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September 18, 2019

Technology and Innovation
Keeping Our Edge: Overview of the Innovation and National Security Task Force Report

The United States has led the world in innovation, but China is closing the gap. A CFR Task Force says that the United States needs an ambitious plan of public and private investment in science and t…

Cover of the Innovation and National Security Task Force Report

September 17, 2019

Americas
China’s Manufacturing Loss Should Be Mexico’s Gain

But President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is wasting the opportunity.

GENERAL MOTORS: GM projected $1 billion extra costs this year for tariffs and raw materials. Steel and aluminum prices have eased, but prices for other commodities such as palladium have risen, it said.

September 17, 2019

Americas
China’s Manufacturing Loss Should Be Mexico’s Gain

But President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is wasting the opportunity.

GENERAL MOTORS: GM projected $1 billion extra costs this year for tariffs and raw materials. Steel and aluminum prices have eased, but prices for other commodities such as palladium have risen, it said.

September 16, 2019

Saudi Arabia
Scale and Nature of Attacks on Saudi Oil Makes This One Different

In the swirl of conflicting reports about who might be responsible for the latest attack against Saudi Arabian oil installations, it is important not to miss what makes this latest attack categorical…

Smoke is seen following a fire at Aramco facility in the eastern city of Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia, September 14, 2019.

September 13, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: September 13, 2019

Tech giants ask Congress for a data privacy bill to bypass state laws; Ren Zhengfei considers selling Huawei's 5G technology; North Korean APTs continue attacks on U.S. entities; new California labor…

Uber and Lyft signs are seen on a car in Redondo Beach, California, U.S., March 25, 2019.

September 13, 2019

Nigeria
Niger and Nigeria Governors Pledge to Cooperate on Cross-Border Crime

Zakari Oumoru, the governor of Maradi, a region (equivalent to a state) in Niger, hosted a cross-border meeting with the Nigerian governors of Katsina, Sokoto, and Zamfara states to focus on cross-border crime, particularly banditry, kidnapping, and cattle rustling. The governors of the four states signed a memorandum of understanding, the text of which has not yet been carried in the Nigerian media. However, it appears to pledge closer cooperation against cross-border crime. Also present were representatives of the Nigerian security services based in the three Nigerian states.

A soldier stands on the side of the road in front of sparse trees on a sandy landscape.

September 11, 2019

United States
Is the United States Prepared for Wildfires?

Climate change is increasing the risk of wildfire damage to critical energy infrastructure, according to a new Council on Foreign Relations report that details the physical, financial, and security r…

Firefighters battling the King Fire watch as a backfire burns along Highway 50 in Fresh Pond, California September 16, 2014. The fire led officials to call on about 400 people to evacuate from areas threatened by the blaze, Cal Fire spokeswoman Alyssa Smith said. It has charred more than 11,500 acres (4,654 hectares) and was 5 percent contained on Tuesday.

September 10, 2019

Energy and Climate Policy
Talking About the Weather: Climate Risk Needs Better Assessment

It used to be that talking about the weather was platitudinous in the United States. This week, like almost every other subject these days, it has suddenly turned ferociously political. The shift, di…

DATE IMPORTED:August 27, 2017The Valero Houston Refinery is threatened by the swelling waters of the Buffalo Bayou after Hurricane Harvey inundated the Texas Gulf coast with rain, in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 27, 2017.

September 9, 2019

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia’s Oil Vision and the Oil Price Cycle

Saudi Arabia’s oil industry is on the move with strategic changes in leadership, investments, and a broadening of its global businesses. The moves, which include larger investments in refining and pe…

Saudi Arabia's new Energy Minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman takes a tour at the exhibition during the 24th World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Satish Kumar

September 6, 2019

Zimbabwe
Good Riddance to Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe

During his thirty-seven years in power in Zimbabwe, he committed virtually every human rights violation there is. His hands were awash in the blood of Zimbabweans. Fanning and exploiting racial and class differences, he destroyed the country’s economy, once on the cusp of being one of Africa’s most developed, driving out commercial white farmers. By the time he died, Zimbabwe was an international pariah, an economic basket case, and many or most of the country’s most educated and productive citizens had left the country.

Robert Mugabe stands in front of a blurred out, saluting soldier.