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February 12, 2019

West Africa
Problems in the Sahel Only Growing, Says ACLED

Each year, the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED) issues Ten Conflicts to Worry About, [PDF] a report flagging serious conflicts that are often underreported. The Sahel was listed as the region “most likely to be the geopolitical dilemma of 2019.” 

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March 19, 2019

United Kingdom
Brexit’s Stickiest Point: The Irish Backstop

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has been unable to convince her own party to pass the Brexit deal she negotiated with the European Union because of its backstop provision. What is it, and why does it m…

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March 18, 2019

Southeast Asia
Five Eyes Intelligence Sharing Has Failed to Combat White Nationalist Terrorism

By Van Jackson New Zealand may appear to be a paradise in the Pacific, but it is afflicted by many of the problems facing other liberal democracies, such as a rising suicide rate and deep socioeco…

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March 18, 2019

Defense and Security
The Limits of Orthodoxy: What Diversity Brings to Nuclear Security

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges.

Negotiators meet in Palais Coburg, the venue for nuclear talks, in Vienna, Austria July 13, 2015.

March 15, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: March 15, 2019

This week: Antitrust is having a moment; Washington and Berlin fight over Huawei; Facebook faces a criminal investigation; and the Navy is not keeping up with Chinese hackers. 

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks about her policy ideas with Anand Giridharadas at the South by Southwest...

March 14, 2019

India
American Media Should Stop Soft-Pedalling and Call a Terrorist a Terrorist

This article was originally published in the Times of India. Why is it so difficult for US media to use the word “terrorism” in the context of South Asia? Escalating tensions between India and …

Masood Azhar is surrounded by Pakistani police and his armed guards at Islamabad's Lal Mosque (Red Mosque) in Melody Market January 27, 2000.

March 13, 2019

China
The China–North Korea Relationship

China is North Korea’s biggest trade partner and has leverage over Kim Jong-un’s regime, yet its policies focus more on border stability than nuclear threat.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meets with China’s Xi Jinping in Beijing.

March 12, 2019

United States
Inequality and Tax Rates: A Global Comparison

With economic inequality at an all-time high, some U.S. presidential candidates are proposing dramatic shifts to the U.S. tax code. How have similar plans worked elsewhere in the world?

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March 12, 2019

Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines
Measles and the Threat of the Anti-vaccination Movement

Measles cases have spiked as a growing number of anti-vaxxers, opting out of immunizations for their kids, threaten decades of progress toward eliminating the disease.

A medical staff worker with a syringe containing vaccine for measles and mumps at a clinic in Moscow, Russia.

March 12, 2019

United Kingdom
The Northern Ireland Peace Process

The Good Friday Agreement has dampened sectarian tensions and brought stability to Northern Ireland since 1998, but Brexit negotiations and local political paralysis are throwing the region’s hard-wo…

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