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December 29, 2020

2020 in Review
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2020

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2020 who shaped U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten world figu…

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen attends a memorial service for late Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui at a chapel of Aletheia University in New Taipei City, Taiwan September 19, 2020.

October 1, 2020

Niger
How to Build Better Militaries in Africa: Lessons from Niger

Niger is a key partner of the U.S. in West Africa. The United States provides a range of assistance to Niger, but the country stands out because strategic-level reforms have been taken seriously by both the United States and the partner country. 

Nigerien soldier, wearing fatigues, sunglasses, a brown hat, and with a gun resting on his shoulder, stands guard.

August 25, 2020

Nigeria
Niger Attack Demonstrates Islamic State in West Africa’s Growing Reach

The area between Niamey, Niger and Niger State, Nigeria will not be spared from jihadist groups’ attacks any longer and ISWA’s two branches, Shekau’s faction, and Ansaru will all be competing for recruits in the same areas.

Six Nigerian soldiers, in an armored truck, hold up a flag seized from Boko Haram. The flag is black, with a white circle in the middle with black Arabic writing.

April 22, 2020

Trade
When the Services Trade Data Tells You More About Tax Avoidance Than About Actual Trade…

In theory, there is a strong case for trade in services—specialization raises the productivity of all. Yet the actual data on U.S. trade in services tells a less appealing story. Far too much trad…

A woman passes a new offices construction site in St Helier, Jersey, Britain, November 9, 2017.

December 22, 2017

Zimbabwe
Sweet Deal for Zimbabwe’s Mugabe as Allies Face Jail or Exile

Robert Mugabe receives immunity for himself, a $10 million exit package, and protection for his wife Grace as his former allies face jail time as President Mnangagwa cracks down on the "criminals" that were allegedly behind his removal as vice president.

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January 31, 2020

China
Lessons From Phase One of the Trade War With China

With the phase one trade deal signed—and with China now promising (somewhat credibly in my view) to raise its imports of agriculture and energy above their pre-trade war levels and (less credibly) pr…

Lessons From Phase One of the Trade War With China

December 2, 2013

Israel
Homes Not So Sweet for Israeli Officials

There were more complaints last weekend about Prime Minister Netanyahu’s spending on his official residence in Jerusalem and private home in Caesarea. Without commenting directly on the expense budg…

October 9, 2019

India
Xi Jinping to India: Mamallapuram Edition

The Indian government announced today that Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit India later this week for an “informal summit” with Prime Minister Narendra Modi beginning October 11. The leader-le…

Modi and Xi in China

October 8, 2019

Iran
1970s Oil Crisis Redux or Oil Price Rout?

It has been four weeks since a major military attack on critical oil facilities in Saudi Arabia shocked the world and very little has happened to suggest such an event couldn’t happen again. That beg…

Some Motorists Ran Out of Gas Such as This Man in Portland and Had to Stand in Line with a Gas Can During the Fuel Crisis in the Pacific Northwest.

September 26, 2013

Health
Emerging Voices: Lynn ElHarake on International Family Planning Efforts

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is by Lynn ElHarake, research associ…

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