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July 17, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Ramaphosa-Mandela-De-Klerk Mandela’s Centenary Is Marked by the Rise of Close Friend Ramaphosa

Cyril Ramaphosa, president of South Africa since January, was a close colleague of Nelson Mandela and regularly associates himself with the Mandela legacy and seeks to restore the late president’s values as South Africa’s lodestar.

August 16, 2018

Corruption
A gavel is seen after a session held by the Supreme Court of Justice in Colombia on September 27, 2017. Latin America Needs Better Judges

Widespread corruption in Latin America’s judicial systems--such as Supreme Court justices engaging in bribery in Colombia and Peru, lawyers rigging judge appointments in Guatemala, and the attorney general firing an investigator for looking into corruption in Mexico--- requires more than laws to fix. It means building a professional civil service. While a daunting task, Chile and Brazil can point the way.

August 15, 2018

South Korea
South Korean President Moon Jae-in delivers a speech. Moon Jae-in’s 2018 Liberation Day Speech and South Korea’s Foreign Policy

The commemoration marking the anniversary of the end of World War II is always a bittersweet moment in South Korea. It marks a day of euphoria on the Korean peninsula that carries with it both the le…

August 14, 2018

United States
The Unconstrained Presidency: Checks and Balances Eroded Long Before Trump

This article was originally published in Foreign Affairs.  In the age of Donald Trump, it often feels as though one individual has the power to chart the United States’ course in the world all by …

January 9, 2006

United States
Martin Feldstein joins the dollar doomsday cult

Stephen Kirchner take note.  Alan Greenspan, too.  Dr. Feldstein thinks central banks -- and oil sheiks -- are behind a lot of private flows into the US.  And he doesn't seem convinced that this …

August 6, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Fatima, 12, attends Arabic classes at Imran Binu Hussein Primary School in the Hodan district, Mogadishu. Women This Week: Fighting FGM

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering July 23 to August 4, was compiled with su…

August 6, 2018

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe-Election-Police-Chamisa The Likely Way Out of Zimbabwe's Election Crisis

Mnangagwa's victory was promptly and shamefully endorsed by African Union observers and those from the Southern African Development Community, but questioned by observers from the European Union, the National Democratic institute and the International Republican Institute, and, most important, the Zimbabwe Election Support Network, a local NGO umbrella that deployed 6,500 observers around the country.

August 2, 2018

Refugees and Displaced Persons
Nigeria-IDP-Camp-Maiduguri-Boko Haram The Humanitarian Crisis You Haven’t Heard About

The United Nations Refugee Agency reports that one person is forcibly displaced from their home every two seconds as a result of conflict or persecution. We have seen the photographs of Syrian refugee camps in Turkey and Lebanon, and read about Somali refugees flooding into Yemen. Worldwide, refugees—citizens who flee their own country for another—number more than 20 million. But that number is dwarfed by a more silent and devastating crisis: the over 40 million who are internally displaced. 

August 2, 2018

China
Microchip production in China Is ‘Made in China 2025’ a Threat to Global Trade?

China’s industrial policy is aimed at rapidly expanding its high-tech sectors and developing its advanced manufacturing base. The plan is seen as a threat by President Trump , and could escalate the trade war.

August 3, 2018

Cybersecurity
google china Cyber Week in Review: August 3, 2018

This week: Google planning a censored search engine for the Chinese market, taking down a cybercrime ring, Facebook removes "inauthentic accounts," and internet disruptions in Mali.