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June 18, 2015

Vatican City
How to Read Pope Francis on the Environment

The pope’s encyclical on the environment carries a profoundly religious message about care for the earth, wedded to a new call for activism, say religious scholars Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim.

March 9, 2008

Economics
Grim

I am not just referring to current financial market conditions, even though by all accounts the credit market is facing severe distress. The gap between Agency MBS and Treasury spreads feels a bit …

July 18, 2018

Donald Trump
Africa-Trump-Vicious-Violent-Peace-NATO President Trump Wants Peace for “Vicious and Violent” Africa

At a NATO press conference, according to the media, he said, “Africa right now has got problems like few people would even understand,” and “It is so sad. It is so vicious and violent.”

July 10, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa-Peacekeeping-UN-UNSC-Ghana Global Peacekeeping Operations Overwhelmingly African and in Africa

Africa hosts the largest number, with twenty-five missions. For perspective, there were eighteen in Europe, nine in the Middle East, six in Asia, and five in the Western Hemisphere. African peacekeeping accounted for some 75 percent of all peacekeeping personnel.

July 23, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Boko-Haram-Terrorism-Security-Tracker Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: July 14–July 20

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between July 14 and July 20.

July 19, 2018

Cameroon
Cameroon-President-Biya-Election-Angolophone-Crisis President Biya of Cameroon Seeking Reelection Amid Controversy

Biya, at eighty-five years old, is seeking a seventh consecutive term that would extend his thirty-six-year rule as Cameroon's president until 2025.

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.

July 16, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Boko-Haram-Terrorism-Security-Tracker Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: July 7–July 13

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between July 7 and July 13.

June 28, 2018

South Africa
Swaziland-Reed-Dance-Tradition-Africa Modernity and Tradition Clash in South African Reed Dance

The clash between the modern and the traditional is illustrated by the “reed dance.” Performed by “maidens” in the semi-nude, it is widespread among the Ndebele people, including Xhosas and Zulus, in southern Africa. It is perhaps best known in Swaziland, where the king chooses a new wife every year following the annual reed dance.

July 17, 2018

Nuclear Weapons
Kevin Lamarque/Reuters ‘No First Use’ and Nuclear Weapons

Nearly all nuclear weapon states, as a matter of policy, remain ready to use their weapons without having first suffered a nuclear attack.