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July 23, 2018

Pakistan
Pakistan’s General Election 2018: So Far, No Cause for Celebration

Ahead of national elections in Pakistan this week, allegations of pre-poll rigging, press intimidation, and the mainstreaming of militant groups are all cause for concern.

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July 12, 2018

Wars and Conflict
Global Conflict This Week: Dimming Peace Prospects in South Sudan

Welcome to “Global Conflict This Week,” a series that highlights developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week. Stay up to date on these conflicts and others with th…

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June 15, 2018

Wars and Conflict
Global Conflict This Week: June 15, 2018

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

Afghan policeman in Kabul, Afghanistan

May 8, 2018

Ethiopia
Ethiopia’s Long Political Transition Is a Lesson for Others

Abiy Ahmed's ascension to office in Ethiopia is only the latest development in an attenuated transition process that began with the death of Meles Zenawi in 2012.

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January 23, 2018

Egypt
Egypt's Putinesque Election

With an election looming, the incumbent president arrests and disqualifies all possible opponents, one after another. Vladimir Putin? Yes, as we see in his treatment of Alexei Navalny. (The BBC tells…

January 9, 2018

Somalia
Al-Shabab

Al-Shabab remains capable of carrying out massive attacks in Somalia and surrounding countries despite a decade-long African Union offensive against the Islamist group. 

Al-Shabab in Somalia

January 9, 2018

Somaliland
Somaliland Peacefully Elects and Swears In Another President

Recognition is on top of the agenda for the de facto independent state of Somaliland's new president, Muse Bihi Abdi. He is the third peacefully elected president since 2003.

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December 28, 2017

United States
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2017

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2017 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…

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December 1, 2017

Yemen
How the Saudi Blockade Threatens Famine in Yemen

Averting famine will require Saudi Arabia to permit the resumption of commercial shipping of food and fuel to the besieged country.

Shipping to the Red Sea port of Hodeidah has been largely cut off.

November 7, 2017

Saudi Arabia
Oil and a More Muscular Saudi Arabia

Saudi oil policy is undergoing a significant, yet subtle shift that is likely to have broader, strategic implications. The shift comes in the wake of a perfect storm of complicated existential threat…

Investors talk with each other as they monitor a screen displaying stock information at the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia June 29, 2016.