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June 14, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
U.S. Congressional Delegation Visits South Africa

To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s “Ripples of Hope” speech at the University of Cape Town, a congressional delegation (codel) visited South Africa the last week of May. I…

U.S. Congressional Delegation Visits South Africa

June 24, 2016

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2016 Friday Foreign Policy Roundup: Trump Gives Brexit a Thumbs Up

Global markets aren’t happy with the British vote to exit the European Union. But Donald Trump sure is. At a press conference for the opening of his new luxury golf resort, Trump Turnberry in western…


June 5, 2015

Cyber Week in Review: June 5, 2015

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed: Roughly four million U.S. government employees will receive notifications that their personal…

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May 15, 2015

United States
You Might Have Missed: Islamic Violence, the Bush Legacy, and Rubio on Libya

Michael Morell, with Bill Harlow, The Great War of Our Time: The CIA’s Fight Against Terrorism from Al Qa’ida to ISIS (New York, NY: Twelve, 2015), p. 63. [On September 15, 2001], a senior State Dep…

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May 26, 2015

Technology and Innovation
The World Needs Post-Silicon Solar Technologies

In his 2007 keynote address to the Materials Research Society, Caltech Professor Nate Lewis surveyed global energy consumption and concluded that out of all the renewable options, only solar power co…

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April 22, 2015

Five Quick Takeaways From the First Two Days of the RSA Conference

The madness that is the RSA Conference is well underway. Here are five quick takeaways from the first day and a half: 1. We may be in San Francisco, but the center of the cybersecurity world is Wash…

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January 9, 2015

Cyber Week in Review: January 9, 2015

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed: As part of its response to the Sony hack, the White House announced sanctions targeting North…

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December 22, 2014

United States
Ten Americans Who Died in 2014 Who Shaped U.S. Foreign Policy

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also a time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2014 who throu…


November 3, 2014

United States
Ten Histories of the Cold War Worth Reading

Sunday marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. For those of us who grew up during the Cold War it was an unforgettable moment—one we hoped for but didn’t necessarily expect…


June 2, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria: Addressing Boko Haram’s Roots

This is a guest post by Jim Sanders, a career, now retired, West Africa watcher for various federal agencies. The views expressed below are his personal views and do not reflect those of his former e…

People carry signs as they attend a protest demanding the release of abducted secondary school girls in the remote village of Chibok, in Lagos May 9, 2014.