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November 18, 2016

International Organizations
drc Kabila’s Repression: A Consequence of UN Inaction

Susanna Kalaris an intern in the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations. As Americans flocked to polling stations on November 8, United Nations peacekeepers in the Democr…

December 28, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
African Leaders Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’ Syndrome

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state, but civil society and regional blocs may be slowing the trend of extending presidential terms in some areas.

November 3, 2017

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.

December 1, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Ivory Coast’s Laurent Gbagbo at The Hague Ivory Coast’s Laurent Gbagbo at The Hague

Ivory Coast's President Laurent Gbagbo attends an official funeral ceremony in Abidjan in this November 15, 2003 file photo. (Luc Gnago/Courtesy Reuters) Ivorian president Alassane Ouattara’s a…

November 4, 2016

DATE IMPORTED:November 02, 2016Protestors call for the removal of President Jacob Zuma outside court in Pretoria, South Africa, November 2, 2016 (Reuters/Mike Hutchings). This Week in Markets and Democracy: Zuma’s Corruption Woes, DRC Sanctions, Afrobarometer Report

Report May Bring Down South Africa’s President New allegations may finally bring down teflon president Jacob Zuma. Despite his earlier legal protests, South Africa’s public protector’s office relea…

November 2, 2016

What to Watch at the Climate Conference in Marrakech

At climate talks in Morocco, negotiators will try to move forward on issues left unresolved by the 2015 Paris Agreement. However, developed and developing countries still remain far apart on major is…

July 28, 2015

Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Fatou Bensouda is seen at the confirmation of charges hearing in former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo’s pre-trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague February 19, 2013. Gbagbo is charged with crimes against humanity committed during the 2011 civil war sparked by his refusal to accept the election victory of rival Alassane Ouattara. (Michael Kooren/ Courtesy: Reuters) Bensouda Saves the ICC

Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Fatou Bensouda   (Michael Kooren/ Courtesy: Reuters) In a recent blog post, I noted the 2-to-1 decision by a "pre-trial chamber" to overturn the …

July 22, 2015

Middle East and North Africa
Europe Goes Back to the "Peace Process"

Syria is coming apart and there are millions of Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey. ISIS threatens Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq-- which is also coming apart. The new Iran nuclear deal…

October 31, 2017

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Play Le Drian The Importance of Multilateralism: A Conversation With Jean-Yves Le Drian

Minister Le Drian discusses the importance of multilateralism in confronting the foreign policy challenges facing France, including the Brexit negotiations, climate change, and the Iran nuclear deal…

June 22, 2015

The Palestinian Authority’s Nasty Little War

Most news headlines this weekend regarding the Palestinian Authority covered the visit to Ramallah by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. There Fabius said the region would be "set ablaze" if an…