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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…

Statoil-Norway-oil-governance-development-Revenue-Watch-resource-curse

January 16, 2019

Somalia
Al-Shabab

Al-Shabab remains capable of carrying out massive attacks in Somalia and surrounding countries despite a long-running African Union offensive against the Islamist group. 

Al-Shabab in Somalia

January 14, 2019

China
To Boost Flagging Growth, China Doubles Down on Its Least Productive Sector

China’s leaders have vowed to boost flagging economic growth with greater government spending on infrastructure. Is this a wise bet? Since 2010, China has spent roughly eight percent of GDP on…

To Boost Flagging Growth, China Doubles Down on Its Least Productive Sector

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…

December 26, 2018

Global
Fifty Years After "Earthrise," We Are Racing Toward "Earthset"

Fifty years ago, a photo of Earth rising beyond the lunar horizon captivated the world and inspired the modern environmental movement. Humans have since despoiled the planet to the brink of environme…

Earth rises beyond the lunar horizon.

December 7, 2018

Saudi Arabia
OPEC’s Bigger Problems

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) decision to cut oil production by 1.2 million barrels a day (b/d), together with Russia and a few other non-OPEC producers, may have garnered …

Oil pours out of a spout.

October 19, 2018

Saudi Arabia
U.S. Must Shed Its Illusions About Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince

The United States should draw a distinction between Saudi Arabia and the Crown Prince.

October 2, 2018

Donald Trump
A Blue Wave Won’t Rescue China

The U.S. congressional midterm elections are just six weeks away. The good folks over at ChinaUSFocus.com noticed all of the talk about a Democratic win after all the votes are counted on November 6…

Blue Wave

October 1, 2018

China
A Blue Wave Won’t Rescue China

A “blue wave” in November isn’t likely to provide an off-ramp for what is shaping up as a years-long struggle between the United States and China over trade policy.

BlueWave

September 25, 2018

Cybersecurity
The Implications of Defending Forward in the New Pentagon Cyber Strategy

The concept of "defend forward" is heavily emphasized in the new Department of Defense cyber strategy. Despite what others may think, defending forward in cyberspace is not a new concept. 

CyberCommand