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Donald Rumsfeld, George W. Bush’s former secretary of defense during the war in Iraq. DR

‘The geopolitics of risk’: the new age of uncertainty

The question is no longer how to repel all threats. Instead, it's how can we organise ourselves as a society to remain ourselves in the face of these multiple threats.
Porte de la Chapelle, Paris (July 2017). AFP

The difficult subject of refugee economies

Is the impact of refugees in the host country's economy positive or negative? The real question is really quite different: can the economy really do without refugees?
South African Reserve Bank Governor, Lesetja Kganyago, is expected to push the agenda of developing countries inside the IMF. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

Top job for South African gives African countries sway at the IMF

The governor of South Africa's Reserve Bank has been appointed to chair an important IMF committee. Countries in sub-Saharan Africa stand to benefit.
Donald Trump laying out a national strategy, Dec. 18, 2017. AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

The 2017 national security strategy: A scorecard

Congress mandates that each president produce a 'national security strategy.' What does Trump's reveal about his administration's values, priorities and prevailing problems?
South Korean people watch a live TV report showing North Korea’s special announcement that it has successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) at a station in Seoul, South Korea, 29 November 2017. EPA-EFE/KIM HEE-CHUL

For Beijing, the greatest threat to China’s national security is not the Kim regime: it is the US

China is reluctant to be more active in dealing with Pyongyang for fear of consolidating the US take over in the region.
The daily newspaper ‘Arman’ bore a picture of US President Donald Trump with a headline which reads “Isolation of Mr. Goof”, on October 14, 2017. AFP

Donald Trump, a new advocate for Iranian nationalism and Islamist hardliners

The Trump administration's change of US policy toward Iran has reinforced hardliners' ambitions and nationalistic feelings, complicating an already difficult situation in the region.
The surge in U.S. oil and natural gas production has transformed the energy picture in the country, but the influence is muted globally. Pixabay

Is energy ‘dominance’ the right goal for US policy?

The Trump administration has set a new national policy: energy dominance. But can the US really dominate other countries through fossil fuel exports?
The Navy converted to oil from coal a few years before the U.S. entered World War I, helping to solidify petroleum’s strategic status. Naval History and Heritage Command

How World War I ushered in the century of oil

Before World War I, petroleum had few practical uses, but it emerged from the war as a strategic global asset necessary for national stability and security.
German stock market after US election, November 9, 2016. Frank Rumpenhorst/EPA

Trump: where we might end up

As candidate, Trump promised protectionist trade policies and denigrated international agreements. Now, as president of the United States, how far can he go?
In 1945, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt met with King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud, part of a behind-the-scenes policy to ensure access to oil for the U.S. and its allies. National Archives and Records Administration

Exxon’s Rex Tillerson and the rise of Big Oil in American politics

Big Oil has historically played a behind-the-scenes role on American policy and politics. No longer.

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