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December 28, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
African Leaders Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’ Syndrome

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state, but civil society and regional blocs may be slowing the trend of extending presidential terms in some areas.

May 31, 2017

Americas
Panelists speak on South America From Venezuela to Argentina: The Situation in South America

This afternoon, I had the privilege of speaking alongside Cynthia Arnson, Kellie Meiman Hock, and Michael Shifter on current events in South America. Our talk covered countries from Colombia to Argen…

May 20, 2017

United States
Quiet American Set Ten More Vietnam War Movies

Two years ago I posted my picks for the "Top Ten Vietnam War Movies." As I noted earlier this month, whenever you post a list you are inviting people to point out what you missed. Since today is the …

April 18, 2017

Politics and Government
Zuma Parliament No Confidence Vote Postponed in South Africa

Speaker of the South African National Assembly Baleka Mbete has postponed the date for a vote of no confidence in the government of Jacob Zuma from April 18 to early May. The delay was caused by the …

October 11, 2013

France
A Conversation with Pierre Moscovici

Minister Pierre Moscovici discusses France, the European Union, and the broader international economic situation.

February 13, 2018

Russia
Play CSR Russia Containing Russia: How to Respond to Moscow's Intervention in U.S. Democracy and Growing Geopolitical Challenge

In the Council Special Report Containing Russia: How to Respond to Moscow’s Intervention in U.S. Democracy and Growing Geopolitical Challenge, Robert D. Blackwill and Philip H. Gordon argue that the …

February 8, 2017

South Africa
Zuma SONA 17 Jacob Zuma and the State of the South African Nation

On February 9, President Jacob Zuma will deliver South Africa’s annual State of the Nation speech in parliament. The substance of the speech is likely to be a mixture of policy stability with calls f…

October 21, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
sa-icc-withdraw South Africa’s Possible Withdraw from the International Criminal Court

South Africa’s Jacob Zuma administration’s notice to the United Nations of its intention to withdraw from the International criminal Court (ICC) has been received with consternation by civil society …

November 28, 2017

United Nations
Play Jeffrey D. Feltman A Conversation With Jeffrey Feltman

Jeffrey Feltman discusses his five years as undersecretary-general for political affairs at the United Nations (UN), the role of the UN in mediating and preventing conflict, and the relationship betw…

September 3, 2015

Human Rights
UNRWA Again: UN Employees Incite Hatred

I’ve written before about the United Nations agency dealing with Palestinian "refugees," UNRWA-- here, here, and here--but the subject must be revisited in light of new discoveries by the invaluable …