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January 24, 2012

Thailand
Forbes Looks Into the King of Thailand’s Wealth

A fascinating recent piece in Forbes discusses the new and palace-promoted biography of Rama IX, King Bhumibol Adulyadej: A Life’s Work. Although much of the biography apparently borders on hagiograp…

Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej leaves from Siriraj Hospital to the Grand Palace in Bangkok December 5, 2011.

October 23, 2019

Sierra Leone
Behind Sierra Leone’s Ambitious, Tech-Driven Development Plan

Sierra Leone currently ranks as one of the least developed countries in the world, with a GDP per capita of less than $300 and high levels of poverty. But President Julius Maada Bio has charted an ambitious development plan for the small West African country. Since 2017, President Bio has overseen increased investment in advanced technologies in the hopes of spurring development.

President Julius Maada Bio sits with his hands clasped at a desk.

September 27, 2019

Nigeria
U.S. Arrests Celebrated Nigerian Entrepreneur for Fraud

In August, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) indicted eighty people for what it described as “the largest case of online fraud in U.S. history.” Seventy-seven of them were Nigerian. Separately, also indicted for computer and wire fraud was Obinwanne Okeke. He is accused of defrauding a subsidiary of Caterpillar of $11 million.

A car is parked on the street that says "FBI Police" on it.

August 23, 2019

South Korea
Japan-South Korea Tensions Are Eroding Security in Northeast Asia

The United States must protect the alliance architecture in Northeast Asia from internal threats, so that it will be prepared if and when external threats come its way.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo poses with Japanese counterpart Taro Kono and South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha after a meeting on the sidelines of the ASEAN and dialogue partners foreign ministers' meeting in Bangkok, Thailand August 2, 2019.

July 29, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
A Feminist Approach to Humanitarian Support

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This post is authored by Kristin Kim Bart, …

Women line up to received food at a camp for displaced victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Indonesia.

July 16, 2019

North Korea
What to Know About Sanctions on North Korea

Kim Jong-un hopes a summit with President Trump will lead to sanctions relief, while experts disagree over whether increased pressure would push Pyongyang toward denuclearization.

A woman works at a textile mill in Pyongyang, North Korea.

July 1, 2019

North Korea
Trump-Kim DMZ Meeting: Is Kim Jong-un Foil, Friend, or Foe?

Without proper preparations, what can a handshake at the DMZ deliver?

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April 30, 2019

Nigeria
Dangote’s Oil Refinery Central to Nigeria Meeting Its Production Goals

On April 25, the managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru, said that Aliko Dangote's new Lagos oil refinery is central to the government meeting its ambi…

Nigeria-Dangote-Oil-Refinery-Construction

February 25, 2019

South Korea
Korean Support For U.S. Troops Remains High Despite Upcoming Trump-Kim Summit

In a matter of days, Donald J. Trump and Kim Jong-un will meet to build upon progress made in the June 2018 Singapore Declaration, in which both sides pledged to normalize relations, achieve peace, a…

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February 15, 2019

South Korea
Will Trump and Kim be Bound Together by Strength or Weakness?

Despite both leaders’ desire to highlight their own achievements, the second summit’s outcome may be determined more by the ability of each side to respond to each other’s weaknesses than by the abil…

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