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Category: Policy

Rhino Passing

This is a guest post by Allen Grane, research associate for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program. On October 17, Suni, a northern white rhino, was found dead in his enclosure at...

Egypt’s Economy: Bringing The State Back In

Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew visited Cairo on Monday and no one seemed to notice or care. That’s probably because of the awful terrorist attack that took the lives of at least 33...

This Week: Turkey’s Acquiescence and Iran Sanctions

Significant Developments ISIS-Turkey. Turkey announced on Monday that it would allow Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces to cross its border to come to Kobani’s defense, five weeks after the start of ISIS’s assault on the...

Growth in the New Climate Economy

Action to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions and mitigate climate change has long been viewed as fundamentally opposed to economic growth. Indeed, the fragility of the global economic recovery is often cited as a justification to...

A Western Historian of Africa

This is a guest post by Jim Sanders, a career, now retired, West Africa watcher for various federal agencies. The views expressed below are his personal views and do not reflect those of his...

European Banks: Balance Sheet Clarity But A Cloudy Future

The European banking assessment results, released yesterday, were generally well received by markets. The test looked like earlier U.S. and Spanish stress tests in terms of structure, the results were in line with market...

What a Republican-Controlled Senate Means for India

With the midterm elections in the United States decisively giving the Republican Party control of the Senate, and a stronger showing in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, speculation in Washington now centers on what...

North America by the Numbers

How much do Canada and Mexico matter for the United States? Here are a few snapshots illustrating the importance of our combined global heft and influence. North American countries are joined by 7,500 miles...

The Challenge of ISIS is Not Only Military

The military challenge posed by ISIS (or the “Islamic State”) is grave, as we have seen in both Syria and Iraq. It has destroyed the border between those two states and roams over both...

Truly Sustainable Development Calls for Systemic Responses

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is by Alicia Ely Yamin, lecturer on global health and policy director of the FXB...

Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan Runs for Re-Election

Today, to nobody’s surprise, President Goodluck Jonathan’s spokesman announced that he would accept the ruling Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) nomination for president. The presidential elections are scheduled for February 14, 2015. Within the PDP...

Hun Sen’s Cambodia: A Review

Although the Vietnam War, including the “sideshow” war in Cambodia, has been the subject of thousands of books, post-war Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos have gotten relatively little treatment from Western writers. This despite the...

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