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January 17, 2020

Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico: A U.S. Territory in Crisis

The Caribbean island, which shares a close yet fraught relationship with the rest of the United States, faces a multilayered economic and social crisis, rooted in long-standing policy and compounded …

A man rides his bicycle through a damaged road in Puerto Rico.

January 16, 2020

Energy and Climate Policy
Envisioning a Green New Deal: A Global Comparison

The Green New Deal has motivated those who want the United States to undertake unprecedented climate action, but it has also drawn backlash. How is the rest of the world grappling with decarbonizatio…

Monika Skolimowska/picture alliance via Getty Images

January 15, 2020

Iran
Did Soleimani Pose an Imminent Threat?

The Trump administration is making a mistake in providing vague and shifting legal rationales for the killing of an Iranian general.

January 14, 2020

Taiwan
All Sound and No Fury? Will The Trump Administration Get Tough on Currency in April?

A number of Asian countries could be designated as manipulators in the U.S. Treasury's April foreign exchange report. And unlike the politically motivated designation of China last summer, there woul…

All Sound and No Fury? Will The Trump Administration Get Tough on Currency in April?

January 7, 2020

Lebanon
Hezbollah

Hezbollah’s long-standing resistance to Israel gained this Lebanon-based Shiite political party and militant group broad support, but its involvement in Syria’s civil war may have jeopardized its dom…

Lebanese Hezbollah supporters gesture as they march during a religious procession to mark Ashura in Beirut

January 13, 2020

India
Scale Without Power: Global Cities in the World's Largest Democracy

This piece was originally published in the Diplomatic Courier as part of a collaboration with the Great Powers and Urbanization Project. It was adapted from the Workshop on Cities, Geopolitics, and t…

A laundry and high-rise buildings in Mumbai, India

January 10, 2020

South China Sea
Top Conflicts to Watch in 2020: An Armed Confrontation in the South China Sea

This year, an armed confrontation over disputed maritime areas in the South China Sea was included as a top tier priority in the Center for Preventive Action’s annual Preventive Priorities Survey.

Aircraft fly from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the Indo-Pacific

January 10, 2020

Somalia
Al-Shabab

Al-Shabab remains capable of carrying out massive attacks in Somalia and surrounding countries despite a long-running African Union offensive against the Islamist group. 

Al-Shabab in Somalia

January 9, 2020

West Africa
Jihadi Violence and Terror Surging in West Africa

In a follow up to his remarks in December, Mohamed Iban, Chambas, the UN special representative sand head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) sounded the alarm on growing militant and jihadi violence. In his January 8 briefing to the UN Security Council, he said the “devastating surge” in terrorism has “shaken public confidence.” He focused on Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, where casualties from terrorism have increased fivefold since 2016, with 4,000 deaths in 2019 compared to 770 in 2016.

Mohammed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel, briefs the Security Council on West Africa, on January 10, 2019, in New York.

January 8, 2020

Southeast Asia
Thailand’s Press Warms to Chinese State Media

In a country ruled for much of the 2010s by a repressive military junta, and where information about powerful actors can be dangerous to dig up, Khao Sod has built a reputation as one of the most res…

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) shakes hands with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha (R) at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand on July 24, 2017.