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June 18, 2019

Iran
The Strait of Hormuz: A U.S.-Iran Maritime Flash Point

The narrow and congested Mideast waterway has become a site of escalating U.S.-Iran tensions. Conflict in the wake of tanker attacks there could jolt global oil supplies.

Iranian sailors pass oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz

June 14, 2019

Iran
Taking on Tehran

The Trump administration's pressure on Iran has created an opening for diplomacy.

Secretary Pompeo speaks on Iran

June 12, 2019

Global Governance
It’s the Global Economy, Stupid!

Experts from the Council of Councils rank managing the global economy the second highest priority on the global agenda and graded the world's performance on the issue a middling C+. 

A trader at the stock exchange reacts to the election of Donald Trump in Frankfurt, Germany on November 9, 2016.

June 12, 2019

Israel
Israel Is at Peace (With Itself)

The country can’t form a government, its peace process is permanently stalled—and things have never been better.

Jewish youth wave Israeli flags as they participate in a march marking "Jerusalem Day", near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City June 2, 2019.

June 7, 2019

China
Is OPEC China's Problem?

The decision by the United States to wind down waivers on U.S. sanctions against Iranian oil exports has laid bare some new realities about oil geopolitics that were previously not well understood. O…

A crude oil tanker is seen at Qingdao Port, Shandong province, China, April 21, 2019. Picture taken April 21, 2019.

February 13, 2019

Middle East and North Africa
The Middle East Doesn’t Admire America Anymore

What a late-night meal in Italy taught me about U.S. power in the Arab world.

A woman stands next to an inflatable tank with U.S. President Donald Trump outside an art exhibition 'MonuMental' by the pseudonymous artist, Saint Hoax in downtown Beirut, Lebanon October 12, 2018

May 31, 2019

Israel
How to Read Israel’s Election Turmoil

Israel’s politics have been upended for much of this year by elections and are now set to be disrupted for much of the rest, while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces likely indictment on corrupt…

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the media at the Knesset in Jerusalem.

May 28, 2019

Global
See How Much You Know About Maritime Policy and Disputes

Test your knowledge of maritime policy and disputes, from the Arctic to the South China Sea.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) participate in a photo exercise with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyers JS Hamagiri (DD-155), JS Samidare (DD-106), JS Umigiri (DD-158), JS Yudachi (DD-103) in the Philippine Sea.

May 27, 2019

Vietnam
Vietnam Looks To Be Winning Trump's Trade War

Vietnam's exports to the U.S. are growing fast.   It also runs an overall current account surplus. If it has resumed purchasing dollars in the foreign exchange market to keep its currency from app…

Vietnam Looks To Be Winning Trump's Trade War

May 24, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: May 24, 2019

This week: Huawei feels global effect of Trump administration order; Qualcomm loses in antitrust action; Washington calls for regulation of facial recognition; Facebook enforces its content rules; an…

A scratched surface Huawei logo is seen on a smarthphone in this illustration picture