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October 24, 2012

Economic Crises
The Growing Franco-German Divide

Unlike Germany, France under the leadership of François Hollande has failed to articulate a long-term vision for Europe, says the Peterson Institute’s Jacob Funk Kirkegaard.

February 13, 2018

South Africa
South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (left) and President Jacob Zuma stand at the opening of Parliament in Cape Town. Jacob Zuma’s Undoing

The scandal-plagued leader’s removal could set the party of Nelson Mandela on a path toward reestablishing South Africa as a role model for the rest of the continent.

October 10, 2017

Space
A remodeled SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying satellites owned by Orbcomm, a New Jersey-based communications company, satellites owned by Orbcomm, in Cape Canaveral, Florida, December 21, 2015. The Outer Space Treaty’s Midlife Funk

The following is a guest post by Kyle Evanoff, research associate in international economics and U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of th…

June 20, 2012

Economic Crises
Did the G20 Help the Eurozone?

G20 members meeting in Mexico won a commitment on banking sector integration despite limited influence on eurozone politics, says expert Jacob Funk Kirkegaard.

October 6, 2011

Economic Crises
Containing the Eurozone Crisis

As Greece inches closer to defaulting on its pile of sovereign debt, European leaders must move quickly to recapitalize the continent’s exposed banking sector, says EU economics expert Jacob Funk Kir…

February 15, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Zuma-Resigns-ANC Finally, Jacob Zuma Resigns as President of South Africa

The governing African National Congress (ANC) and its large parliamentary majority moved quickly to elect deputy president and current party leader Cyril Ramaphosa to state presidency.

February 14, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Zuma-No-Confidence The Painful Exit of South Africa’s Jacob Zuma

Zuma is not out yet, but he will be by February 15. Today, Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete moved the motion of no confidence originally scheduled for February 22 to Thursday, February 15.

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 13, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Jacob-Zuma-Corruption-Tax-Evasion-SARS Zuma’s Corruption Stalls Popular Trust in South African Taxation

There are signs that South Africans are reverting to the non-payment of taxes. The Treasury estimates that half of the revenue shortfall in 2017 resulted from personal income taxes that the government had budgeted for but were not paid. In the short term, the revenue short fall is compelling Ramaphosa to raise the VAT.

May 22, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Ramaphosa-US-Relations-Bad U.S.-South Africa Bilateral Relationship Faces Difficult Road Ahead

While on the UN Security Council, South Africa is likely to adopt positions on issues ranging from Iran to Palestine and Israel that will be opposed by the Trump administration. There are also tariff and trade issues that will set back the relationship.