New Allegations Risk Undermining Senegal’s Fight against Corruption

SallSenegal, cc Flickr MONUSCO Photos, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Alleged improprieties unearthed by the BBC might be a case of doing more harm than good.

US-Philippines Relations at the Root of China’s SCS Power Play

170623-N-ZW825-577 SUBIC BAY, Republic of Philippines (June 23, 2017) Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) departs Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines at the conclusion of a scheduled port visit. Sterett is part of the Sterett-Dewey Surface Action Group and is the third deploying group operating under the command and control construct called 3rd Fleet Forward. U.S. 3rd Fleet operating forward offers additional options to the Pacific Fleet commander by leveraging the capabilities of 3rd and 7th Fleets. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Byron C. Linder/Released) - cc Flickr Naval Surface Warriors, modified - https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Without the deterrence provided by US forces, China has had an easy time eroding the Philippines’ position in the South China Sea.

A Hit and Run in the West Philippine Sea?

130629-N-YU572-272 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 29, 2013) - The Philippine Coast Guard vessel Edsa (SARV 002), left, and the Philippine Navy frigate Gregorio Del Pilar (PF 15) steam in formation during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Philippines 2013. More than 600 Sailors and Marines are participating in CARAT Philippines 2013. U.S. Navy units participating in CARAT Philippines include the Fitzgerald with embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7 staff, a U.S. Marine Corps landing force, and the diving and salvage vessels USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50) and USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52) with embarked Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1. CARAT is a series of bilateral military exercises between the U.S. Navy and the armed forces of Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor Leste. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh) (RELEASED), cc Naval Surface Warriors, Flickr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Sparks are flying on social media following China’s sinking of a Philippines fishing boat in contested waters.

Trump’s New Wall? Mexico’s Southern Border

Border Traffic at the San Ysidro Primary Port of Entry., cc US Customs and Border Protection, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:San_Ysidro_Border_Traffic_(8652039817).jpg

Mexico has missed a golden opportunity to stand up to US bullying and provide a much-needed lesson on the continent’s deepening economic interdependence.

Improving Female Participation in Defense and Security Institutions in Afghanistan

Afghan police prepare to graduate, cc Flickr NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Greater female participation in the police and army would go far in stabilizing Afghanistan. Unfortunately, there are still many perceptional and institutional challenges that must be overcome first.

Malaysia: Another Crisis Looming?

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Malaysia’s ethnic and religious minorities are being pushed to the margins by an ascendant Malay mainstream, with potentially destabilizing consequences.

A Fine Sensation of Financialization

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The Great Recession was but a bump on the road leading to the sweeping financialization of the US economy.

Strategy through Partnership Is Key to NATO’s Future

cc Flickr, modified, U.S. Department of Defense Current Photos, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joshua Matrine, a crew chief with the 159th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, cleans the canopy on an F-15C Eagle aircraft assigned to the Louisiana Air National Guard at Leeuwarden Air Base, Netherlands, March 28, 2017. The 122nd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, comprised of Louisiana and Florida Air National Guard members, conducted training alongside NATO allies to strengthen interoperability and demonstrate U.S. commitment to the security and stability of Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

The best path forward for NATO may not lie in expansion, but rather forging new partnerships with other regional organizations.

Why Civilian Rule in Sudan Should Be the Next US Foreign Policy Objective

Bashir, cc kremlin.ru, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Search&title=Special:Search&redirs=0&search=al-bashir&fulltext=Search&fulltext=Advanced+search&ns0=1&ns6=1&ns14=1&advanced=1&searchToken=2opcm2ijwul0tepizgxiym7np#%2Fmedia%2FFile%3AOmar_al-Bashir_%282017-11-23%29.jpg,

Opportunities like this don’t come often; the Trump administration would be remiss not to seize upon it.

Kazakhstan’s Presidential Transition and Central Asian Geopolitics

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Policy continuity is at a premium ahead of Kazakhstan’s presidential elections.

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