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In April Felix Tshisekedi, president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), visited the United States. Controversy and protests around his victory in the long-delayed presidential election linger on, even as the transition and transfer of power has been described as the most peaceful since DR Congo’s independence. In Washington Tshisekedi met with Secretary…

Read more Rebuilding lives is foremost

For many people who follow the political developments between the United States and North Korea, the disappointment after the Hanoi summit was palpable. Rumors had been circulating of a potential agreement that would bring an official end to the Korean War and potentially open liaison offices, generally a precursor to future embassies. As news leaked…

Read more It’s time to end the Korean War

Now that Nigeria’s 2019 general elections have concluded, President Mohammadu Buhari’s government will need to evaluate its policy priorities for the coming years. The country continues to face enormous humanitarian challenges that will require an urgent response from the Nigerian government and the international community. As of January, about 1.95 million people have been displaced…

Read more Nigeria: Prioritizing a humanitarian response

Countries invest a lot of resources in national elections but sometimes the process is accompanied by violence, leading to the destruction of lives, property and livelihoods and perpetuating cycles of trauma. Nigeria’s recently concluded presidential elections were regarded as relatively peaceful, but incidents of localized violence and electoral misconduct affected the credibility of the elections. More than…

Read more Reducing electoral violence

Traditionally, the first bill of a congressional session has special significance. In the midst of a government shutdown, the Senate decided to focus its first bill on a package of four Middle East-related provisions. The S. 1. bill took up nearly a month of the Senate’s attention before passing on Feb. 5 with 77 senators…

Read more The Senate’s first bill

There is general agreement that monitoring the flow of people and goods across the U.S.-Mexico border is a necessary government function. This is especially true when it comes to efforts to restrict the flow of illicit drugs and human trafficking. However, there are disagreements among both policymakers and the public about how best to accomplish…

Read more Border walls: A simple fix?