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November 8, 2019

Nigeria
Middle Class Nigerians Struggle to Afford Housing in Lagos

Housing for professionals working in the modern economy are challenged in most of the world’s mega-cities. Lagos is no exception, as profiled by the BBC. Its reporter estimates that “middle-to-high-income” housing can cost between $5,000 and $40,000 a year. But the practice of paying a year’s worth of rent upfront sets Lagos apart: the BBC’s reporter was asked for between $11,000 and $22,000 for a two-bedroom apartment with electricity in a good Lagos neighborhood, Victoria Island.

Yachts seen docked at the marina in front of housing complex building

April 13, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
If Nigeria Is So Rich, Why Are Nigerians So Poor?

Femi Awoyemi, in a lucid and thoughtful article in the April 5 Leadership (Abuja) highlights that more than ninety percent of Nigeria’s population is poor "and exists largely at the mercy of fate." I…

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October 16, 2019

Turkey
The President's Inbox: Henri Barkey and Steven Cook on the U.S. Withdrawal from Syria

The latest episode of The President’s Inbox is live. I sat down with Henri Barkey, CFR’s adjunct senior fellow for Middle East studies, and Steven Cook, CFR’s Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Midd…

A boy waves a Turkish flag as a Turkish military vehicle drives through a town near the Turkey-Syria border on October 16.

October 11, 2019

United States
Happy 244th Birthday to the U.S. Navy!

The U.S. Navy turns 244 years-old this weekend. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned two ships, each with eighty sailors, “for intercepting such transports as may be laden with …

U.S. Navy

September 20, 2019

Global Governance
Five Centuries after Magellan, Globalization Needs to Grow Up—and Fast

On this anniversary of Magellan's first expedition to circumnavigate the globe, we should reflect on the trajectory globalization has taken—and adopt a more cosmopolitan approach to life on our shrin…

17th Century Map

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.

August 13, 2014

International Law
Extracting Justice: Battling Corruption in Resource-Rich Africa

Coauthored with Isabella Bennett, assistant director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program. Last week, when more than forty heads of state met in Washington for the U.S.-Af…

Local residents' clothes dry over the gas pipelines running through the Eleme community near the city of Port Harcourt, a major Nigerian oil hub in the country's southeast.

August 19, 2019

Global Governance
The G-7 Gathers in Biarritz for a Dysfunctional Family Reunion

This weekend, leaders from the G-7 will convene for their annual summit, this time in Biarritz, France. French President Emmanuel Macron, who is spearheading France’s G-7 presidency this year, bills …

Police officers in Biarritz

August 15, 2019

China
Fossil Fuel Free: A Plan to Phase Out China’s ICEVs

This is a guest post by Lucy Best and Michael Collins, research associates for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. The Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation (iCET), a leadi…

Cars drive on the road during the morning rush hour in Beijing, China, July 2, 2019.

August 15, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Elizabeth Warren, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Update: Elizabeth Warren announced on March 5, 2020, that she was ending her campaign. As politicians, Ronald Reagan and Elizabeth Warren are opposites. He wanted to unleash the power of the marke…

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