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April 3, 2018

South Africa
Court Decision Shines Light on Race Relations in South Africa

There has been backlash among white South Africans. Some have argued that she was upset after having just been robbed (this was part of her defense in court as well), while others have complained that black insults and threats to whites—especially by political figures—have gone unpunished.

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November 15, 2018

United States
Presidents and War Powers

PDF Version. A review of Michael Beschloss, “Presidents of War” (Crown Books, 2018).  *** The U.S. Constitution vests the president with “executive power” and provides that “The President sh…

Lectern with presidential seal

November 15, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia Considers New Oil Production Cuts Amid Shrinking Budget Deficits

This is a guest post by Jareer Elass, an energy analyst who has covered the Gulf and OPEC for 25 years. He is a regular contributor to the Arab Weekly.  As the 2019 budget season approaches, Saudi…

 Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih addresses the gathering during India Energy Forum in New Delhi, India, October 15, 2018.

October 16, 2012

Light Blogging

Blogging will be light for the next few weeks. In the meantime, here are some interesting new releases on the Middle East that you may enjoy: The Politics of Nationalism in Modern Iran by Ali Ansar…

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November 8, 2018

South Korea
A Missed Opportunity to Commemorate a Positive Moment in Korea-Japan Relations

Scott Snyder and Brad Glosserman are co-authors of The Japan-South Korea Identity Clash: East Asian Security and the United States.   Anniversaries loom large in international relations. They are …

South Korean President Kim Dae-jung speaks at a joint news conference with Japan's Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi at the Akasaka state guesthouse in Tokyo on October 8, 1998.

November 7, 2018

Brazil
Brazil’s Corruption Fallout

Federal investigators in Brazil have uncovered corruption at the highest levels of the government and in the country’s largest corporations.

A Petrobras refinery in Cubatao, Brazil.

November 1, 2018

China
China and Russia: Collaborators or Competitors?

This is a guest post by Sophia Lian, intern for Energy and Climate Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations.  Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Beijing and Moscow’s shared goal of reorien…

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a meeting with participants of a round table discussion on Russia-China Cooperation on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia September 11, 2018

October 31, 2018

Russia
U.S. Cyber Command Targeted Russian Operatives to Deter Election Meddling. Here’s Why.

Although anonymity is generally prized for successful cyber operations, it might not be ideal in all cases, especially if the United States wants to deter an Russia spreading disinformation. 

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October 18, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Can the Oil Threat Spare Saudi Arabia From America’s Wrath?

Threatening a price hike might work in the short term, but it would come with serious costs to the kingdom’s reputation as a moderating influence on oil markets.

Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih

October 12, 2018

United States
Happy 243rd Birthday to the U.S. Navy!

The U.S. Navy turns 243 years-old tomorrow. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned two ships, each with eighty sailors, “for intercepting such transports as may be laden with warl…

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