Opinion

The Ice Dragon: China’s Arctic Policy

ARCTIC OCEAN (March 19, 2011) Sailors and members of the Applied Physics Laboratory Ice Station clear ice from the hatch of the Seawolf-class submarine USS Connecticut (SSN 22) as it surfaces above the ice during ICEX 2011. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien/Released)

What’s behind China’s longstanding geopolitical interest in the Arctic region?

Trump Had No Choice but to Lift Chad’s Travel Ban

Africom's 2018 Flintlock Joint Exercises, cc USAFRICOM Flickr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The ban never had a firm policy justification, and its demise will only help the security outlook in the Sahel region.

The Border Wall Nobody Talks About

US - Mexico Border Fence, cc Flickr Tony Webster, modifier, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

For all the vicious debate, people may be surprised to learn that a US-Mexico border wall already exists.

Kazakhstan’s Foreign Policy: Escaping Geography in 2018

NurPut2, cc Kremlin.ru, modified, http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/50223

The foreign policy of the Republic of Kazakhstan is a textbook example that geography still matters and can, and does, influence a government’s foreign policy.

Energy: A Basic Human Right

India_fields_and_wind_turbines, cc Flickr Yahoo, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

It’s time to codify access to clean and reliable energy as a basic human right.

Egypt’s Samir Al Ghatas on the Nature of Terrorism

NYC terrorist attack, modified, GH9449, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_New_York_City_truck_attack#/media/File:2017_NYC_Truck_Attack_Home_Depot_Truck.jpg

Is terrorism fueled by economic, social, religious, or psychological factors?

Uranium in Niger: When a Blessing Becomes a Curse

Yellowcake, cc Flickr Nuclear Regulatory Commission, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Niger has the world’s fourth-largest uranium reserves, and not much to show for it.

Russia in the Arctic: Friend or Foe?

cc Flickr Christopher Michel, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Russia is making great strides in the Arctic. Should other Arctic Council states be concerned?

Legal Ramifications in the Self-Driving Car Era

cc Flickr Maurizio Pesce, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The advent of self-driving cars will inevitably give rise to difficult legal questions.

Ethiopians Flee to Kenya following Botched Military Operation

Somalia-Ethiopia-Oromia

Kenya has much to gain from actively working to de-escalate the growing crisis in Ethiopia’s Oromia region.

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