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May 10, 2019

United Kingdom
Archie, Africa, and the Commonwealth

The birth of Archie, the first son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, has led to British media speculation, picked-up by the New York Times, that the Queen (actually, in conjunction with the Theresa May government) may dispatch them to Africa for a undetermined period. Their role, beyond lubricating the UK’s ties with its former African colonies, would be to build support for the Commonwealth of Nations. It would also get the Royal couple out of the media circus surrounding Archie’s birth. There is further speculation that Archie’s mixed race would make the family particularly attractive to Africans.

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October 5, 2018

Iraq
Global Conflict This Week: New President Elected in Iraq

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

Masum and Salih shake hands.

March 14, 2013

The World Next Week: Obama Visits Israel, Khamenei Gives New Year’s Address, the Iraq War’s 10th Anniversary Is Marked, and Xi Visits Russia

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed President Obama’s visit to Israel, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s New Year’s speech, the tenth anniversary of the start of Iraq War, and Chine…

An Israeli family holds welcome signs in Hebrew and English during an event organized by the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv on March 1, 2013 (Nir Elias/Courtesy Reuters).