Civil Society Under Assault: Security, Counter-Terrorism, and Hungary’s Crackdown on NGOs

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For a microcosm for how civil society is threatened throughout the world, look no further than Hungary.

Fading Daesh, Rising Al Qaeda?

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A resurgence of Al-Qaeda in the MENA region is one of the many topics discussed at a recent international conference in Bucharest.

Central Asia Aid Vital to US Counterterrorism Efforts

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On Central Asia, President Trump should listen to the words of Defense Secretary Mattis: “If you don’t fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition.”

Why is Africa Silent about Jospeh Kabila?

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The African Union is letting Joseph Kabila get away with flouting the DRC’s constitution.

India-China Competition in the Himalayas Heats Up

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China continues to strengthen its strategic position in the Himalayas, despite objections from India – and now Bhutan as well.

Lessons from Zika and Ebola: Global Health is a Defense Issue

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Health cuts in the United States risk hampering the world’s response to the next big pandemic.

Now May Be the Time for Talks with North Korea

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The combination of pressure from China, tightening sanctions, and a yet incomplete nuclear program may have opened a window of opportunity for negotiations with Pyongyang.

Libyan Exports Rain on OPEC’s Parade

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New production from Libya is threatening OPEC attempts to support global oil prices.

The Wonderful World of Binary Categorizations

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Winning has never felt this bad.

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi Is Not Doing the Press any Favors

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Even after a year of NLD rule, press freedom in Myanmar is languishing in the dark ages.

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