Analysis

America says goodbye to Michelle Obama, its mom-in-chief

As she prepares to leave the White House, first lady and self-titled “mom-in-chief” Michelle Obama remains popular. Sara Hayden The Conversation Indeed, Obama was one of Hillary Clinton’s most powerful advocates during Clinton’s historic but ultimately unsuccessful presidential campaign. From Obama’s speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention to her rebuke of Donald Trump’s lewd comments about women, Obama urged the country to “go high” for the sake of our children. Assuming a maternal role is not unusual for a ... Read More »

Why the nude still shocks

A new exhibition explores art’s long fascination with the naked form. BBC By Sam Rigby Why do representations of the human body continue to cause controversy? Sam Rigby finds out. Why the nude… Read More »

Turkey at Thanksgiving Is Enough

President M. Nixon is not generally admired as a fountain of profundity. American Thinker By Michael Curtis But attention should be paid by sore political losers to this pithy remark: “You’ve got to learn to survive a… Turkey at Thanksgiving… Read More »

How Iran Hopes the Nuclear Deal Will Revive Its Economy

Rouhani’s first target is the country’s corrupt banking system. The National Interest Farhad Rezaei From the beginning of his presidency, Hassan Rouhani and his team considered the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) negotiated between Iran and… How Iran Hopes… Read More »

Israel/Palestine: Parameters for a Two-State Settlement

The collapse of U.S.-led Israeli-Palestinian talks in 2014 led to political instability, rising violence and settlement expansion. ICG To improve his successors’ peace-making chances, President Obama should push for a new UN Security Council resolution setting out the basic parameters of a deal. Executive Summary President Obama has a final chance to shape his legacy as a… Israel/Palestine: Parameters… Read More »

Why Yemen Will Be Donald Trump’s Litmus Test

Will the president-elect buy into Saudi Arabia’s and the neoconservatives’ Iran-centric view of the conflict? Michael Horton The civil war in Yemen—in which the United States is deeply involved—will be a litmus test for the… Why Yemen Will… Read More »

There’s great potential in maritime heritage

Leaders recently adopted the African Charter on Maritime Security, Safety and Development. Daily Nation By PAUL ODHIAMBO The charter has been developed at a time when African states are rethinking the potential of the blue economy in their territorial waters and… There’s great potential… Read More »

The Electoral College has to go — here’s how we do it

The United States can’t pretend to be a democracy. BY MARK WESTON, CONTRIBUTOR First-place candidates have lost two presidential elections in the last 16 years: Al Gore lost despite beating George W. Bush by 544,000 votes in 2000, and Hillary Clinton was defeated even though she… The Electoral College has… Read More »

Algeria’s South: Trouble’s Bellwether

As waves of protests have hit the hydrocarbon-rich Algerian south since 2013, authorities maintained a tenuous peace through handouts, repression and policing. To calm tensions, the state needs to clarify policies, communicate with local protestors and address underlying issues of… Algeria’s South: Trouble’s… Read More »

The Islamic State Threat in Somalia’s Puntland State

A stretch of Somalia’s coast has been seized by Islamic State fighters who split from the country’s main jihadist militia Al-Shabaab, which is aligned with Al-Qaeda. A concerted response by the Somali federal authorities is now urgently required to contain the… The Islamic State… Read More »

Get Ready for the India-Japan Partnership

Reading between the lines of Abe and Modi’s joint statement. Sumit Kumar While Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe’s visit in December last year had reaffirmed the desire to transform the Japan-India Strategic and… Get Ready for the… Read More »

Cameroon: Confronting Boko Haram

Cameroon’s military campaign against the Boko Haram insurgency started late but has met with partial success. To consolidate gains and bring lasting peace to the Far North, the government must now shift to long-term socioeconomic development, countering religious radicalism and… Cameroon: Confronting Boko… Read More »