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January 29, 2018

Trump Foreign Policy
Trump Rally Sovereignty in the Spotlight: What Trump Gets Right and Wrong

On the eve of Trump's first State of the Union address, it is worth reviewing what is behind his America First doctrine and what does its focus on national sovereignty signal for the future of U.S. g…

January 23, 2018

Egypt
Egypt's Putinesque Election

With an election looming, the incumbent president arrests and disqualifies all possible opponents, one after another. Vladimir Putin? Yes, as we see in his treatment of Alexei Navalny. (The BBC tells…

January 19, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Jacob-Zuma-Corruption-Commission Zuma’s Commission on State Capture: Progress or Politics as Usual?

Just like the complex nature of state capture itself, with its dizzying web of corruption propped up by esoteric procurement laws, the devil of Zuma’s commission announcement is in the legal details. In South Africa, the “commission capital of the world,” debate abounds as to whether or not these costly productions actually achieve what they set out to do.

January 10, 2018

Human Rights
U.S. President Donald Trump listens to a question during a joint news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S. January 10, 2018. To Strengthen Trump’s National Security Approach, Promote Human Rights

In a series of tweets on New Year’s Eve, President Donald J. Trump expressed strong support for Iranians protesting against their autocratic regime. He added that the United States would be “watching…

January 8, 2018

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
WestBankWall Israel Moves to Annex the West Bank—This Is How the Two-State Solution Dies

While the media focuses on Trump, Netanyahu imposes a “solution”: There will never be a Palestinian state.

December 29, 2017

Rohingya
Rohingya refugee women cry while crossing the Naf River with an improvised raft to reach to Bangladesh in Teknaf, Bangladesh, November 12, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain The Top Ten South Asia Stories of 2017

As 2017 comes to an end, it’s time to assess which stories from South Asia had the most impact. By this I mean which events or ongoing developments shaped a country or the South Asian region, or had …

April 13, 2015

Trade
The CFR Renewing America Trade and Investment Scorecard Re-assessing U.S. Trade Policy on the Eve of the TPA Debate

With the anticipated introduction in Congress this week of legislation that would give President Obama the authority to conclude massive regional trade agreements in Asia and Europe, the issue of tra…

November 28, 2017

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe-Mugabe-Grace-Sally-Wife-Coup Two Wives, One Robert Mugabe

The Zimbabwe coupmakers are placing all the blame on Robert Mugabe's wife. Grace, however, was known for her shopping, not her politics, and her husband likely used her to try to hold on to power.

October 30, 2017

China
Former Chinese president Hu Jintao, Chinese President Xi Jinping and former Chinese president Jiang Zemin raise their hands as they take a vote at the closing session of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, in Beijing, China. The Four Traps China May Fall Into

One dominant theme of President Xi Jinping’s political report at the 19th Party Congress is China’s national rejuvenation. China was described as a “great power” or a “strong power” 26 times in his s…

January 3, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
New Year’s Eve Abuja Bombings Tweeted New Year’s Eve Abuja Bombings Tweeted

A woman surrounded by relatives, mourns the death of her husband at Asokoro Hospital, after a bomb explosion near a military barracks in Nigeria's capital Abuja December 31, 2010. (Afolabi Sotu…