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July 25, 2016

Asia
Q&A on Cambodia with Sophal Ear

Last week, I spoke via email with Sophal Ear, Associate Professor of Diplomacy & World Affairs at Occidental College, and author of Aid Dependence in Cambodia: How Foreign Assistance Undermines Democ…

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February 25, 2019

Nigeria
Beware of Early Announcements for Nigeria's Election

The two leading candidates in Nigeria’s presidential election this past Saturday were President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. Everybody wants to know who won, and right away. The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that the results of the national elections will start to be announced on February 25.

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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.

December 20, 2018

Digital Policy
This Year's Blockchain Craze Mirrors the Early Days of the Internet

The early days of internet offer lessons for the future of blockchain.  

LAN network cables plugged into a Bitcoin mining computer server are pictured in Bitminer Factory in Florence, Italy, April 6, 2018

November 1, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: November 1, 2019

Russia targets African countries on Facebook with new disinformation tactics; WhatsApp sues NSO Group after 1,400 users compromised with spyware; China throws support behind blockchain with digital y…

A man poses with a smartphone in front of displayed Whatsapp logo in this illustration

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

November 1, 2019

Colombia
Women This Week: First Female Mayor of Bogota

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering October 25 to November 1, was compiled by…

Claudia Lopez celebrates after winning local elections in Bogota, Colombia October 27, 2019.

October 30, 2019

Nigeria
Nigerian Military Introduces Controversial Plans to Identify Terrorists and Criminals

Nigerian security services say that they have been requiring residents of the northeast—where Boko Haram is active—to produce identification cards on demand. The army claims that citizens are “cooperating” with the requirement, though it is hard to verify that claim. The army has now announced that it will extend the policy to the entire country in early November.

President Buhari looks at the camera, flanked by a Nigerian flag.

October 30, 2019

United States
Election 2020: Bill Weld, Republican Presidential Candidate

Bill Weld was the first Republican to officially announce he would challenge Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination. Weld knows that his bid faces long odds. Roughly nine out of ten …

Bill Weld

October 25, 2019

Election 2020
Foreign Policy Roundup: Tim Ryan Bows Out, Warren on Israel, and Geoengineering

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

Senator Elizabeth Warren speaking in Hanover, New Hampshire, on October 24.