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Apr 14, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
PEPFAR Bush Former President George W. Bush, advocates for PEPFAR and Africa

Former President George W. Bush’s trip to Botswana and Namibia is a reminder of perhaps his signature achievement in office, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, known as PEPFAR. In an Apr…

May 23, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Robert Mugabe on a panel at the World Economic Forum. Health Watch: Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe

South African media is reporting that Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, 93, has “worsening health problems.” Apparently, his wife Grace “is in a quandary: she has to deal with Mugabe’s health challen…

May 19, 2017

Maternal and Child Health
Maternity Hospital, Abidjan, Ivory Coast Women Around the World: This Week

Welcome to "Women Around the World: This Week," a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering May 14 to May 19, was compiled with suppo…

May 18, 2017

South Korea
Can the U.S.-Korea Alliance Survive the Trump-Moon Era? Can the U.S.-Korea Alliance Survive the Trump-Moon Era?

The election of the left-leaning Moon Jae-in is a confidence booster for South Korea, in terms of both the country's democratic process and the prospects for fighting endemic corruption. But it took …

May 16, 2017

China
President Xi Jinping unveils a plaque during a Confucius Institute event in London. China’s Soft Power Offensive, One Belt One Road, and the Limitations of Beijing’s Soft Power

This is the first part in a series on China's attempts to bolster its soft power and its prospects for success. In recent years, China has stepped up its soft power offensive in South Asia, Southeas…

May 11, 2017

China
An African student practices Shaolin martial arts in Henan Province. China’s Big Bet on Soft Power

China is believed to spend billions of dollars to boost its international image, but it has yet to see a marked return on its investment in soft power.

May 2, 2017

Financial Markets
If Congress Dismantles Dodd-Frank, It Should Not Ignore Systemic Cyber Risk

Congressional Republicans want to repeal a big chunk of Dodd-Frank. Although it might kickstart economic growth, it would also increase systemic cyber risk.

May 1, 2017

France
MarineLePen05012017 How the French Debacle in Algeria Shaped the Rise of Marine Le Pen—and What America Can Learn From It

Marine Le Pen's neofascist movement was fueled by lingering resentment over a military humiliation. Maybe ours too.

Apr 28, 2017

United States
Tump100 Trump’s First 100 Days: A (Third) Conversation with Elizabeth Saunders

Following our conversations in the heat of the 2016 presidential campaign a year ago and post-election last December, Elizabeth Saunders joined me again, this time to discuss President Donald Trump’s…

Apr 27, 2017

United States
Teaching Notes Web Page Disarray.jpg A World in Disarray

In this book, CFR President Richard N. Haass offers a timely examination of a world increasingly defined by disorder. Rich in history, the book examines today’s world, how we got here, and what needs…