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May 25, 2018

United States
Remembering Those Memorial Day Honors

The United States has fought twelve major wars and a countless number of smaller skirmishes in its history. Memorial Day is how we honor the soldiers, sailors, airmen, airwomen, and marines who did n…

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December 22, 2017

Israel
Honor and Dishonor at the United Nations

The United States was badly outnumbered in the General Assembly. There were just 67 countries who could be said to be on “our side” in that they didn’t vote against our position. No, not this week…

December 11, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
Trump Versus the Government

As the Trump administration reaches the halfway point, what are we to make of Trump foreign policy? In the January issue of Foreign Affairs, I address that question in an article entitled "Trump V…

December 13, 2018

India
India and the World: Fueling a New Low-Carbon Growth Model

Samir Saran is the President of the Observer Research Foundation. Aparajit Pandey is the Program Director for Climate, Energy, and Resources Program at the Oberver Research Foundation. As leaders …

Workers clean photovoltaic panels inside a solar power plant in Gujarat, India.

December 5, 2018

Iran
How Women’s Small Acts of Resistance Threaten the Iranian Government

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This piece is authored by Madison Schramm, …

Women wait for a bus in central Tehran, Iran.

December 7, 2018

Lebanon
UNIFIL and the Hezbollah Tunnels

Israel announced this week the discovery of several tunnels dug by Hezbollah and reaching from Lebanon into Israel. Their existence has been confirmed, and has been condemned not only by Israel but a…

December 12, 2018

Nigeria
Doing Business in Nigeria's Northeast, the Land of Boko Haram

On December 10, the Financial Times published a fascinating article by Neil Munshi, dateline Maiduguri, on how honest businesses have adapted to operating in areas affected by Boko Haram. Specifically, Munshi cites Coca-Cola, Unilvever, and MTN, and telecommunications company. Since multinational forces dislodged Boko Haram from holding territory in 2015, the three have expanded their operations and their markets in Nigeria’s northeast.

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December 18, 2018

Yemen
Commentary: Yemen Peace Efforts Miss a Critical Factor

As Yemen’s warring parties met in Sweden last week, hopes were high that these peace talks – the first since 2016 – would spark a political process to end the ongoing conflict that has left the count…

A woman flashes the victory sign during a demonstration to demand the ouster of Yemen's Former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Sanaa, October 17, 2011.

December 18, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
Some Thoughts on President Trump’s Strategy for Africa

On December 13, Ambassador John Bolton, President Donald J. Trump’s national security advisor, delivered the administration’s long-awaited encyclical on Africa before an overflow audience at the Heritage Foundation. In a typically blunt manner, Ambassador Bolton characterized China’s policies toward Africa as rapacious and neo-colonial, expressing concern that China would use its leverage over states heavily indebted to it in return for a monopolistic hold on the continent’s natural resource bounty.

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December 18, 2018

United States
Trump’s Trade War With China Makes Russia Great Again

“Tariffs will make our country much richer than it is today,” President Trump tweeted in August. So far, there’s not much evidence of that. As the left-hand graphic above shows, U.S. exports to C…

Trump’s Trade War With China Makes Russia Great Again