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Fault Lines Episode 35: Pipelines, the Arctic, and Crimes Against Humanity - Global Leadership Dilemmas!

`Nord Stream 2 is exacerbating the split between the United States and its European Allies.  Across the Mediterranean Laurent Gbagbo is acquitted of crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court (ICC).  Les Munson, Jamil Jaffer, Loren Dealy Mahler, and Andrew Borene discuss how the U.S. should push back against the Russians in Europe and how Americans should think about the ICC.

Foreign Policy Essay

Can Abiy Keep Reforming?

Editor’s Note: Ethiopia seemed on the path to reform, but a series of assassinations has rocked the country. Yale's Hilary Matfess warns that the violence may derail the positive changes being made under the leadership of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who is responding to the killings with a tough crackdown. The situation calls for the international community to focus more on Ethiopia and push for it to continue liberalizing reforms.

Daniel Byman


Foreign Policy Essay

Fixing Ethiopia Requires More Than a New Prime Minister

Editor’s Note: For years, Ethiopia has appeared to be a relative success story, emerging from years of conflict and becoming a somewhat democratic, pro-Western ally in East Africa. Yet this success is in jeopardy. Yale's Hilary Matfess details the creeping authoritarianism in Ethiopia and its dangers for the country and the United States.


Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act

D.C. Circuit: Ethiopia Immune from Hacking Suit under the FSIA

Last Tuesday, the D.C. Circuit ruled in Doe v. Ethiopia that Ethiopia cannot be sued in U.S. court for allegedly hacking the computer of a political dissident living in Maryland. The unanimous decision affirmed the district court’s dismissal for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction.

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