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Thinking Aloud: “America’s Invisible Wars,” Part III

April 21, 2016 by Darius  [I recently saw a panel discussion at the CATO Institute on “America’s Invisible Wars.”  The discussion focused on some of America’s lesser-known interventions: Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia.  The panelists who presented on each of these … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Obama’s Misguided Ethiopia Trip

July 22, 2015 by Darius  This Friday, President Obama is set to begin a tour of several African countries.  Among the countries Obama is scheduled to visit is Ethiopia; Obama’s trip will be the first time a US president has … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “What Is the What”

Mar. 1, 2015 by Darius I recently read What Is the What, the (lightly fictionalized) autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, written in collaboration with American author Dave Eggers.  The haunting story is Deng’s; … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Turning Ethiopia Into China’s China”

“Turning Ethiopia Into China’s China” Bloomberg Businessweek, July 24, 2014 http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-07-24/ethiopia-vies-for-chinas-vanishing-factory-jobs “Zhang’s [Huajian Shoes] factory is part of the next wave of China’s investment in Africa. It started with infrastructure, especially the kind that helped the Chinese extract African oil, … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Rethinking Islamist Politics, Part II

Jan. 25, 2014 by Darius [Earlier this week I attended an excellent panel discussion entitled “Rethinking Islamist Politics.”  Prior to 2011 (in other words, prior to the Arab Spring), there was considerable consensus among academics who study Middle Eastern politics … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Freedom on the Net 2013”

Oct. 4, 2013 by Darius This week, Freedom House released a report on global internet freedom.  The report examined internet freedom in 60 countries around the world.  Overall, according to the report, global internet freedom actually declined, continuing a trend … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Africa’s Generals Turning to Drones”

“Africa’s Generals Turning to Drones” The Wall Street Journal, Sept. 28-29, 2013, p.A8 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304795804579100944028167308.html “Taking a cue from the U.S., more African governments are spying from the skies.  From Kenya to Nigeria, African air forces are acquiring surveillance drones—often made … Continue reading

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