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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

July 2, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria’s Beekeeping Operation Predicted to Generate $10 Billion

Though Nigeria, is urbanizing rapidly, roughly half of the population lives in rural areas, mostly mired in poverty. On June 24, Segun Awolowo, director general of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council, announced that honey and other beehive products could generate annually some $10 billion from local and international trade, aiding rural economies.

The director general of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council said that honey and other beehive products in Nigeria could generate $10 billion from local and international trade.

July 1, 2019

Japan
Seoul and Tokyo: No Longer on the Same Side

While many focus on the drama of President Donald J. Trump’s meeting with North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un, a far more worrisome transformation in Northeast Asian geopolitics is underway. Washington…

South Korean President Moon Jae-in is welcomed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe upon his arrival for a welcome and photo session at G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, on June 28, 2019.

July 1, 2019

China
China’s Bizarre May Intervention Numbers

With the Osaka Xi-Trump summit producing an indefinite "truce" that halts further escalation (at least for now), there is every reason to expect the yuan to remain stable. The intervention proxies (s…

China’s Bizarre May Intervention Numbers

June 27, 2019

Space
Big Bangs, Red Herrings, and the Dilemmas of Space Security

Policymakers should be careful not to focus to excess on the possibility of kinetic warfare in space.

The Small Satellite Orbital Deployer, in the grasp of the Kibo laboratory robotic arm, deploys a set of NanoRacks CubeSats.

June 26, 2019

Cybersecurity
Will the Future Bring Digital Trench Warfare Between the EU and China?

Four scenarios for the future of digital geopolitical conflicts

An attendant walks past EU and China flags ahead of the EU-China High-level Economic Dialogue at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China June 25, 2018.

June 20, 2019

Southeast Asia
Previewing This Weekend’s ASEAN Summit

The summit this weekend of leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), held in Bangkok, will probably be less contentious than some of the ASEAN summits earlier this decade, when t…

ASEAN leaders gather for a group photo during the opening ceremony of the 33rd ASEAN Summit in Singapore November 13, 2018.

June 20, 2019

Botswana
Personal Rivalries Overshadow Botswana's Democracy

The feud between current President Mokgweetsi Masisi and his predecessor and former boss, Ian Khama, sometimes reads like highlights of an overwrought soap opera. The latest dramatic turn saw Khama renouncing his membership in the party his revered father helped found, complaining that his legacy was being dismantled, and encouraging others to throw away their BDP membership cards.

Former Botswana President Ian Khama at the Botswana-South Africa Bi-National Commission (BNC) in Pretoria, South Africa, November 11, 2016.

June 18, 2019

Ethiopia
U.S. Should Acknowledge Critical Challenges for Ethiopia’s Transition

Anyone fishing for a good news story out of Africa recently has, rightly, celebrated Ethiopia, where dynamic young Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has dramatically opened political space, departing from decades or repressive, tightly controlled government. But Ethiopia faces real and urgent challenges, and it is critical that well-wishers not ignore them. Abiy has lifted the lid off of a pressure cooker—one his predecessors held in place with sometimes brutal force—and in some cases the result has not been euphoria, but rather messy, complex eruptions of communal violence.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sits at a desk in parliament and responds to questions

June 14, 2019

China
A Tale of Two Tariffs: China’s So Far Ineffective Tariffs on U.S. Manufacturing Exports

China's tariffs on U.S. commodities? A huge impact. Especially on bilateral trade. But also on global U.S. exports of soybeans. China's tariffs on U.S. manufactures? By comparison, a relative mode…

A Tale of Two Tariffs: China’s So Far Ineffective Tariffs on U.S. Manufacturing Exports