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September 21, 2018

Hungary
Europe Wrestles With Hungary’s Populist Challenge

The European Parliament’s vote to reprimand Hungary over its growing authoritarianism has tested the EU’s readiness to stand up to illiberalism within the bloc.

anti orban protesters

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.

September 4, 2018

India
Background Brief: Meet the U.S.-India “2+2”

The upcoming U.S.-India "2+2" dialogue marks a new configuration for an existing dialogue begun in the Barack Obama administration. Here's how the consultation has evolved.

India's Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman (L) speaks as U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis looks on during a joint news conference in New Delhi, India September 26, 2017.

August 16, 2018

Germany
Nord Stream 2: Is Germany ‘Captive’ to Russian Energy?

President Trump has targeted Germany over its supposed dependence on Russian natural gas, and the proposed Nord Stream 2 is dividing the EU. What’s in store for Europe’s pipeline politics?

Nord Stream 2 pipes

May 16, 2018

Argentina
How Many Reserves Does a Country Like Argentina Need?

The IMF’s reserve metric tends to overstate the reserve needs of current account surplus countries with little external debt, and understates the reserve needs of current account deficit countries wi…

How Many Reserves Does a Country Like Argentina Need?

September 11, 2007

Iraq
Haass: Petraeus, Crocker Blunt Congressional Criticism on Iraq

Richard N. Haass, CFR president and an expert on the Middle East, says the congressional testimony by the top two U.S. officials in Iraq has to a large extent “regained control of the Iraq debate” fo…

April 30, 2018

Cybersecurity
Report Watch Vol. VI: Tracking Digital and Cyber Scholarship So You Don’t Have To

In this edition: the effects of internet censorship in China, the malicious uses of artificial intelligence, and U.S. Cyber Command's strategy to achieve domain superiority.

Books

April 19, 2018

Puerto Rico
The Oversight Board’s Latest Fiscal Plan for Puerto Rico is Still Too Optimistic

The power is off in Puerto Rico, again. It may not be restored for a day or two. Puerto Rico obviously has yet to fully recover from Maria’s devastation. Tax revenues this fiscal year are off by o…

The Oversight Board’s Latest Fiscal Plan for Puerto Rico is Still Too Optimistic

April 13, 2018

Peru
Trump's No-Show May Lift Summit From Swamp

President Trump's no-show means less drama and more space at Summit of the Americas for the main theme of corruption. 

A woman cleans a banner ahead of the eighth Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru April 10, 2018.

March 21, 2018

Nigeria
Biafra Heats up as Trials Resume, Elections Loom, and Kanu Is Still Missing

The IPOB has announced that if the defendants are not granted bail or released unconditionally by the Nigerian government, it will begin a campaign of civil disobedience.

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