Columnist

Kerry Boyd Anderson

Kerry Boyd Anderson is a writer and political risk consultant with more than 14 years experience as a professional analyst of international security issues and Middle East political and business risks. Her previous positions include deputy director for advisory with Oxford Analytica and managing editor of Arms Control Today.

Twitter: @KBAresearch

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Climate change-fueled migration will add to global instability

In March, US media reported on two groups who could claim the title of the country’s first “climate refugees” — a Native American tribe in Louisiana and a coastal community in Alaska. Both communities are planning to relocate away from land that is disappearing.

April 18, 2018

Increasing polarization of US political parties a threat to system

The make-up of the two main US political parties — Republicans and Democrats — is changing in ways that are likely to feed into the trend of hardening partisanship, with potentially negative long-term consequences for American democracy.

April 09, 2018

Palestinians gaining influence with the American left

Democratic member of the US House of Representatives Betty McCollum wrote on Twitter after Israel last month sentenced 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi: “An Israeli military court’s decision to sentence a girl to eight months in prison reminds us that American taxpayers should not subsidize the Israeli mi

April 01, 2018

Balancing sovereignty with humanitarian rights

If you listen to foreign policy speeches given in the last year by US President Donald Trump, recently dismissed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, you will hear a specific word constantly repeated: “Sovereign,” or “sovereignty.” In Trump’s September speech

March 25, 2018

In whose interest is it to move US embassy?

As the United States works to move its official embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, some American Christians have praised the current US administration.

March 18, 2018

Populism’s rise is bad news for the global system

This month’s Italian election became the latest significant indication of the growing strength of populism, at least in the West and possibly beyond. Two populist parties — the Five Star Movement and the League — did very well and will play key roles in shaping Italy’s political future.

March 11, 2018

Does the UN Security Council still have value?

The UN Security Council sits atop the organizational chart in the international system, but many people around the world are currently wondering if the system’s leader is deeply dysfunctional.

March 04, 2018

The world must do more to combat corruption

The new Corruption Perceptions Index for 2017 was released last week and it shows that the world is making little overall progress in combating corruption.

February 25, 2018

Oxfam scandal is not about morality, but abuse of power

The past week has been a bad one for the international aid community, with the news that the UK charity Oxfam covered up an inquiry into some of its staff’s sexual exploitation of vulnerable women in Haiti in 2011, after the devastating earthquake there the year before. 

February 18, 2018