Americans Should Not Seek a World Without Rules. Just Ask the Middle East By Faisal Al Yafai - Sep 26, 2018

Earlier this month, America’s new national security adviser, John Bolton, stood up in Washington and used his first major speech to attack an international institution that the United States isn’t even a part of. “We will not cooperate with the [International Criminal Court],” he said. “We will not join the ICC. For all intents and … Continue reading “Americans Should Not Seek a World Without Rules. Just Ask the Middle East”

Turkey’s Central Bank Is Being Set Up by Erdogan to Be the Villain in the Economic Crisis By Ömer Taşpınar - Sep 24, 2018

The Turkish central bank’s decision on September 13 to raise interest rates by a massive 6.25 percentage points to 24 percent surprised many analysts. After all, only minutes before the decision was announced, the president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was once again declaring to a group of Turkish industrialists his well-known opposition to high interest rates … Continue reading “Turkey’s Central Bank Is Being Set Up by Erdogan to Be the Villain in the Economic Crisis”

Africa Should Use Arabian Gulf Investments to Balance China’s Economic Influence By Joseph Dana - Sep 23, 2018

Africa’s debt problems are coming into sharp focus – and not just due to growing concerns of a global recession in emerging markets. Rather, attention rests on the corrosive effects of aggressive Chinese financing across the continent, which has left many African countries with insurmountable debt and power dynamics that conjure up the dark days … Continue reading “Africa Should Use Arabian Gulf Investments to Balance China’s Economic Influence”

Is China Setting Out a New Model for its Engagement with Africa? By Steve Tsang - Sep 23, 2018

How should we understand the triannual Africa-China summit, which took place in Beijing earlier this month? With 53 out of 54 countries in Africa represented and singing the praises of the host, China unquestionably deems it a success. A “win” too for leaders of African countries who attended. But what do average citizens of the … Continue reading “Is China Setting Out a New Model for its Engagement with Africa?”