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January 13, 2020

United Kingdom
Brexit’s Finish Line Is Only the "End of the Beginning" for Britain and the European Union

The United Kingdom faces numerous uncertainties as Brexit nears its nominal finish line.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in London.

July 26, 2016

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Suing Lord Balfour

The unseriousness of the PLO’s desire for peace with Israel was demonstrated in a comic manner this week. Here’s the news item from the AP:   The Palestinian president says he will sue Great Br…

October 9, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Origins of African States, and Their Names

An article on the origins of the names of African countries was recently published in Quartz. It includes a map of the continent in 1885, shortly after the Berlin Conference. Portuguese and Arabic traders and explorers are the origins of some names, European mispronunciation of tribal names are the origins of others.

A bird flies in front of Mount Kenya on the horizon in Laikipia national park, Kenya.

June 8, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Lord's Resistance Army Persists

African Union (AU) Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat announced that the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has abducted over seven hundred people and displaced hundreds more in 2017. In February, it …

Lord's Resistance Army Caesar Achellam

August 26, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Bernie Sanders, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Is the second time the charm? Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders certainly hopes so. Back in 2016, the self-proclaimed democratic socialist gave heavily favored Hillary Clinton a surprisingly tough run f…

Bernie Sanders

January 2, 2018

Nigeria
Lord Lugard Created Nigeria 104 Years Ago

Lord Frederick Lugard, in a bid to simplify his colonial duties and subsidize his northern territory with his southern territory, signed a piece of paper on January 1, 1914 and created the political space that is Nigeria.

Nigeria-Independence-Day-Lagos

June 25, 2019

Global Governance
The World Order is Dead. Long Live the World Order.

The liberal world order faces a litany of challenges today. Instead of abandoning the world order that has served most of the world well, the United States and Middle Powers should seek to preserve a…

People hold up inflatable world globes during World Environment Day celebrations in Sydney, Australia on June 5, 2009.

March 26, 2014

United States
Praise the Lord and Pass the MREs

It’s getting to be a habit. For the Ukrainians facing Russian aggression, we shipped MREs: meals ready to eat. For Syrian rebels facing Hezbollah, Iranian Revolutionary Guards, and Assad’s armed for…

February 16, 2019

World Order
Atlantic Charter 2.0: A “Declaration of Principles for Freedom, Prosperity, and Peace”

Leading global figures have released a new "Declaration of Principles for Freedom, Prosperity, and Peace." Call it Atlantic Charter 2.0. 

Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill meet off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, in 1941.

December 28, 2018

Global
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2018

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2018 who shaped U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten world figu…

Kofi Annan addresses a news conference UN headquarters in New York, 1997. REUTERS/Jeff Christensen.