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February 13, 2018

South Africa
South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (left) and President Jacob Zuma stand at the opening of Parliament in Cape Town. Jacob Zuma’s Undoing

The scandal-plagued leader’s removal could set the party of Nelson Mandela on a path toward reestablishing South Africa as a role model for the rest of the continent.

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 29, 2018

Defense Technology
Soldiers of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China march in formation past the Tiananmen Square Civil-Military Fusion: The Missing Link Between China's Technological and Military Rise

Many agree that China is becoming a technology and science superpower. How it translates that advantage into military power is another story.

January 18, 2018

El Salvador
Police arrest a woman as they search people for drugs and weapons during a patrol in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Central America’s Violent Northern Triangle

Violence and rampant crime have driven asylum seekers from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to the United States, which is seeking to help address the root causes.

January 17, 2018

U.S. Congress
Royce-Africa-Powell-Congress Ed Royce, Champion of Africa in the U.S. House, Will not Run for Reelection

This is a guest blog post by Anthony Carroll. Anthony is founding director of Acorus Capital, a private equity fund investing in Africa, and a vice president of Manchester Trade Limited, an internati…

December 27, 2017

South Africa
A man walks past ANC merchandise with the face of newly elected president Cyril Ramaphosa outside the venue of the 54th National Conference of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa December 19, 2017. South Africa’s Ramaphosa is the “Man of the Hour,” Despite the Zuma Cronies

Cyril Ramaphosa is elected the president of the party, and his victory shows the strength of the reform faction within the African National Congress, even if it is not absolutely predominant.

December 19, 2017

South Africa
South-Africa-Ramaphosa-ANC-Party-Mashatile The ANC's "Top Six" in South Africa

In addition to the president, the Top Six is made up of the deputy president, the treasurer, the secretary general, the deputy secretary general, and the national chairperson. Three of those elected on December 18 are allies of Dlamini-Zuma while two are close to Ramaphosa.

December 15, 2017

United States
world events 2017 Ten Most Significant World Events in 2017

Last year a lot of people were asking if 2016 was the worst year ever. (It wasn’t.) I haven’t seen anyone making similar claims about 2017, but that doesn’t mean that this year didn’t produce its sha…

December 4, 2017

China
AlphaGo China’s Artificial Intelligence Strategy Poses a Credible Threat to U.S. Tech Leadership

Absent new funding and a strategic vision, the United States might lose the race for supremacy in artificial intelligence research to China.

November 29, 2017

Zimbabwe
Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe: Icon and Kleptocrat

Zimbabwe’s founding father, Robert Mugabe, ushered his country into independence, then established a tyrannical regime and presided over the destruction of the economy. He was ousted in a November pa…