Extremist Violence Still Threatens Global Progress

Forces Armees Nigeriennes soldiers advane on a notional enemy position in a training mission during Exercise Flintlock 2018 at Agadez, Niger, April 17, 2018. Flintlock is an annual, African-led, integrated military and law enforcement exercise that has strengthened key partner nation forces throughout North and West Africa as well as western Special Operations Forces since 2005. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Mary S. Katzenberger, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne)/Released)

Great power rivalry will always be with us. Extreme poverty and the violence it germinates do not have to be.

South Sudan, Uganda, and Rwanda under Threat from Expanding DRC Ebola Outbreak


At 680 cases, the current Ebola outbreak in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo is the second-largest in history.

ARIA Reassures Vietnam of Ongoing US FONOPS in South China Sea

Lễ đón Sỹ quan, thủy thủ đoàn tàu Hải quân Hoa Kỳ thăm hữu nghị Đà Nẵng (The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) crew greeted by Vietnamese in Da Nang, Vietnam last year. Courtesy of VNA.)

The Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA) is the latest sign of a renaissance in US-Vietnam relations.

FLASH: Beijing Doubles Down on Stimulus

Yuan2, cc Flickr David Dennis, modified,

As signs of an economic downturn multiply, the Chinese government is dusting off its old stimulus playbook.

EU-NATO Relations: Beyond Dependency?

Natoflags, cc Flickr Antonio C., modified,

The Trump era brings uncertainty over the future of the Atlantic Alliance, but it also brings new opportunities for fruitful EU-NATO cooperation.

Outlook 2019: Key Elections (Asia)


The year ahead will see pivotal electoral contests in Thailand, India, and Afghanistan.

US Debt: Bomb or Overblown?

Source: Congressional Budget Office (CBO), public domain

Ignored by headlines and political debate, the US debt load continues to expand at a staggering rate.

Myanmar’s Peace Process on Life Support

ASSK, cc Flickr DFID - UK Department for International Development, modified,

Will the once revered Aung San Suu Kyi be able to resuscitate her country’s stalled peace process?

Outlook 2019: Key Elections (Africa)


The year ahead will see pivotal electoral contests in Nigeria, South Africa, and Algeria.

US-India Relations in 2019: A Closer Partnership?

G20op, cc Flickr The White House, modified, (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead), public domain

A variety of shared geopolitical interests will bring New Delhi and Washington closer together in the year to come.

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