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June 28, 2018

Libya
Rushing Libya’s Elections Will Lead to Disaster

The following is a guest post by Alexander Decina, research associate for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. For more than two years, the UN-backed Government of National …

HNEC attack

April 4, 2018

Iran
Why Iran Won't Rush to a Bomb if Trump Pulls Out of the Nuclear Deal

With John Bolton’s appointment as national security adviser, the odds have significantly risen that President Trump will abandon his predecessor’s nuclear deal with Iran. But there’s no need for hyst…

Reuters

December 21, 2018

South Sudan
Despite Peace Deal, Too Dangerous for South Sudanese IDPs to Return Home

South Sudan is facing one of the largest displacement crises in the world. A recent peace agreement is stoking hopes for returns of displaced people to their homes. But with ongoing instability and a lack of sufficient planning, returns remain a dangerous prospect. 

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December 7, 2018

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: December 7, 2018

This week: Huawei has another bad week, Australia wants your encrypted communications, Republican campaign officials had their email accounts owned, and Marriott suffers a massive breach. 

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou

December 3, 2018

Germany
Germany Develops Offensive Cyber Capabilities Without A Coherent Strategy of What to Do With Them

Germany has traditionally prioritized defense over offense in cyberspace. That's now beginning to change. 

BND

October 2, 2012

United States
Aid to Egypt: What’s the Rush?

Texas Rep. Kay Granger has put a hold on $450 million in aid to Egypt, and this has caused consternation in the Obama administration. Granger is a member of the Committee on Appropriations and chair…

American Embassy in Cairo

August 29, 2018

Energy and Climate Policy
Can Climate Activists and the Energy Industry Compromise?

The reality that many energy companies are getting more serious about investment in low-carbon solutions is getting lost in the political noise of the day.

Protesters march to urge politicians to act against climate change

August 29, 2018

Australia
Australia’s New Brutal Politics—Not New, and Not That Brutal

Tom Switzer is executive director of the Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney and a presenter at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio National.  As Australia welcomes Scott Morrison a…

Morrison_8.24.2018

June 26, 2018

El Salvador
Central America’s Violent Northern Triangle

Violence and rampant crime have driven asylum seekers from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to the United States, which is seeking to help address the root causes.

Police arrest a woman as they search people for drugs and weapons during a patrol in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

June 19, 2018

Oil and Petroleum Products
OPEC's Vienna Meeting: The Challenge of Failing National Oil Companies

As energy ministers from major oil producing countries gather in Vienna this week to discuss the stability of global oil markets, the variables that will dictate outcomes have rapidly shifted. Pre-me…

Two persons pass the logo of the Organization of the Petroleoum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in front of OPEC's headquarters in Vienna, Austria June 19, 2018.