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June 28, 2018

South Africa
Swaziland-Reed-Dance-Tradition-Africa Modernity and Tradition Clash in South African Reed Dance

The clash between the modern and the traditional is illustrated by the “reed dance.” Performed by “maidens” in the semi-nude, it is widespread among the Ndebele people, including Xhosas and Zulus, in southern Africa. It is perhaps best known in Swaziland, where the king chooses a new wife every year following the annual reed dance.

June 28, 2018

United States
summer reading 2018 What’s Worth Reading This Summer?

CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I recorded our annual summer reading episode of CFR’s “The World Next Week” podcast. Carlos Lozada, the nonfiction book critic at the Washington Post, joined us for the…

June 20, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-LGBT-Hate-Speech-Discrimination-Civil-Rights South African Court Delivers Blow to Religious Defense of Hate Speech

Section nine of South Africa’s constitution guarantees equal rights to all South Africans and outlaws discrimination, including that based on ethnicity, gender, religion, or sexual preference. Pursuant to that provision, in 2000 Parliament passed the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act (PEPUDA) in 2000. In turn, PEPUDA led to the creation of Equality Courts to adjudicate infringements of equality such as unfair discrimination and hate speech.

June 14, 2018

Laos
A Great Place to Have a War Teaching Notes A Great Place to Have a War

Teaching Notes for A Great Place to Have a War, written by CFR Senior Fellow Joshua Kurlantzick, on the story of the CIA's covert war in Laos during the Vietnam War.

June 8, 2018

Nigeria
Germany-Migration-Refugees-Building Nigerian Minister Warns Against Nigerian Citizens Seeking Asylum in Germany

Abika Dabiri-Erewa said many claims for asylum were spurious: “some who are from the East and West are saying they are running away from Boko Haram while others say they are gays and were having challenges expressing themselves in Nigeria.”

May 7, 2018

Political History and Theory
Marshall Plan Teaching Notes The Marshall Plan

Teaching Notes for The Marshall Plan, written by CFR Senior Fellow Benn Steil

May 4, 2018

South Africa
UN-Voting-Nikki-Haley UN Voting Report Could Upset U.S.-South Africa Relationship

Ambassador Haley seems to be saying that if a country consistently votes against the United States in the UN, its bilateral U.S. assistance will be in jeopardy. 

April 9, 2018

China
The China Mission THE CHINA MISSION: George Marshall’s Unfinished War, 1945–1947

As the United States courts a trade war with China, a timely new book by Foreign Affairs’ Executive Editor Daniel Kurtz-Phelan illuminates how U.S. policymakers have been vexed by relations with Chin…

April 2, 2018

China
Nairobi terminus_6.1.2017 “China Steps Out: Beijing’s Major Power Engagement with the Developing World”: A Review

Hunter Marston is a senior research assistant at the Brookings Institution, where he works in the Center for East Asia Policy Studies and for The India Project. You can follow him on Twitter @hmarsto…

March 28, 2018

China
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meets with China’s Xi Jinping in Beijing. The China–North Korea Relationship

China is North Korea’s biggest trade partner and has leverage over Kim Jong-un’s regime, yet its policies focus more on border stability than nuclear threat.