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October 28, 2019

Islamic State
Islamic State Leader’s Death Does Little to Ease Syria Concerns

A U.S. military operation that eliminated Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is welcome but fails to allay worries about the security vacuum caused by the removal of U.S. troops from northern …

May 31, 2019

Nigeria
Nigerian President Buhari’s Lack of Wealth Matters Little

Part of the basis of Muhammadu Buhari’s street popularity is his modest style of living, at least compared to other members of Nigeria’s elite. As is required by law, in May 2019, President Buhari submitted his asset declaration to the Code of Conduct Bureau. According to Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, there was no significant change in President Buhari’s assets since he last submitted a declaration following his 2015 election as president.

Nigeria-Buhari-Inauguration-2019

November 11, 2019

Treaties and Agreements
A Tale of Two Paris Agreements

The U.S. abdications of the Covenant of the League of Nations and the Paris Climate Accords may be remembered as bookends to the American century.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump arrives to announce his decision that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC.

November 5, 2019

Defense and Security
Why Would Arab Leaders Pursue Strategic Partnerships With Russia?

Amir Asmar is a Department of Defense analyst and CFR’s national intelligence fellow. Throughout his intelligence career, his primary area of focus has been the Middle East. He held a wide range of a…

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan attend a welcome ceremony in the United Arab Emirates, on October 15, 2019.

November 3, 2019

Cybersecurity
China Is Moving Quickly on 5G, but the United States Is Not Out of the Game

China’s 5G rollout is happening quickly, causing some to worry that the United States is losing in a race for the next generation of communications technologies. However, this does not paint the comp…

A woman using her mobile phone walks past a vehicle covered in a China Unicom 5G advertisement in Beijing, China September 17, 2019.

November 13, 2019

United States
A Big Borrower and a Giant Corporate Tax Dodge? How Best to Describe the U.S. External Balance Sheet

Most grandiose explanations for the United States persistent surplus in the income balance of the U.S. current account miss the mark. The U.S. debt position tracks the sum of past current account def…

A Big Borrower and a Giant Corporate Tax Dodge? How Best to Describe the U.S. External Balance Sheet

November 1, 2019

Election 2020
Foreign Policy Roundup: Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, Israel, and Campaign Advisors

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

Bernie Sanders speaks at the J Street National Conference in Washington, DC, on October 28.

November 1, 2019

International Organizations
The IMF: The World’s Controversial Financial Firefighter

The International Monetary Fund, both criticized and lauded for its efforts to promote financial stability, continues to find itself at the forefront of global economic crisis management.

IMF Governors' meeting

October 31, 2019

Elections and Voting
Southern Africa’s Tale of Two Elections: Mozambique and Botswana

Southern Africa recently wrapped up two dramatically different elections. In Mozambique, presidential, parliamentary, and regional elections were characterized by irregularities and even violence, but not by suspense. The ruling FRELIMO party had ensured its victory in the pre-election period, in part through the presence of “ghost voters” on the voters’ roll, and through a campaign of intimidation aimed at challengers to its power.

A woman casts her ballot at Moshupa village, in the Southern District of Botswana, October 23, 2019

October 30, 2019

Iraq
The Deadly Protests Shaking Iraq: What to Know

Iraq’s struggling economy and government corruption sparked the protests, in which hundreds have died. The governing elite appears shaky, and the stability of the country is at stake.