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June 25, 2019

Nigeria
The Potential U.S. Ambassadors to Nigeria and South Africa

Nigeria and South Africa have been the two African countries of greatest strategic importance to the United States. They are the two largest economies on the continent, and a major venue for U.S. investment. Historically, the United States and Nigeria have cooperated on African issues of mutual concern.

US Representative to the African Union Mary Beth Leonard looks on during a joint press conference with Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and US ambassador to Ethiopia at the US Embassy in Addis Ababa, on November 30, 2018

March 5, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Emerging Voices: Leonard Wantchekon on a Global University in West Africa

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is from Leonard Wantchekon, founder …

somalia mogadishu african school of economics

December 27, 2017

United States
Ten American Foreign Policy Influentials Who Died in 2017

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 2017 who through…

American obituaries

September 29, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
Weekend Reading: The Yom Kippur War

Who knew that Leonard Cohen flew to Israel during the conflict to sing to Israeli troops?   From Disaster to (Limited) Victory. An Egyptian officer’s view of the Ramadan War.

Israeli Tanks Cross the Suez Canal

June 23, 2017

U.S. Foreign Policy
You Might Have Missed: Academic Journals VI

This is the sixth blog post in this series. The previous five were published in February, July, and October 2015, and January and May 2016, and highlight earlier academic findings. This post was coau…

woman looks into a book

January 2, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
American Foreign Policy Toward Africa

For many of us, the American lack of attention toward Africa is short-sighted and frustrating. It is to the great credit of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy that it has devoted the e…

People stand and walk at a beach in the old port of Mogadishu November 13, 2013.

March 13, 2013

Fossil Fuels
An Enlightening Study on Shale Gas and Water Quality

A team at Resources For the Future (RFF) led by Sheila Olmstead has a neat new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) that takes a rigorous look at water pollution due to…

February 28, 2012

Defense and Security
Lessons Learned: The Articles of Confederation

A new installment of “Lessons Learned” is now out. This week I discuss the Articles of Confederation, America’s first constitution. It entered into effect on March 1, 1781, after Maryland became the …

April 23, 2012

Conflict Prevention
Understanding Illicit Networks

We all know that, in recent decades, businesses have internationalized their operations like never before, but a less well-known result of globalization is that transnational criminal enterprises hav…

Police officers look on as a road roller is used to destroy confiscated pornographic DVDs and pirated publications in Xi'an

March 28, 2011

Nuclear Energy
How Not To Debate Nuclear Power

Frank von Hippel had a smart and sensible op-ed on nuclear power in the New York Times last Thursday. Alas the letters to the editor in response, published this past Saturday, make me doubt that seri…