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May 14, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa's former president F.W. De Klerk (R) arrives for the opening of Parliament on the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's release from prison, in Cape Town February 11, 2010 South Africa’s Angst over De Klerk’s Apartheid Comments

Former South African president F.W. de Klerk’s May 10 CNN interview, in which he comments, inter alia, on apartheid and his relations with Nelson Mandela, has generated widespread outrage. De Klerk’s…

April 24, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Mandela-de-Klerk-ANC-NP-Bargain Apartheid Ended With a Deal, not a Defeat

President F. W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela concluded that neither could prevail outright in South Africa and that continuation of the status quo raised the specter of a race war. So, for better or worse, they made a deal that prioritized the expansion of civil rights and democracy rather than the equitable distribution of wealth and economic opportunity. 

January 8, 2018

North Korea
An Olympic Window for Korean Nuclear De-escalation An Olympic Window for Korean Nuclear De-escalation

Jongsoo Lee is senior managing director at Brock Securities and center associate at Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University. The opinions expressed here are solely his own. …

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.

January 2, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Independence-Day-Lagos Lord Lugard Created Nigeria 104 Years Ago

Lord Frederick Lugard, in a bid to simplify his colonial duties and subsidize his northern territory with his south territory, signed a piece of paper on January 1, 1914 and created the political space that is Nigeria.

December 27, 2017

United States
American obituaries Ten American Foreign Policy Influentials Who Died in 2017

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2017 who through…

February 8, 2017

Monetary Policy
Does Korea Operate A De Facto Target Zone? Does Korea Operate A De Facto Target Zone?

Fred Bergsten of the Peterson Institute has long argued for target zones around the major exchange rates. In the past twenty years, no G-3 economy has followed Bergsten’s policy advice.* The world’s …

September 21, 2017

South Africa
Zweli-Mkhize-ANC-Leadership-South-Africa A Third Option for the ANC

As the fight for the leadership of South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) heats up, Nkosanza Dlamini-Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa are attracting the most attention. Dlamini-Zuma, a medi…

July 12, 2017

Qatar
Al Jazeera English covers the 2011 Arab uprisings at its Doha headquarters. How Al Jazeera Amplifies Qatar’s Clout

One of the world’s most-watched news networks is at the center of a geopolitical rift between a Saudi-led bloc and the broadcaster’s funder, Qatar.

July 30, 2014

Immigration and Migration
Dos Naciones Indivisibles on Es la Hora de Opinar

Two weeks ago, I was down in Mexico for the launch of the Spanish-language version of my book, Dos Naciones Indivisibles: México, Estados Unidos, y el Camino por Venir. During my time there, I had th…