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February 1, 2019

Afghanistan War
Global Conflict This Week: Reports of Progress on Afghan Peace Framework

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

President Ashraf Ghani with the U.S. Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad during a meeting in Kabul

September 13, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Risks of Reducing U.S. Special Operations in Africa

The Pentagon plans to withdraw its special operations forces in Africa, but major cutbacks could threaten recent efforts to counter terrorism threats across the region.

Chadian soldiers take a break during Operation Flintlock, U.S.-led military exercises, in Diffa, Niger.

January 31, 2019

Southeast Asia
What a Labor Victory Might Mean for Australian Foreign Policy

By Elena Collinson A federal election is due this year in Australia. While the Liberal-National Coalition government has yet to formally announce a polling day, the stage has effectively been set …

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January 25, 2019

Technology and Innovation
Transformative Technology, Transformative Governance: A New Blog Series on the Future

A flood of technological innovation has left global governance floundering. A new blog series explores this inundation and how to strengthen the levees. 

A researcher presents a silicon wafer.

January 23, 2019

United States
Ten Facts About the State of the Union Address

President Donald Trump says he will deliver his second State of the Union address next Tuesday night as planned. The question is, where will he deliver it? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week cit…

SOTU 2019

September 26, 2018

Venezuela
What the Crisis in Venezuela Reveals

How much worse do things in Venezuela have to become before the world would be prepared to act?

What the Crisis in Venezuela Reveals

January 18, 2019

Oil and Petroleum Products
OPEC in a Changing World

Western leaders have long criticized OPEC’s power to raise oil prices, but the bloc’s influence is on the wane as U.S. oil production has soared and alternative energies have come to the fore.

OPEC

January 16, 2019

United Kingdom
What Brexit Means

Brexit supporters argue that the EU threatens sovereignty and stifles growth, while opponents counter that EU membership strengthens trade, investment, and the UK’s standing in the world.

EU and UK flags fly during a pro-EU march in front of the British Parliament in London.

January 11, 2019

Middle East and North Africa
Middle East Burden Sharing

The central takeaway from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Cairo speech is that the United States needs to rely more on allies to stabilize the Middle East.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart in Cairo.

January 10, 2019

Disasters
Averting Global Catastrophe: A New IIGG Blog Series

Nature and technology pose a worrying array of threats to twenty-first century civilization. These global menaces and the catastrophic risks associated with them are the subject of a new Internationa…

A mushroom cloud expands on the horizon.