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Nigeria Ends US Mission To Counter Boko Haram

The Nigerian government has ended a US effort to train a battalion of its troops to fight Boko Haram, an Islamist terrorist group that is responsible for abducting hundreds of schoolgirls earlier this year,...

A year in the life: Australia’s integrated aid administration

In September 2013, there was intense media and public interest in the incoming Abbott government’s decision—one of its first—to abolish the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and transfer its functions and resources to...

‘Russia May Lose Belarus’

Staunton, November 28 – Analysts and officials in both Moscow and the West have long operated under the assumption that Russia will always be able to retain Belarus as a reliable satellite. But recent...

Russia Update: Rosneft Plans Partial Privatization

Welcome to our new column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies. The previous issue is here, and see also our...

Korean Unification in a New Era

In light of growing discussion about the future of the Korean peninsula, the CSIS Korea Chair held a major conference featuring senior-level policy and scholarly discussions on the topic of unification, and this report...

Documentary trailer: Every Last Child

[youtube:5AQBAJJoZWE] This documentary, about the growing popular suspicion towards the polio vaccine in Pakistan, debuted in New York last month. Here’s an interview with director Tom Roberts, who saw some extreme opposition to the...

Meet Jakarta’s straight-talking new governor

One person who would have been happy no matter the outcome of Indonesia’s presidential election this year is Jakarta’s newly installed governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, better known by his nickname ‘Ahok’. Ahok was allied...

The number that refuses to submerge: $36 billion

Lost amid ‘canoe-gate’ last week was an interview with the Minister for Defence during which he made an interesting comment: … the Labor Party when in power for six years had ASPI do a...

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