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February 13, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-President-Zuma-Resign-No-Confidence Timeline: Zuma's Departure Draws Nearer

The timeline indicates that the ANC “recalled” Zuma (directed him to resign the presidency) on February 13, and that he has refused. Now he faces a vote of no-confidence in parliament or possible impeachment.

December 19, 2017

South Africa
South-Africa-Ramaphosa-ANC-Party-Mashatile The ANC's "Top Six" in South Africa

In addition to the president, the Top Six is made up of the deputy president, the treasurer, the secretary general, the deputy secretary general, and the national chairperson. Three of those elected on December 18 are allies of Dlamini-Zuma while two are close to Ramaphosa.

October 4, 2017

Kurds
Kirkuk Statue Image Unraveling the Oil Geopolitics Intertwined in the Kurdish Independence Referendum

For over a decade, U.S. efforts to promote stability across the Middle East have run afoul of many complexities. The recent independence referendum in the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) territory …

February 23, 2007

Iraq
Knights: British-Patrolled Province in ‘Shiite Civil War’

Michael Knights, a British expert on security in southern Iraq, says British efforts to improve security around Basra have fallen short.

September 22, 2005

Iran
Interview with Peter Khalil and Michael Knights on Iran-Iraq Relations

Much has been made in recent months of Iran’s role in Iraqi politics, particularly in the heavily Shiite southern provinces. Some Sunni Arab leaders have accused Iraq’s Shiite leadership of being dir…

June 19, 2017

Global
TWNW Reading 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 last week. Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, senior fellow for Women and Foreign Policy and best…

April 5, 2017

South Africa
South Africa’s Cabinet Reshuffle Reflects Leadership Crisis

President Jacob Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle has exposed growing fissures within the ruling African National Congress, writes CFR’s John Campbell.

September 18, 2007

United States
CFR.org Crisis Guides Win First Prize in Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism

September 18, 2007—CFR.org’s “Crisis Guides” won the $2,000 First Prize in the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism. The multimedia guides use interactive tools to provide context and h…

December 1, 2016

Heads of State and Government
drone-memos Drone Memos: A Conversation With Jameel Jaffer

This week, I spoke with Jameel Jaffer, inaugural director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. We discussed his new book, The Drone Memos: Targeted Killing, Secrecy, and th…

February 23, 2017

United States
Podcast ISA-Panel-1.jpg Inequality and the Rise of Authoritarianism

Jack A. Goldstone, Shadi Hamid, and Kathleen R. McNamara discuss inequality and the rise of authoritarianism.