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June 7, 2019

China
Is OPEC China's Problem?

The decision by the United States to wind down waivers on U.S. sanctions against Iranian oil exports has laid bare some new realities about oil geopolitics that were previously not well understood. O…

A crude oil tanker is seen at Qingdao Port, Shandong province, China, April 21, 2019. Picture taken April 21, 2019.

May 10, 2019

United Kingdom
Archie, Africa, and the Commonwealth

The birth of Archie, the first son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, has led to British media speculation, picked-up by the New York Times, that the Queen (actually, in conjunction with the Theresa May government) may dispatch them to Africa for a undetermined period. Their role, beyond lubricating the UK’s ties with its former African colonies, would be to build support for the Commonwealth of Nations. It would also get the Royal couple out of the media circus surrounding Archie’s birth. There is further speculation that Archie’s mixed race would make the family particularly attractive to Africans.

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April 24, 2019

Venezuela
Trump’s Misguided Policies Are a Gift to Venezuela’s Maduro

Punishing allies won’t help to rally international support for the restoration of democracy.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about the crisis in Venezuela during a visit to Florida International University in Miami, Florida, U.S., February 18, 2019.

January 22, 2019

North Korea
The Second Trump-Kim Summit Is Set, But Is Trump Ready?

Trump must put his affairs in order to strengthen his hand going into a second meeting with Kim Jong-un.

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January 23, 2019

Defense and Security
Climate Change Is a Threat to Military Security

This is a guest post by Benjamin Silliman, research associate for Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations.  Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) …

Damage caused by Hurricane Michael is seen on Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, U.S., October 16, 2018.

January 10, 2019

Central Africa
In Africa, A New Tactic to Suppress Online Speech: Taxing Social Media

After protesters used social media apps to topple dictators during the Arab Spring, governments in Africa are adopting a new tactic to curtail their influence: taxing social media usage.

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December 7, 2018

Saudi Arabia
OPEC’s Bigger Problems

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) decision to cut oil production by 1.2 million barrels a day (b/d), together with Russia and a few other non-OPEC producers, may have garnered …

Oil pours out of a spout.

November 10, 2018

United States
Happy 243rd Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

The Marine Corps turns 243 years-old today. On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution to create a Marine force composed of two battalions. Since then, the Marines have been …

USMC birthday

November 9, 2018

China
Selling U.S. China Policy

Vice President Mike Pence’s October 4 speech on China, which many commentators have referred to as the administration’s defining China moment, was a leaden litany of Chinese vices and a hyped-up asse…

US-China meeting

August 16, 2018

China
The Internet Was Created in the United States, But China Will Shape Its Future

For good reason, Russia and Russian hacking have dominated discussions about cyberspace this summer. But policymakers also must not lose track of the more decisive, long-term threat: China.

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