Confronting Drugs, Crime, and Warfare in Africa

Dec 16, 2015
Insurgents, corruption, and weak governance have made Africa a hub for clandestine narcotics shipments to Europe. Drug profits have helped fuel the continent’s wars, including the bloodshed caused by al-Qaeda–linked militants. Better governance is the key to stopping this vicious trade, but several new direct actions by the United States can also help.

Saudi Arabia’s Yemeni Quagmire

Dec 15, 2015
The Saudi-led Arab coalition fight to defeat Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who took over Yemen early this year has turned into a bloody and costly quagmire. After nine months of fighting, the two sides have reached a military stalemate. Under strong U.S. and international pressure, Saudi Arabia and its Yemeni allies began holding talks on December 15 under U.N. auspices with their Houthi enemies at a secret location in Switzerland to explore a way out of their impasse.

Making Nunavut a Full Partner in Canadian Confederation

Dec 14, 2015
While Canada’s HDI has long been one of the highest in the world, Nunavut ranks alongside Occupied Palestine and Paraguay with respect to health and educational outcomes. With their stunning recent election victory over the Conservatives, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s new Liberal government may now have the chance to change that. Prime Minister Trudeau has already sent a strong signal by appointing Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo as Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. He should now direct his government to take the necessary steps to make Nunavut a full partner in Canadian Confederation.

Lessons from the Development of Binational and Civil Society Cooperation on Water Management at the U.S.-Mexico Border

Dec 14, 2015
This essay analyzes binational and civil society cooperation on cross-border environmental issues, with a special focus on water management. The piece looks at binational water management from a holistic perspective, arguing that the growing involvement of civil society has improved policy outcomes.

Vietnam Takes on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Dec 10, 2015
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), which was signed on October 5, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia, may significantly benefit Vietnam. Designed to stimulate trading among its 12 members—Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam—the TPP creates a number of opportunities for Vietnam’s small but rapidly growing export-oriented economy. To realize the gains, however, Vietnam needs to develop a yarn and an apparel industry, use the TPP’s phase-in for tightened drug standards to upgrade its pharmaceutical production, and make the best use of future foreign investments.

Becoming a Useful Tool for Governments: The Evolution of the North American Development Bank

Dec 09, 2015
This essay discusses the evolution of the North American Development Bank, including why and how it came to be, its more recent developments, and why NADB is better positioned today to be relevant and useful in the U.S.-Mexico bilateral agenda.

Saudi Women Go to the Polls—Finally

Dec 08, 2015
On December 12, for the first time in the history of Saudi Arabia, women are going to the polls nationwide to elect their local representatives and even stand as candidates. It has been a long time coming partly because of strong opposition from the ultra-conservative religious establishment and partly, too, because of a lack of interest among Saudi women to get involved in politics.