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February 13, 2019

Middle East and North Africa
Bad Reputation: The Swift Decline of U.S. Soft Power in the Middle East

What a late-night meal in Italy taught me about American Exceptionalism 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.

March 19, 2019

South Korea
The U.S.-ROK Alliance and Policy Coordination Toward China

The United States and South Korea should establish a regularized mechanism to enhance dialogue, coordination, and cooperation on policies and strategies related to China.

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March 18, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: March 9–15

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from March 9 to 15, 2019.

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November 1, 2018

Donald Trump
Trump Policy in the Middle East

What has been the effect of two years of Trump policy in the Middle East? In the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz (and behind their pay wall), I argue that: When Donald Trump arrived in office U.S. in…

March 7, 2019

Nigeria
Democracy in Nigeria Has Stalled

On February 23, President Muhammadu Buhari was elected to a second term, defeating the chief opposition candidate and former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. As always, there was more violence associated with the elections than received attention in the Western media, but fortunately there was no spike when the Independent National Elections Commission (INEC) announced the results. Despite the elections’ significant shortcomings, most Nigerians appear to accept the results. 

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March 7, 2019

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
The Lingering Specter of Nuclear War

Technological innovation and strategic competition appear to be increasing the risk of nuclear war. Mending the fraying international nuclear nonproliferation and arms control regimes should be a top…

A vehicle carrying a Russian Topol-M ICBM drives across Red Square in a Victory Day Parade in Moscow on May 9, 2008.

March 5, 2019

Technology and Innovation
Innovating Africa Out of Poverty

Known for his ground-breaking business theories on “jobs to be done,” Professor Clayton Christensen of Harvard Business School has a new book on disruptive innovation, The Prosperity Paradox: How Innovation Can Lift Nations Out Of Poverty. I sat down with the book’s co-author, Efosa Ojomo, who leads the global prosperity research at the Clayton Christensen Institute, to learn how policymakers can apply the book’s findings in Africa.

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February 27, 2019

Nigeria
Questions About the Nigerian Presidential Elections

The Independent National Elections Commission (INEC) has announced that Nigeria’s incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari has been re-elected, defeating former vice-president Atiku Abubakar by a substan…

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February 25, 2019

Iran
The U.S. Message on Iran is Reminiscent of 2002

The march to war against Iran is echoing the drumbeats of America's last major Middle Eastern invasion.

Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Mark Milley, President Donald Trump, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel Dailey and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo salute as a military honor guard carries the casket of Scott Wirtz, a civilian employee of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency killed along with three members of the U.S. military during a recent attack in Syria, past them during a dignified transfer ceremony at Dover Air Force Base, in Dover, Delaware, U.S., January 19, 2019.

February 16, 2019

World Order
Atlantic Charter 2.0: A “Declaration of Principles for Freedom, Prosperity, and Peace”

Leading global figures have released a new "Declaration of Principles for Freedom, Prosperity, and Peace." Call it Atlantic Charter 2.0. 

Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill meet off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, in 1941.