On the surface, the easy and conventional explanation for the recent drop (20% since June) in oil prices - even in the face of heightened geopolitical risk/unrest in key oil producing regions - has focused mainly on the growth in supply (especially in the United States), lackluster global demand, and sizable global inventories. In combination, this trifecta has led market analysts to be both complacent (to date, this unrest has not impeded production volumes) and more recently, bearish. U.S. liquids production continues to grow; Russian exports, even in the face of sanctions remain high, and Iraq and Iran continue to export even as Libyan volumes go up and down.
It isn’t often that speakers at the United Nations get standing ovations, but that is what Marshall Islands poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, 26, received at the September 23 UN Climate Summit in New York after reading a haunting poem  addressed to her seven-month-old daughter.
On Friday September 5, a ceasefire between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatist rebels in the east of the country (mainly Donestk and Luhansk oblasts) went into effect, following the meeting in Minsk of a “contact group” representing Ukraine, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and Russia.
The Maghreb is looking south to secure its future. Though ties between sub-Saharan and North Africa are deep and go back centuries, after independence in the 1950s and 1960s, Maghreb countries primarily viewed sub-Saharan Africa as an arena for competition among themselves.
Some of the United States’ most vital and impactful relationships with African nations are in the health sector.
Many in the United States consider much of sub-Saharan Africa to be outside of U.S. strategic interests. Yet the United States often finds itself drawn into conflicts associated with what is often called Africa’s “state failure” problem.
Africa’s place in the energy world is defined by its growing population and energy consumption, its legacy and new resource endowment, and its strategic location. In recent years excitement over newfound natural gas resources in East Africa has dominated headlines, heralding speculation about an emerging age of African energy.
All but unknown and little discussed by the foreign policy community in Washington are two related phenomena playing out in Africa and other parts of the Global South: the opportunities of the open agenda and the formidable challenges of closing space around civil society.
The U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit will focus on trade and investment opportunities in Africa, while highlighting America’s commitments to security and democratic governance on the continent.
For several decades, the Americas have actively sought to engage other regions of the world.