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News You Really Need To See: “China and Africa: A Despot’s Guide to Foreign Aid”

“China and Africa: A Despot’s Guide to Foreign Aid” The Economist, April 16-22, 2016 http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21697001-want-more-cash-vote-china-united-nations-despots-guide-foreign “Pity the UN ambassador of a small African country each time a vote is called in the General Assembly. Many of the resolutions will be … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Emirates Secretly Sends Colombian Mercenaries to Yemen Fight”

“Emirates Secretly Sends Colombian Mercenaries to Yemen Fight” The New York Times, November 26, 2015, p.A1 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/26/world/middleeast/emirates-secretly-sends-colombian-mercenaries-to-fight-in-yemen.html?_r=0 “The United Arab Emirates has secretly dispatched hundreds of Colombian mercenaries to Yemen to fight in that country’s raging conflict, adding a volatile … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “From Deep State to Islamic State”

Oct. 12, 2015 by Darius  I recently read From Deep State to Islamic State: The Arab Counter-Revolution and Its Jihadi Legacy by French Middle East scholar Jean-Pierre Filiu. The book is an up-to-date analysis of why the Arab Spring crashed … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Dengue Outbreak Overwhelms Delhi”

“Dengue Outbreak Overwhelms Delhi” The New York Times, October 10, 2015, p.A4 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/10/world/asia/desperate-families-in-delhi-as-dengue-overwhelms-hospitals.html “During the annual dengue season, roughly from August to November, stories like Aman’s circulate through the city.  The dengue outbreak in Delhi appears to be the worst … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “U.S. Financing Fails to Sustain Foreign Forces”

“U.S. Financing Fails to Sustain Foreign Forces” The New York Times, October 4, 2015, p.A1 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/04/world/middleeast/uss-billions-fail-to-sustain-foreign-forces.html “With alarming frequency in recent years, thousands of American-trained security forces in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia have collapsed, stalled or … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “The ISIS Apocalypse”

Sept. 30, 2015 by Darius  Earlier this month, I saw Brookings fellow Will McCants talk about “The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State.” As always, McCants provided new insights into ISIS and what will … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Perfect Storm Guts African Food Stocks”

“Perfect Storm Guts African Food Stocks” The Wall Street Journal, September 25, 2015, p.A14 http://www.wsj.com/articles/severe-droughts-leave-africans-hungry-and-desperate-1443137463 “Ann Alinga points dejectedly to her family’s smallholding of sorghum and sunflower fields, ravaged by Africa’s worst dry spell in two decades.  Like many in … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics,” The Book

Sept. 1, 2015 by Darius  The basic premise of economics is that people act in their own best interest. But in the real world, do they? That question underpins the field of behavioral economics. I recently read Misbehaving: The Making … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Suez Upgrade May Not Ease Egypt’s Economic Journey”

“Suez Upgrade May Not Ease Egypt’s Economic Journey” The New York Times, August 7, 2015, p.A10 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/07/world/middleeast/suez-canal-channel-egypt.html?_r=0 “‘Egypt Rejoices,’ the television networks and newspapers declared, announcing ‘Egypt’s gift to the world.’  Businesses were closed, the streets of Cairo were empty, … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “The Bonds That Broke Puerto Rico”

“The Bonds That Broke Puerto Rico” The New York Times, July 1, 2015, p.B1 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/01/business/dealbook/the-bonds-that-broke-puerto-rico.html “When Puerto Rico’s governor told lawmakers and citizens on Monday that the commonwealth could not pay its $72 billion in debt, many wondered how a small, … Continue reading

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