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April 24, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Politics of Food in the Time of COVID-19

In many African states, food insecurity is a serious problem getting worse by the day. This week, international experts sounded the alarm about acute food shortages affecting some 135 million people, more than half of them Africans. The coronavirus crisis, with its effect on livelihoods, productivity, and agricultural supply chains, could nearly double that already staggering number of people threatened with starvation.

Villagers queue to collect food aid distributed by the World Food Program (WFP) following a prolonged drought in rural Mudzi district, Zimbabwe, February 20, 2020

March 26, 2020

Guinea
Divergent Paths in West African Democracy: Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire

Last weekend, as Americans pondered how our election cycle will proceed in the midst of the constraints and disruption necessitated by the coronavirus, the people of Guinea found themselves deciding whether or not to venture out and vote in both a highly controversial referendum and legislative elections.

 Guinea's President Alpha Conde arrives at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London, Britain January 20, 2020.

March 19, 2020

Oil and Petroleum Products
Oil Price War: Is U.S. Shale The First To Blink?

As the oil price war continues, markets are hanging on every word coming from Washington, Moscow and Riyadh, amid signs that diplomacy could be afoot. A statement by the Kremlin’s presidential spokes…

Sarah Mandel (R) of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and representing the organization Food and Water Watch, holds a banner as she takes part in a small anti-fracking protest in front of the White House in Washington November 3, 2015. Thanks to the fracking boom that has helped boost U.S. oil production 80 percent since 2008 and slashed the country's crude imports, the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve is brimming. The world's largest supply of government-owned emergency oil holds 695 million barrels, the equivale

March 12, 2020

Libya
Prospects for Peace in Libya Are Bleak

Despite recent UN efforts to coordinate talks, peace in Libya remains elusive.

Libyan protesters shout and wave Libyan flags while demanding an end to Khalifa Haftar's offensive against Tripoli.

March 10, 2020

Saudi Arabia
Why Current Saudi-Russia Oil Price War Is Not Déjà Vu

It’s happened several times before: geopolitical tensions between Saudi Arabia and Russia have led to a dramatic drop in oil prices in years past. But the breakdown in Saudi-Russian cooperation in oi…

A gas station worker wearing a protective face mask sits next to a petrol station, after Saudi Arabia imposed a temporary lockdown on the province of Qatif following the spread of coronavirus, in Qatif, Saudi Arabia March 9, 2020. REUTERS/Stringer

February 9, 2020

Trade
Smaller Countries Lose in the U.S.–China Trade Deal

Since the phase one trade deal between China and the United States was inked on 15 January, much of the commentary has focused on the overly ambitious targets for Chinese purchases of US goods. Criti…

Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou

November 15, 2019

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: The Democratic Foreign Policy Establishment Embraces Joe Biden

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: endorsements for Joe Biden, U.S. troops, and new candidates.

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to a crowd after filing for the New Hampshire presidential primary on November 8.

November 10, 2019

United States
Happy 244th Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

The U.S. Marine Corps turns 244 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 …

U.S. Marine Corps

October 30, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Bill Weld, Republican Presidential Candidate

Update: Bill Weld announced on March 18, 2020, that he was ending his campaign.  Bill Weld was the first Republican to officially announce he would challenge Donald Trump for the Republican presid…

Bill Weld

October 11, 2019

United States
Happy 244th Birthday to the U.S. Navy!

The U.S. Navy turns 244 years-old this weekend. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned two ships, each with eighty sailors, “for intercepting such transports as may be laden with …

U.S. Navy