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November 8, 2018

Cameroon
Cameroon's Future Looks Grim as Biya Begins Another Term

On November 4, two days before Biya’s inauguration, seventy-eight students, the principal, and two staff members were kidnapped from a Presbyterian school near Bamenda, in the Anglophone part of the country. On November 7, officials reported that the seventy-eight students were freed the day before, as was a staff member. As of November 8, the principal, a teacher, and perhaps more children, were still in captivity.

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October 19, 2018

Cameroon
Cameroon's Future Uncertain Despite Biya's Impending Election Victory

As Cameroon-watchers await the official results of this month’s elections, the outcome is highly predictable—victories for the ruling Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM) and for the long-serving incumbent president, eighty-five-year-old Paul Biya. But the country’s future is utterly uncertain.

Cameroonian President Paul Biya casts his ballot while his wife Chantal watches during the presidential election in Yaounde, Cameroon October 7, 2018.

July 19, 2018

Cameroon
President Biya of Cameroon Seeking Reelection Amid Controversy

Biya, at eighty-five years old, is seeking a seventh consecutive term that would extend his thirty-six-year rule as Cameroon's president until 2025.

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December 20, 2018

Conflict Prevention
What to Worry About in 2019

In the Preventive Priorities Survey, the Center for Preventive Action identifies the greatest risks to the United States to help mobilize attention and resources to avert potential danger. 

Ships and aircraft in the Philippine Sea

October 10, 2018

China
Who Controls the Tap? Addressing Water Security in Asia

The absence of a U.S. response to China’s encroachment on Asia’s rivers points to a failure to comprehend the regional implications of increased competition for water resources.

China water hydropower

September 14, 2018

Conflict Prevention
Seventeen Years After 9/11 and Still Vulnerable to Strategic Surprise

The United States still does not have an effective strategic foresight system to assess and mitigate geopolitical risks. 

Tribute in Light installation in New York City

January 17, 2019

China
Will China’s Currency Hit a Wall?

Worry about China’s slowing economy in 2019, not its balance of payments…

Will China’s Currency Hit a Wall?

December 27, 2018

Cameroon
Dim Outlook for Peace Talks Between Separatist Rebels and Cameroon

Cameroon is spiraling downward, with fighting between rebels in the Anglophone regions (the Northwest and Southwest regions) and President Paul Biya’s security forces intensifying.

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January 7, 2019

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
The Ebola Virus

Endemic to the African tropics, the Ebola virus has killed thousands in recent years, putting the World Health Organization and major donor countries in the limelight as they’ve grappled with how to …

A health-care worker stands next to a cross during the funeral of a person suspected of dying of Ebola in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo.

December 28, 2018

Global
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2018

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2018 who shaped U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten world figu…

Kofi Annan addresses a news conference UN headquarters in New York, 1997. REUTERS/Jeff Christensen.