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How the Red Sea Became a Trap

How the Red Sea Became a Trap

The recent history of the Red Sea reads like a macabre thriller, from industrial-scale hostage-taking by pirates to tit-for-tat naval attacks between Israel and Iran in international waters to unchecked drug and arms smuggling. The aftermath of the most recent major Red Sea news, the wedging of the Ever Given in the Suez Canal, has...

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Somaliland’s Strategic Case for Independence

Somaliland’s Strategic Case for Independence

Welcome to Foreign Policy’s Africa Brief. The highlights this week: Somaliland’s latest pitch for independence, fresh protests rock Sudan’s still-fragile new democracy, and Mali’s looted history. If you would like to receive Africa Brief in your inbox every Tuesday, please sign up here. A Case for Statehood For 30 years, Somaliland has called for its independence...

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It’s the Roads, Stupid

It’s the Roads, Stupid

A truck carrying charcoal and other products clears a checkpoint on the road from Matadi to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on Nov. 10, 2018. JUNIOR D. KANNAH/AFP via Getty Images Control over people, territory, or natural resources is not the main pivot of civil wars. Groundbreaking new research reveals that, instead, it’s control...