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November 19, 2019

Burkina Faso
The Roots of Burkina Faso’s Crisis

Burkina Faso is in trouble. The shocking ambush of a Canadian mining company’s convoy earlier this month was part of a relentless series of deadly attacks perpetrated both by terrorist organizations and by domestic criminal groups that have claimed hundreds of lives, forced nearly half a million people from their homes, and gravely shaken domestic and international confidence in the country’s security services.

A pro-democracy protester holds up a Burkina Faso flag at Place de la Nation in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, November 2, 2014

November 15, 2019

Sri Lanka
Human Rights and the Sri Lankan Election

Sri Lanka will hold its presidential election on November 16. In the decade since the end of its long-running internal conflict, lack of progress on human rights, reconciliation, and accountability h…

Woman in crowd holding candle

November 13, 2019

United States
A Big Borrower and a Giant Corporate Tax Dodge? How Best to Describe the U.S. External Balance Sheet

Most grandiose explanations for the United States' persistent surplus in the income balance of the U.S. current account miss the mark. The U.S. debt position tracks the sum of past current account de…

A Big Borrower and a Giant Corporate Tax Dodge? How Best to Describe the U.S. External Balance Sheet

November 8, 2019

Election 2020
Foreign Policy Roundup: Climate Change, the Middle East, and Defense Policy

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy on the campaign trail.

Elizabeth Warren speaks to a crowd in Raleigh.

November 8, 2019

Nigeria
Middle Class Nigerians Struggle to Afford Housing in Lagos

Housing for professionals working in the modern economy are challenged in most of the world’s mega-cities. Lagos is no exception, as profiled by the BBC. Its reporter estimates that “middle-to-high-income” housing can cost between $5,000 and $40,000 a year. But the practice of paying a year’s worth of rent upfront sets Lagos apart: the BBC’s reporter was asked for between $11,000 and $22,000 for a two-bedroom apartment with electricity in a good Lagos neighborhood, Victoria Island.

Yachts seen docked at the marina in front of housing complex building

November 6, 2019

Election 2020
The President’s Inbox: Should the United States Do Less Overseas?

The latest episode of The President’s Inbox is now live. The Iowa caucuses, the formal start of the presidential nominating process, are just three months away. Given that elections matter for U.S. f…

An American flag flies on the edge of the Atlantic ocean.

November 4, 2019

India
India Says No to Trade Bloc. Will It Ever Say Yes to Tough Reforms?

It shouldn’t really surprise that in the end, after seven long years of deliberation, India decided against joining the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The Narendra Modi govern…

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha shake hands at the RCEP summit in Bangkok, Thailand

November 1, 2019

Election 2020
Foreign Policy Roundup: Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, Israel, and Campaign Advisors

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy on the campaign trail.

Bernie Sanders speaks at the J Street National Conference in Washington, DC, on October 28.

November 1, 2019

Ireland
Ireland’s Statistical Cry for Help…

Ireland's tax authorities have made the job of Ireland's statistical authorities almost impossible.   The distortions in the Irish data are now so big that the impact the data for the entire euro are…

Ireland’s Statistical Cry for Help…

October 30, 2019

Cybersecurity
How Much Cyber Sovereignty is Too Much Cyber Sovereignty?

China has championed the idea of 'cyber sovereignty'. While the U.S. and its allies have long opposed this concept, it has become more attractive to some countries as a way of managing cyber threats …

Supporters of Net Neutrality protest the FCC's decision to repeal the program in Los Angeles, California, November 28, 2017.