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May 5, 2017

South Africa
Zuma and Ramaphosa in the shadow of Mandela. The ANC Leadership Table: Who is in the Race?

For junkies of South African politics, Ranjeni Munusamy has put together a list of likely candidates for the leadership of the African National Congress (ANC) at the upcoming party convention in Dece…

June 27, 2016

Cuba
President Bush Medal Freedom Oscar Biscet Bush Gives the Medal of Freedom to a Cuban Hero

In 2007, President George W. Bush awarded the Medal of Freedom in absentia to the Cuban human rights and democracy activist Oscar Elias Biscet. This week, he was able to place the award on Biscet’s s…

March 17, 2016

Cuba
Senator Menendez Speaks About the Obama Visit to Cuba

On Thursday, Sen. Robert Menendez (D, NJ) delivered a long and heartfelt statement on the floor of the United States Senate about Pres. Obama’s  forthcoming visit to Cuba. The entire text is copied b…

September 18, 2015

Iran
WR09182015 Weekend Reading: Egypt’s Parliament, Beirut’s Stinky Protests, and Iran’s Anti-ISIL Strategy

Beesan Kassab asks why Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is afraid of the constitution and parliament. Elias Muhanna notes how Beirut’s #YouStink protests are changing political participation …

October 17, 2012

Venezuela
Venezuela’s Chávez Wins Fourth Term

Longtime Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez’s fourth term as president allows for the continuation of his "socialist revolution," but questions over his health remain a wildcard in assessing Venezuela’s f…

January 16, 2015

Egypt
WR01162015_2 Weekend Reading: Dogging It In Cairo, Lebanon’s Pretty Good Year, and Rethinking Syria Before The War

Adham Elsherif presents a short, English-subtitled film on life in Cairo through the eyes of street dogs. Elias Muhanna argues that, despite its troubles, Lebanon had a better year in 2014 that expe…

July 22, 2009

Iran
The Media Landscape in Iran

The crisis following Iran’s presidential vote cast a new light on the country’s hotly contested media space. A crackdown has limited independent reporting but other sources remain as channels for dis…

May 1, 2014

Syria
What to Do About Syria

More than three years after the start of the Syrian civil war, debates continue about what role, if any, the United States should play in the conflict. Ryan C. Crocker of Texas A&M, Freedom House's C…

May 1, 2014

Syria
What To Do About Syria

More than three years after the start of the Syrian civil war, debates continue about what role, if any, the United States should play in the conflict. Ryan Crocker of Texas A&M, Freedom House's Char…