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February 23, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-President-Ramaphosa-SONA The State of President Ramaphosa’s Nation

The ascendancy of Cyril Ramaphosa to the presidency of South Africa has been greeted with a mix of enthusiasm, relief, and skepticism. It comes as South Africa prepares to celebrate the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth and it is worth remembering that Ramaphosa was Mandela’s first choice as his deputy.

February 13, 2018

South Africa
South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (left) and President Jacob Zuma stand at the opening of Parliament in Cape Town. Jacob Zuma’s Undoing

The scandal-plagued leader’s removal could set the party of Nelson Mandela on a path toward reestablishing South Africa as a role model for the rest of the continent.

February 21, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Ramaphosa-SONA-Zuma Renewing U.S.-South Africa Relations Under President Ramaphosa

His forthright remarks represent a paradigm shift in that country’s governance and governing principles and provides an opportunity for the United States to reengage with a strategic ally after nearly two decades of eroding relations.

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.

January 17, 2018

U.S. Congress
Royce-Africa-Powell-Congress Ed Royce, Champion of Africa in the U.S. House, Will not Run for Reelection

This is a guest blog post by Anthony Carroll. Anthony is founding director of Acorus Capital, a private equity fund investing in Africa, and a vice president of Manchester Trade Limited, an internati…

December 27, 2017

South Africa
A man walks past ANC merchandise with the face of newly elected president Cyril Ramaphosa outside the venue of the 54th National Conference of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa December 19, 2017. South Africa’s Ramaphosa is the “Man of the Hour,” Despite the Zuma Cronies

Cyril Ramaphosa is elected the president of the party, and his victory shows the strength of the reform faction within the African National Congress, even if it is not absolutely predominant.

December 19, 2017

South Africa
South-Africa-Ramaphosa-ANC-Party-Mashatile The ANC's "Top Six" in South Africa

In addition to the president, the Top Six is made up of the deputy president, the treasurer, the secretary general, the deputy secretary general, and the national chairperson. Three of those elected on December 18 are allies of Dlamini-Zuma while two are close to Ramaphosa.

December 15, 2017

United States
world events 2017 Ten Most Significant World Events in 2017

Last year a lot of people were asking if 2016 was the worst year ever. (It wasn’t.) I haven’t seen anyone making similar claims about 2017, but that doesn’t mean that this year didn’t produce its sha…