Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete (L) and ANC Treasurer General Zweli Mkhize at the African National Congress 5th National Policy Conference in South Africa, June 30, 2017. He has been cited as a compromise between Ramaphosa and Dlamini-Zuma. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

South Africa

Jacob Zuma's administration will face a vote of no confidence at a time when the future of South African politics is more open than ever.
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Trump Foreign Policy

How have global perceptions of the United States' role in the world changed under President Trump? Listen to the latest episode of the President's Inbox podcast.

 

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Infrastructure

Chronic underinvestment, increasing demand, and worsening droughts are stressing the U.S. water system.

 

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Turkey

Turkey

Erdogan isn’t the root of Turkey’s troubles. It’s a deep-seated cycle of repression and revenge—with no end in sight.

 

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Turkey

As politicians purposefully polarize their own society for political profit, the result is rage and violence.
Brazil

Brazil

Federal investigators in Brazil have uncovered corruption at the highest levels of the government and in the country’s largest corporations.

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Qatar

Qatar

One of the world’s most-watched news networks is at the center of a geopolitical rift between a Saudi-led bloc and the broadcaster’s funder, Qatar.

 

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CFR's Steven A. Cook joins James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon in examining the causes and consequences of Qatar's diplomatic crisis with its neighbors in the region.

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Middle East and North Africa

Foreign Minister Zarif discusses current developments in the Middle East.

United States

Senator John Cornyn discusses the challenge facing the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

Asia

Is it possible for the United States to avoid a confrontation with China?

United States

Experts discuss foreign language learning in the U.S. education system as well as learning methods that go beyond the classroom walls, and the value of foreign language learning to U.S. national security.

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China China’s Maritime Disputes

The East and South China Seas are the scene of escalating territorial disputes between China and its neighbors, including Japan, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The tensions, shaped by China's growing assertiveness, have fueled concerns over armed conflict

Syria’s Civil War Who’s Who in Syria’s Civil War

Syria’s civil war is being fought on multiple fronts by an array of combatants whose alliances, capabilities, and in some cases motives have been in flux.

Labor and Employment U.S. Temporary Foreign Worker Programs

Hundreds of thousands of migrants come to the United States each year for work, but Washington has struggled to balance the shifting needs of industry with the concerns of the domestic labor force.

Democratic Republic of Congo The Eastern Congo

Over the past two decades, the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have experienced fighting that has killed more than five million people. As the eastern Congo struggles to overcome years of regional war, its hard-won progress remains at risk.

Cuba U.S.-Cuba Relations

The Trump administration has partially rolled back some business guidelines with Cuba while largely leaving the normalization policy unchanged.

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