Why you should care
Because a clear-eyed take on the Beltway and geopolitics can be tough to come by.
Fresh off of six years covering foreign policy, Congress and U.S. politics in Washington, D.C., Emily Cadei has reported from England, Japan, South Africa, Pakistan and Kazakhstan before returning to her Northern California roots here at OZY. She brings a wealth of contacts and connections, keeping OZY covered on everything from wonks and global trends to sports. Catch up on some of her best work:
France’s muscular agenda abroad comes as the United States ratchets back its military ambitions in the wake of 10-plus taxing years in Iraq and Afghanistan. Security experts say current geopolitical circumstances have as much to do with this changing perception as any shift in French policy. They can be bold about protecting their interests abroad in part thanks to the power of the French executive branch, experts says, which unlike the American president or the British prime minister, is not hemmed in by its legislature. But can their defense budgets keep up the pace?
Imagine gathering an Avengers-style team of policy experts to find ways to crack down on Iran – Mark Dubowitz did it. And Washington is listening. This past fall, his name was suddenly on the tips of policymakers’ tongues as the White House, Congress and allies overseas sparred over thawing relations with Iran after more than 30 acrimonious years. The plan? A highly technical financial maneuver resting on the fact that more than $100 billion of Iran’s cash reserves are tied up in overseas bank accounts it can’t access, a result of U.S. sanctions barring certain banking transactions with Tehran. After such a high-stakes proposal, it’s worth watching where this think tank turns its gaze next.
Forget what you little you learned from a certain Sacha Baron Cohen movie. Kazakhstan is now the largest and most developed country in what was, until recently, a forgotten corner of the world. Wedged south of Russia, west of China and north of Iran and Afghanistan, Central Asia is attracting attention from global powers for its strategic location and, more important, its abundant natural resource wealth.
“Israel hasn’t set the world on fire yet, but he’s holding a lit match,” rugby reporter Iain Payten tells OZY. The 24-year-old Folau’s uniquely graceful free-flowing style, have renewed Aussie interest in rugby and his team. His signature move is an astonishing vertical leap to outjump opponents and catch the ball after it’s been punted — his skills plus his gentle-giant demeanor and scandal-free off-field lifestyle make him an international athlete to watch.