The New York Times - metered paywall - 30 May 2017
According to the prominent Harvard historian, History suggests that as President Trump comes to understand the risks involved, he will settle for constraints on North Korean testing to stop it from being able to reach the American homeland with a nuclear-tipped missile. In his opinion, what we see unfolding now is a Cuban missile crisis in slow motion. He concludes with a most original idea (reads in 4-6 min).
Published in Weekly selection 2 June 2017
Foreign Policy - metered paywall - 14 Jun 2016
Structurally lower oil prices are having all sorts of collateral effects on oil producing countries, particularly in terms of their social and political stability. This articles focuses on Nigeria, one of the world’s worst affected countries by lower oil prices. For years, the government paid militants in the Niger Delta not to blow up oil pipelines. Now it’s cutting them loose — and they’re taking up arms once again (reads in about 6-8 min).
Published in Weekly selection 17 June 2016
Foreign Policy - metered paywall - 4 Apr 2016
Economic growth in Africa is now in danger of falling below the rest of the world. This article warns about a possible implosion of Africa’s petrostates (particularly Nigeria and Angola) and claims that in the coming years it will be East Africa that leads the way. Countries like Ethiopia, Kenya, and Rwanda will shift the center of economic power on the continent from west to east, redefining international perceptions of Africa’s potential. (reads in 8-9 mn.)
Published in Weekly selection 8 April 2016