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February 1, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Port-Elizabeth-Nelson-Mandela-Bay Podcast: "State Capture" in South Africa

Crispian Olver, a former senior South African government official, long-time ANC activist, and author of the new book How to Steal a City: The Battle for Nelson Mandela Bay, joins John Campbell to discuss the pervasive corruption in South Africa known as "state capture" and the state of the African National Congress.

January 19, 2018

Cuba
Tourists ride in a vintage car in Havana, Cuba. U.S.-Cuba Relations

The Trump administration has rolled back some of President Obama’s policies normalizing ties with Cuba.

January 3, 2018

North Korea
A woman works at a textile mill in Pyongyang, North Korea. What to Know About the Sanctions on North Korea

North Korea continues to endure economic sanctions, suggesting that enforcement has not been strong enough to pressure Pyongyang into negotiations on its nuclear program.

December 22, 2017

Global
seven stories to watch Seven Foreign Policy Stories to Watch in 2018

Two thousand seventeen had its fair share of big news stories. The same will be true of 2018. Some of those stories undoubtedly will be a surprise. Not many experts were warning a year ago of impendi…

October 22, 2014

Cuba
The Future of Guantanamo Bay

Council on Foreign Relations 10/22/14 Academic Conference Call on The Future of Guantanamo Bay with Matthew Waxman

December 15, 2017

United States
Why The Trade Balance (Still) Matters Why The Trade Balance (Still) Matters

It is a useful indicator (even for the U.S.)

December 1, 2017

Rohingya
Pope Francis rides a rickshaw as he visits St. Mary’s Cathedral in Dhaka, Bangladesh December 1, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi In Bangladesh, the Pope Has Balm for Rohingya Refugees But No Answers

Earlier this week, Pope Francis visited Myanmar. During his visit there, he did not mention the word “Rohingya” publicly, despite the fact that since August 25, world attention has been focused on th…

December 1, 2017

Political History and Theory
British soldiers marking the anniversary of the armistice that ended WW1. Ten Historical Anniversaries of Note in 2018

Anniversaries mark the passage of time, recall our triumphs, and honor our losses. Two thousand seventeen witnessed many significant historically anniversaries: the centennial of the U.S. entry into …

April 17, 2012

Cuba
Lessons Learned: Bay of Pigs Invasion

CFR’s James M. Lindsay remembers the Bay of Pigs invasion, which began on April 17, 1961, and discusses the importance of preparing for failure and planning accordingly.

October 4, 2017

Rohingya
Rohingya refugees who just arrived by wooden boats from Myanmar reach out to receive some aid Teknaf, near Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh, October 3, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj Repatriating "Verified" Rohingya—Don't Hold Your Breath

The Bangladesh press highlighted yesterday that Myanmar once again has declared willingness to repatriate Rohingya refugees who have fled to Bangladesh—after a “verification” process. According to…