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August 20, 2019

United States
Back-to-School Reading Special

Every year CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I record a summer reading episode of CFR’s “The World Next Week” podcast. We usually do it in June as we entertain visions of leisurely summer days yet to co…

Books

March 6, 2019

South Africa
Southern Africa’s Leaders Walking Anti-Corruption Tightrope

Several southern African states are in the news for anti-corruption efforts. In South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa has established a special tribunal to expedite state efforts to track down ill-gotten gains. In Mozambique, the former chief of the intelligence service and the former president’s son have been arrested in connection with a multi-billion dollar corruption scandal. In Angola, which also witnessed the arrest of a former president’s son last year, two sitting members of National Assembly from the ruling party were recently indicted on charges relating to corruption.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa arrives to deliver his State of the Nation address at Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa February 7, 2019.

April 11, 2019

Sudan
President Omar al-Bashir Is Out. What Is Next for Sudan?

The people of Sudan have earned the world’s admiration and respect. Their bravery, persistence, unity, and discipline have achieved what for so many years had seemed impossible - the end of Omar al-B…

 Sudanese demonstrators celebrate after the announcement that President Omar al-Bashir had been detained and a military council would run the country for a two-year transitional period, Khartoum, Sudan April 11, 2019.

August 15, 2019

China
Fossil Fuel Free: A Plan to Phase Out China’s ICEVs

This is a guest post by Lucy Best and Michael Collins, research associates for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. The Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation (iCET), a leadi…

Cars drive on the road during the morning rush hour in Beijing, China, July 2, 2019.

August 14, 2019

Afghanistan
Afghanistan Endgame, Part One: Is Sirajuddin Haqqani Ready for Peace?

In peace talks with the Afghan Taliban, the United States should not fail to address the evolution of the Haqqani-al-Qaeda nexus.

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August 12, 2019

United States
Election 2020: Bill de Blasio, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Height is an advantage in presidential politics. Throughout American history, the taller of the two major party candidates has won the popular vote two-thirds of the time. That’s good news for Bill d…

Bill de Blasio

April 3, 2019

Middle East and North Africa
It’s Time for the United States to Rethink How We See North Africa

The news out of Algeria continues to intrigue.  Now that ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in power since 1999, has stepped down, Algerians and people around the world wonder if real change is a…

People celebrate on the streets after Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has submitted his resignation, in Algiers, Algeria April 2, 2019.

August 6, 2019

United States
Election 2020: Cory Booker, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Is America ready for a president who is single and a vegan? Cory Booker, New Jersey’s junior senator, certainly hopes so. The fifty-year-old former Rhodes Scholar would be the first bachelor elected …

Cory Booker

March 15, 2019

U.S. Foreign Policy
In 2019 Africa’s Relevance Should No Longer Be a Surprise

By 2050 one in four people in the world will be African, and yet for many in the U.S. foreign policy community Africa remains an afterthought. 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, former World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde and heads of states of African countries pose for a photo ahead of the 'G20 Compact with Africa' summit in Berlin, Germany, October 2018

March 13, 2019

Zimbabwe
Welcome Legal Reforms Undermined by Repression in Zimbabwe

In the run-up to last year’s presidential and parliamentary elections in Zimbabwe, hope was palpable in Harare. Civil society activists, journalists, and business leaders marveled at how political space had opened up in the wake of the coup that ousted longtime President Robert Mugabe. It was as if an entire country had opened up the windows to let in fresh air. However, these victories for Zimbabwe are ringing hollow because they occur against an alarming backdrop of state-sponsored violence and intimidation.

People arrested during protests wait to appear in the Magistrates court in Harare, Zimbabwe, January 16, 2019.