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May 1, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Winnie-Mandela-Nelson-Legacy Winnie's Death Reignites Criticism of Nelson Mandela’s Legacy

In the wake of Winnie’s death, commentators on the left and advocates for black power are now openly challenging the compromise made by Nelson Mandela because of the persistence of gross inequality and poverty largely defined by race.

April 19, 2018

Syria
Youssef Karwashan/AFP/Getty Images Missile Strikes Are Not a Syria Strategy

Syria is likely to remain a broken country for years to come. The latest strikes did not change that reality.

April 16, 2018

Syrian Civil Warn Civil War
A firefighter works inside the destroyed Scientific Research Center in Damascus. Can Syria’s Chemical Weapons Be Stopped?

The United States should follow targeted strikes in Syria with intensified global efforts to nullify the regime’s chemical weapons capabilities.

March 12, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
"National Security Leaders" Adopt the Palestinian Narrative

On March 2, seventeen “National Security Leaders” issued an alarming statement about Israel-Palestinian peace and U.S. policy. The statement was carried as an ad in The New York Times and a PDF versi…

March 9, 2018

Kenya
Kenya-Kenyatta-Odinga-Reconciliation-Tillerson Kenyatta and Odinga Call for Reconciliation in Kenya

President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga promised to begin the process of reconciliation following their bitter standoff in the 2017 elections that raised the specter of ethnic violence.

December 22, 2017

Global
seven stories to watch Seven Foreign Policy Stories to Watch in 2018

Two thousand seventeen had its fair share of big news stories. The same will be true of 2018. Some of those stories undoubtedly will be a surprise. Not many experts were warning a year ago of impendi…

December 20, 2017

Kenya
Kenya-Odinga-Peoples-Assembly-Election For Now, Odinga Backs Down in Kenya

After first declaring that he would be inaugurated as president of an opposition "People's Assembly," NASA leader Raila Odinga has backed down, at least for now.

December 13, 2017

South Africa
South-Africa-ANC-National-Convention-Zuma Scene Setter for Pivotal ANC Party Conference in South Africa

The conference meets every five years to choose a party leader and other senior officials. So long as the ANC has a majority, parliament is all but certain to elect the party leader to the South African presidency in 2019.

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 3, 2017

Kenya
Thomas Mukoya/Reuters What Went Wrong With Kenya’s Elections?

President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga’s impasse over the 2017 election has cast a shadow on Kenya’s future.