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July 22, 2019

Middle East and North Africa
مع السلامة, Güle, güle, להתראות, Farewell

As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end.  So it is with From the Potomac to the Euphrates.  It has been a lot of fun during the last nine years, spanning I have lost count of how many…

An Egyptian pigeon fancier waves on his pigeons with a flag of Al Ahly Sport Club to guide them as the Great Pyramids are seen during sunset in Cairo, Egypt November 19, 2018.

July 18, 2019

Pakistan
Pakistan, Terrorism, and Meeting Trump

Yesterday news broke that Pakistani police had arrested Hafiz Saeed, founder of the UN- and U.S.-designated terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba.

File photo: Supporters shower Hafiz Saeed with flower petals as he walks to court in Lahore, Pakistan, in November 2017. The court released him from house arrest.

July 18, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
Ebola Reaches DRC Border City of Two Million, WHO Responds

The recent designation of Ebola as a “public health emergency of international concern” by the World Health Organization (WHO) is a positive development in efforts to contain the disease. The decision highlights the importance of containing the disease to an international audience; the WHO’s designation is being widely carried by the international media. 

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus sits in front of a World Health Organization sign.

July 17, 2019

Nigeria
Obasanjo Writes Letter to Buhari on Nigerian Insecurity

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo wrote an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on the deteriorating security situation in Nigeria. His focus in the letter is on Boko Haram and the “herdsmen/farmers crises."

Former President Obasanjo speaks into a microphone while seated on stage at the Africa CEO forum.

July 15, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Five Questions on #MeToo in Pakistan: Nighat Dad

In 2017, an unprecedented wave of women’s activism began to sweep the globe. Powered by technology accessible to millions of women for the first time, a new, viral movement ignited the #MeToo campaig…

Nighat Dad

July 10, 2019

Nigeria
More Trouble Between Nigeria’s Shia Minority and the Police

The principal Shiite movement in Nigeria, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), “stormed” the National Assembly in Abuja on July 7. In the resulting melee, two people may have been killed and eight injured. As is so often the case, there are few details, with claims and counter-claims.

A woman walks by police at a barricade in Abuja, Nigeria.

July 3, 2019

Iran
Iran, the Strait of Hormuz, and the Ever-Complex Geopolitics of Oil

In a sign that anxiety about oil security of supply isn’t what it used to be, the Group of Twenty (G20) meeting broke up this week with no big joint statements regarding how to protect the freedom of…

Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh reacts towards journalists as he arrives for an OPEC and NON-OPEC meeting in Vienna, Austria, July 2, 2019.

July 2, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria’s Beekeeping Operation Predicted to Generate $10 Billion

Though Nigeria, is urbanizing rapidly, roughly half of the population lives in rural areas, mostly mired in poverty. On June 24, Segun Awolowo, director general of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council, announced that honey and other beehive products could generate annually some $10 billion from local and international trade, aiding rural economies.

The director general of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council said that honey and other beehive products in Nigeria could generate $10 billion from local and international trade.

June 28, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: June 28, 2019

The United States launched cyber strikes against Iran; APT-10 suspected of cyberattack on global telecoms; Singapore invests in 5G; continued U.S. crackdown on Chinese technology companies; Chinese g…

A worker refurbishes a Huawei cell phone at a workshop. June 20, 2019.

June 25, 2019

Southeast Asia
Making Sense of the ASEAN Summit

Last weekend’s Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, held in Bangkok, yielded several notable accomplishments. But several of the announced breakthroughs actually contain less than m…

ASEAN leaders shake hands on stage during the opening ceremony of the 34th ASEAN Summit at the Athenee Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand June 23, 2019