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May 25, 2018

United States
memorial day 2018 Remembering Those Memorial Day Honors

The United States has fought twelve major wars and a countless number of smaller skirmishes in its history. Memorial Day is how we honor the soldiers, sailors, airmen, airwomen, and marines who did n…

May 1, 2018

China
Xi’s China Is More Authoritarian at Home and More Assertive Abroad, Argues Elizabeth Economy in New Book

May 1, 2018—“One of the great paradoxes of China today,” writes eminent China scholar Elizabeth C. Economy, “is Xi Jinping’s effort to position himself as a champion of globalization, while at th…

April 5, 2018

Botswana
Botswana-President-Mokgweetsi-Masisi Bucking Authoritarian Trend, Botswana Welcomes Its Fifth New President

Botswana inaugurated its fifth president, Mokgweetsi Masisi, on April 1 after President Ian Khama stepped down the day before.

March 15, 2018

Religion
Uighur men leave a mosque following the Eid prayers in Kashgar. Religion in China

As religious observance in China grows, the Chinese Communist Party continues to toughen oversight, increase religious persecution, and attempt to coopt state-sanctioned religious organizations.

March 9, 2018

China
Chinese Catholics attend an Ash Wednesday mass at a state-sanctioned church in Beijing. Christianity in China

Tens of millions of Chinese now identify as Christians and the number has grown rapidly, posing challenges for a government that is officially atheist and wary of threats to its power.

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.

December 28, 2017

United States
Kohl 1989 Ten World Figures Who Died in 2017

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2017 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…

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…

November 28, 2017

United States
U.S. Needs a Preventive Strategy to Avoid Costly Conflicts and Preserve America’s Global Standing, Says Paul B. Stares

November 28, 2017—To remain the preeminent global power, the United States must avoid costly conflicts that drain its resources and distract its leadership from addressing pressing domestic prioritie…

November 28, 2017

China
U.S. President Donald Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China. Trump's Looming Hard Line on China

U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s first visit to Beijing was an exhibition of mutual flattery. China rolled out the red carpet for what it termed a 'state visit plus,' replete with unprecedented pomp …