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August 29, 2017

United States
A Louisville, Kentucky, monument to a Confederate officer vandalized in August. Why Battles Over Memory Rage On

Protests over the removal of Confederate monuments show that the U.S. Civil War’s emancipatory purpose remains contested a century and a half later.

June 2, 2017

Brazil
Judge Barroso Brazil’s Most Underreported Reform Battle

With all of the turbulence in Brazil, observers can be forgiven for ignoring a potentially paradigm-shattering initiative that picked up speed last month: reducing politicians’ court privileges. So…

February 13, 2018

United States
The Marshall Plan Holds Lessons for Present Tensions With Russia, Benn Steil Writes in New Book

February 13, 2018—The Marshall Plan—the costly and ambitious initiative to revive western Europe after World War II—marked the true beginning of the Cold War, argues Benn Steil. Bringing to bear …

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.

February 9, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Zuma-Resign-Last-Week-President Timeline: Opposition Grows as Zuma Remains in Office

The impending resignation of Jacob Zuma as president of South Africa was not necessarily unexpected following the defeat of his preferred candidate in the African National Congress’s (ANC) elections for party leader. However, it is happening more quickly than many observers predicted, including this one.

February 8, 2018

Turkey
Erdogan General Erdogan’s First War

Turkey’s Islamist president is the first civilian with control over his country’s military—and you can tell by the results.

February 7, 2018

Nuclear Weapons
Ian Dudley/Reuters U.S. Nuclear Weapons Modernization

U.S. strategic and tactical nuclear weapons on land, in the air, and at sea, will undergo costly and extensive modernization in the coming years.

February 1, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Port-Elizabeth-Nelson-Mandela-Bay Podcast: "State Capture" in South Africa

Crispian Olver, a former senior South African government official, long-time ANC activist, and author of the new book How to Steal a City: The Battle for Nelson Mandela Bay, joins John Campbell to discuss the pervasive corruption in South Africa known as "state capture" and the state of the African National Congress.

February 1, 2018

Somalia
A girl participates in a street parade in Hargeisa to celebrate Somaliland's self-declared independence. Somaliland: The Horn of Africa’s Breakaway State

The would-be independent state strikes a contrast with Somalia as a place of relative peace and democratic stability, but international recognition has remained out of reach.

February 1, 2018

Infrastructure
Construction/Infrastructure/Reuters Bipartisanship on Infrastructure? Not So Fast

A bipartisan deal on infrastructure seems doable—but with the devil in the details, it is much harder than it looks.