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September 14, 2016

South Sudan
Understanding the Roots of Conflict in South Sudan

South Sudan’s civil war is the result of a weakly institutionalized state and may require the African Union’s intervention to find peace and stability, says expert Alex de Waal.

January 25, 2018

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe-Health-Mugabe-Mnangagwa-HIV-AIDS An Opportunity to Improve Health in Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is facing considerable challenges, but if Mnangagwa takes reengagement seriously and if global partners continue to engage with the health sector, the country will have the tools to make remarkable progress. 

December 20, 2017

Global Governance
Jonathan Ernst/Reuters Desperately Seeking Sherpas: Ten Global Summits to Watch in 2018

The Trump administration’s approach to ten critical global summits in the year ahead will show whether its pullback from multilateralism in 2017 was an aberration or the start of a new normal.

October 30, 2017

Digital Policy
Twitter Russia Bringing Transparency and Accountability to Online Political Ads

The internet makes it easy for political ad buyers to obfuscate their donors and handlers. Despite the challenges, there are significant steps that Congress and social media platforms can take to imp…

October 12, 2017

China
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives at the Great Hall of the People in Beijng to celebrate the ninetieth anniversary of the People's Liberation Army, August 1, 2017. Making Sense of China’s Nineteenth Party Congress

As China’s senior Communist Party members anoint its future leaders, President Xi Jinping is poised to solidify his position and power at next week’s party congress.

August 7, 2017

United States
California Governor Jerry Brown meets with Chinese Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang California Seizes Climate Leadership After Trump Abandons Paris Accord

In an article recently published by Foreign Affairs, I examine how California has demonstrated its growing influence on the international stage as the United States under President Donald J. Trump ha…

November 18, 2016

South Sudan
Ending South Sudan’s Civil War

Overview Following its independence in 2011, three years of civil war have left South Sudan on the cusp of full-scale genocide, with its sovereignty discredited by warring elites, asserts a new Co…

April 5, 2016

Human Rights
Tina-Brown_RTX19W3V Five Questions With Tina Brown

The Five Questions Series is a forum for scholars, government officials, civil society leaders, and foreign policy practitioners to provide timely analysis of new developments related to the advancem…

June 9, 2017

Asia
Hua-Chunying Chinese Activists, THAAD Halt, SoftBank’s Robots, and More

Rachel Brown, Ashley Feng, Douglas Mo, and Gabriel Walker look at the top stories in Asia this week. 1. China brushes off U.S. pressure over detained activists. On May 31, New York-based NGO China…

June 6, 2017

China
ZTE Huawei Logos Beijing's Silk Road Goes Digital

Rachel Brown is a research associate in Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. The pageantry at last month’s Belt and Road Forum in Beijing highlighted the two major prongs of China’s B…