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August 23, 2018

South Africa
President Trump Gets South African Land Reform Wrong

President Trump tweeted on August 22 that he has directed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to “closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures” and the “large scale killing of farmers.” In his tweet, the president quoted Fox News host Tucker Carlson that “South African government is now seizing land from white farmers.”

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August 16, 2018

Afghanistan War
Global Conflict This Week: Major Taliban Offensive in Afghanistan

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

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August 14, 2018

United States
The Unconstrained Presidency: Checks and Balances Eroded Long Before Trump

This article was originally published in Foreign Affairs.  In the age of Donald Trump, it often feels as though one individual has the power to chart the United States’ course in the world all by …

August 10, 2018

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Global Conflict This Week: Cease-Fire Halts Gaza Cross-Border Exchange

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

Interceptor missile fired as rockets are launched from Gaza towards Israel

August 6, 2018

Zimbabwe
The Likely Way Out of Zimbabwe's Election Crisis

Mnangagwa's victory was promptly and shamefully endorsed by African Union observers and those from the Southern African Development Community, but questioned by observers from the European Union, the National Democratic institute and the International Republican Institute, and, most important, the Zimbabwe Election Support Network, a local NGO umbrella that deployed 6,500 observers around the country.

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August 2, 2018

Zimbabwe
Violence Mars Zimbabwe’s First Post-Mugabe Election

The people of Zimbabwe turned out in impressively large numbers—the Zimbabwe Election Commission reported 70 percent of voters turned out—on July 30 to choose a way forward for their country. The election, the first without Robert Mugabe on the ballot, was billed as a chance to close a painful chapter in the country's history, and bring real legitimacy, at last, to the government. It was a moment of hope.

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August 2, 2018

Zimbabwe
Women Candidates Face Harassment and Threats of Violence in Zimbabwe

A new International Foundation for Electoral Studies (IFES) report finds women who run for office in Zimbabwe face a variety of persistent challenges, and calls into question the 10-year time limit o…

Women walk past Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) posters in Harare, Zimbabwe, July 26, 2018.

July 31, 2018

Zimbabwe
The Zimbabwe Election and Mnangagwa’s Charm Offensive

A victorious candidate must win 50 percent of the total vote plus one. If there is no outright winner, the top two candidates will be forced into a runoff, which would take place on September 8. Mnangagwa and Chamisa ran neck and neck in preelection polls, and there are many analysts now raising the possibility, even the likelihood, of a runoff.

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July 31, 2018

Digital Policy
What Policymakers Need to Know About Quantum Computing

Imagine a global leak, an explosion of data unlike anything the planet has yet seen, where the innermost secrets of virtually every government, corporation, and entity on the planet are thrown open. …

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May 30, 2018

Cybersecurity
Instead of Hacking Back, U.S. Companies Should Let Cyber Command Do It for Them

Having private companies "hack back" against their attackers in cyberspace has always been a controversial idea. It is also illegal in the United States. Companies should instead rely on the U.S. gov…

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