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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 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.

June 4, 2019

South Africa
Ramaphosa’s Bold Pick for Public Works Minister of South Africa

Last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on national television the selection of South Africa’s new cabinet. Although there was no surprise to see the names of such competent officials as Pravan Gordhan, Ephraim Patel, Naledi Pandor, Lindiwe Sisulu, and Tito Mboweni, Ramaphosa’s selection of Patricia de Lille as minister of public works and enterprises really “put the cat among the pigeons.”

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March 14, 2019

China
Why China's Incomplete Macroeconomic Adjustment Makes China 2025 a Bigger Risk

How the fragile macro-economic base of China’s external adjustment could intersect with China 2025 and generate a new "China" shock.

Why China's Incomplete Macroeconomic Adjustment Makes China 2025 a Bigger Risk

February 28, 2019

Taiwan
Reducing the Risk of a China-Taiwan Conflict

A new memo from the Center for Preventive Action by Michael S. Chase details how the United States can prevent a cross-strait crisis or de-escalate one should it occur. 

Soldiers take part in a military drill in Taiwan

March 1, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa
Trump’s Africa Strategy Creates U.S. Business Opportunities in Africa

The Trump Administration’s recent announcement of its Africa strategy offers renewed opportunities for the development of closer economic ties between the United States and Africa under a set of business-driven initiatives outlined as “Prosper Africa” in a December speech by National Security Adviser John Bolton.

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February 6, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
The Truth About United States’ Complicity in DRC’s Fraudulent Election

Despite having suggested it would isolate and pressure those undermining democracy in Congo just days before, the Trump administration decided to join other states in accepting the sham outcome in an effort to stave off a potentially violent stalemate in Congo. The wisdom of that choice is debatable.

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January 31, 2019

Turkey
The Most Dangerous New York Knick

The 7-foot center Enes Kanter has become a symbol of Turkey's never-ending purge—and a potential assassination target.

New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) dribbles against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center

January 23, 2019

Defense and Security
Climate Change Is a Threat to Military Security

This is a guest post by Benjamin Silliman, research associate for Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations.  Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) …

Damage caused by Hurricane Michael is seen on Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, U.S., October 16, 2018.

January 23, 2019

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Gender, Masculinities, and Counterterrorism

A growing body of research has made the case that counter-terrorism and CVE would benefit from a more nuanced gender lens. What remains under-studied—and generally absent from policy discussions—is w…

Members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia stand during a ceremony at a camp in the Colombian mountains.