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September 18, 2020

Boko Haram Arms Stockpiling Indicates Long-Term Threat

States and organizations that contribute troops, military equipment, money, and political support for ongoing efforts to counter Boko Haram need to reassess their current approaches to combatting the threat. The United States has an important role to play

Burned out military vehicle, with tires removed, stands on a road in Nigeria, with soldiers looking on.

February 22, 2017

Energy and Environment
What Africa Needs to Succeed

In the early 2000s, Africa’s future seemed grim. The Economist’s May 13, 2000 cover declared “Africa: The Hopeless Continent.” But over a decade later, when The Economist again devoted a feature stor…


April 29, 2016

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2016 Friday Foreign Policy Roundup: Donald Trump Champions America First

I have been skeptical that 2016 will be a foreign-policy election. But Donald Trump seems determined to prove me wrong. In a major speech on Wednesday, he launched a frontal assault on the fundamenta…


July 16, 2012

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Iran, the Bomb, and U.S. Public Opinion

The Obama administration hoped the specter of an oil embargo and increasingly stringent banking sanctions would finally force Iran to come clean on its clandestine nuclear program and end its enrichm…

Ahmadinejad lab tour

February 29, 2012

United States
North Korean Nuclear Weapons Program: The Latest

Today, the State Department surprised North Korea watchers with the following announcement: “The DPRK has agreed to implement a moratorium on long-range missile launches, nuclear tests and nuclear a…

Yongbyon reactor

February 17, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Al-Qaeda, Post-Qaddafi Libya, and the Interrupters

“The Nutrition Puzzle: Why Do So Many People in Poor Countries Eat So Badly—And What Can Be Done About It?” The Economist, February 18, 2012. Even where there is enough food, people do not seem…

Libya aftermath

January 9, 2012

Defense and Security
Iran’s Nuclear Program: What Intelligence Would Suffice?

In August 2006, I wrote a piece for the Washington Post, “Share the Evidence on Iran,” which called on the George W. Bush administration to declassify the main findings of a National Intelligence Est…

Fordo nuclear site

March 10, 2011

United States
America Shouldn’t Hijack Egypt’s Revolution

Hillary Clinton met with Hosni Mubarak in Washington in August 2009 (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters) Hi folks, Below is my take on how America should respond to Egypt’s revolution. It appeared on …

America Shouldn’t Hijack Egypt’s Revolution

January 2, 2007

Interesting factoid (at least to me)

Dennis Berman reports (in his January 2 c1 Wall Street Journal column) that, according to Standards and Poors, "companies bought back $327 billion of their own shares, more money than they spent inve…