrahim Prize for African Leadership

The foundation’s prize committee stated that Sirleaf had shown exceptional leadership, and noted that Liberia was the only African country out of fifty-four to improve in every category of its Index of African Governance.

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December 27, 2018

United States
Ten American Foreign Policy Influentials Who Died in 2018

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2018 who through…

President George H.W. Bush greets troops in Saudi Arabia during a 1990 Thanksgiving visit.

December 20, 2018

International Economic Policy
China's November Trade and the U.S. Trade Data from October

Both China and the U.S. provided their respective snapshots on the state of global trade earlier this month… The U.S. October trade data showed that the U.S. imports continue to grow at a robust c…

China's November Trade and the U.S. Trade Data from October

December 13, 2018

China
Why Hasn't China Needed to Intervene More This Year?

The prospects for moving from a three month truce to a more durable ceasefire and eventual resolution of the current trade conflict with China have become a central focus of global markets. The is…

Why Hasn't China Needed to Intervene More This Year?

November 15, 2018

United States
Presidents and War Powers

PDF Version. A review of Michael Beschloss, “Presidents of War” (Crown Books, 2018).  *** The U.S. Constitution vests the president with “executive power” and provides that “The President sh…

Lectern with presidential seal