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November 25, 2019

Europe
Europe Wants Strategic Autonomy, but That Is Much Easier Said Than Done

Achieving strategic autonomy will require Europeans to develop a coherent strategic culture, reach agreement on  priorities, and reassure U.S. leaders that greater autonomy is complementary to NATO. …

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel take part in the launching of the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO).

December 3, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Michael Bloomberg, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg seems to be taking the advice of John Maynard Keynes. The legendary economist is said to have remarked, “When the facts change, I change my mind.” Back in Marc…

Michael Bloomberg

December 2, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Joe Walsh, Republican Presidential Candidate

Buyer’s remorse. That is perhaps the best description of the situation that former Illinois Congressman and radio talk show host Joe Walsh finds himself in. Back in 2016, he championed Donald Trump’s…

Joe Walsh

December 3, 2019

Asia
Asia Still Lags When It Comes to FX Market Transparency...

Quarterly disclosure with a quarter lag doesn't add much to the numbers already provided in the balance of payments (especially if it isn't clear what is being disclosed). Semi-annual disclosure prov…

Asia Still Lags When It Comes to FX Market Transparency...

November 25, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Deval Patrick, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Deval Patrick is testing the accuracy of the old saying, “Better late than never.” Last December the former Massachusetts governor announced he would not run for president in 2020. Among the reasons …

Deval Patrick

June 8, 2012

Egypt
Weekend Reading: We Are All Khaled Said

Before there was Mohamed Bouazizi there was Khaled Said. The official "We Are All Khaled Said" Facebook page that helped instigate the January 25 uprising in Egypt and brought the issue of police to…

Khaled Said Cropped

November 22, 2019

China
Everyone’s Getting Mad at China—A Shift, or Nothing New?

In the wake of Secretary of Defense Mark Esper’s trip to Southeast Asia, where he tried to reassure U.S. allies and partners of ongoing U.S. commitment to the region, and to highlight Southeast Asian…

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam in Hanoi, Vietnam November 20, 2019.

November 22, 2019

Election 2020
Foreign Policy Roundup: The Fifth Democratic Debate

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy on the campaign trail.

Presidential candidates listen to Bernie Sanders speak.

November 21, 2019

Nigeria
Abacha, Abiola, and Nigeria’s 1999 Transition to Civilian Rule

The 1999 transition of Nigeria from military to civilian, democratic government, is a defining moment in Nigerian history, representing the beginning of the longest, uninterrupted government since independence in 1960. But what exactly transpired during the period of transition, which began in earnest with the death of military dictator Sani Abacha in1998, is not entirely clear. Max Siollun, in a fascinating study of the period, Nigeria’s Soldiers of Fortune, has done us a service by illuminating some of the behind-the-scenes machinations of that period, and putting to bed some of the rumors that passed for history.

A supporter of Chief Mashood Abiola holds up a newpaper during a demonstration outside the family home July 10 to protest about the suspicious nature of his death.

November 21, 2019

Russia
Disinformation Colonialism and African Internet Policy

Russia’s recent disinformation campaign in African countries highlights the challenges that African states face in crafting internet policy that is responsive to both external threats and internal po…

A street vendor walks past a bar called "Facebook" in Yaounde, Cameroon October 2, 2018.