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June 19, 2019

Iran
Iran, the Strait of Hormuz, and Hard Power

I woke up this morning thinking I would write a blog explaining just how challenging it would be for Iran to close the Strait of Hormuz for a prolonged period of time. This is not to say that there c…

Explosions that damaged two tankers south of the Strait of Hormuz on June 13, 2019 come a month after four vessels were targeted in "sabotage attacks" off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.

December 14, 2016

Defense and Security
The Politics of Proliferation: A Conversation with Matthew Fuhrmann

I spoke with Matthew Fuhrmann, associate professor of political science at Texas A&M University, visiting associate professor at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperatio…

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June 3, 2019

Ukraine
Champions for Change: The Power of Women Peacemakers and Peacebuilders in Ukraine

Champions for Change is a series highlighting male allies working to advance equality across the globe. In this post, parting Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, Ambassador Apakan, …

Amb. Apakan addressing the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna.

April 25, 2019

Nigeria
Preaching, Power, and Private Jets in Nigeria

Bishop Oyedepo, head of the Living Faith World Outreach Ministry (Winner’s Chapel) is commonly regarded as the wealthiest preacher in Nigeria, with an estimated personal net worth of $150 million. His fleet of four jets includes a Gulfstream V, which cost $30 million.

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April 12, 2019

Southeast Asia
The Continued Power of Militaries in an Increasingly Autocratic World

Three events this week served as a reminder that, in a world where democracy is buffeted on many fronts—the rise of populists who often undermine the rule of law, a growing disinterest in democracy p…

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April 23, 2019

South Africa
Despite Challenges, South Africa’s ANC Likely to Remain in Power

The African National Congress (ANC) has governed South Africa since the end of apartheid and the transition to “non-racial” democracy in 1994. It has won more than 60 percent of vote in every national election since, though its share of the vote has been steadily declining. In a country fractured by race in which blacks—about 80 percent of the population—are much poorer than whites—about 9 percent—race is the largest factor in voting behavior.

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June 21, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: June 21, 2019

This week: Huawei anticipating a revenue hit amid continued U.S. crackdown; Facebook announced new cryptocurrency; reported U.S. cyber attacks on Russia’s power grid; Apple considering shifting suppl…

A small toy figure stands on representations of virtual currency in front of the Libra logo in this illustration picture, June 21, 2019.

June 21, 2019

Iran
Iran and Beyond: Interstate Conflict Grows More Palpable

As tensions between the United States and Iran increase, questions of conflict prevention and response loom large. 

An undated U.S. Air Force handout photo shows a RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft in mid-air.

June 21, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Swiss Women on Strike

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering June 8 to June 20, was compiled by Mallor…

Protesters at a demonstration during the women's strike (Frauenstreik) in Zurich, Switzerland June 14, 2019.

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.