The kidnapping of more than 250 high school girls in northeast Nigeria has catapulted the terrorist group Boko Haram into the international spotlight. It has also raised uncomfortable questions for the Nigerian authorities, which have been condemned for their slow response to the crisis.
On Thursday (May 8), the Senate Foreign Relations Committee convened a hearing on the ongoing political and human rights crisis in Venezuela. Deputy Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson, Executive Director for the Americas at Human Rights Watch José Miguel Vivanco, and Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Moisés Naím testified, taking questions from Committee members on the nature of the crisis and its implications.
This is the current list of Presidential appointments in the Department of Defense which require Senate confirmation. In the event that no one has been nominated, the individual "performing the duties of" or Acting is listed.
Foreign assistance is dwarfed in terms of funding by developing countries’ own financial resources. As many traditional donors continue to deal with the after effects of the global financial crisis, it is clear that a significant increase in aid will not occur any time soon.
In about two weeks, we will know how India’s various political parties fared in the Lok Sabha elections and, shortly after, will have a new government in Delhi. Then political parties will shift from election mode to governance. But what will be the focus of the next government? And what are the key parties saying about issues of interest to the American audience?
In a recent report, Afghanistan after the Drawdown: U.S. Civilian Engagement in Afghanistan Post-2014 and at a May 7 panel discussion at CSIS, Jerry Hyman proposes that the civilians concentrate on good governance and economic growth while paring down their other programs to accommodate budget reductions and the possible scenarios for a post-drawdown Afghanistan.
India’s national election commenced on April 7, running until May 12. On May 16, the results will be announced. While it certainly appears the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to win the most seats and be in a good position to form the next government, nothing is certain in Indian politics. Irrespective of who wins, there will be a dramatic leadership change.
Malaysia Airlines flight 370 (MH370) is presumed to have crashed into the southern Indian Ocean, “about as close to nowhere as it’s possible to be, but . . . closer to Australia than anywhere else,” according to Australian prime minister Tony Abbott.
Three primary factors will define post-2014 Afghanistan: security, governance, and the economy. Security is uncertain at best, notwithstanding the optimistic public projections of the U.S. military leaders. Reasonably decent governance will depend on the security environment, and Afghanistan has had a miserable record of governance with poor performance and rampant corruption.
We are pleased to present this fourth issue of the newsletter for the CSIS-IYF Youth, Prosperity, and Security Initiative. This has been a busy winter for the Initiative, full of public events, roundtable discussions, and publications.