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January 10, 2018

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe-Mnangagwa-Mzembi-Mugabe-Grace Mnangagwa Tightens the Screws in Zimbabwe

In the short term, Mnangagwa’s strategy of economic liberalization while maintaining Mugabe’s illiberal political system (despite some new faces at the top) is likely to succeed.

January 24, 2013

Economics
Infrastructure - LAM Guest Post: Rafael Correa’s Smooth Road to Victory

This is a guest post by Stephanie Leutert, a research associate here at the Council on Foreign Relations who works with me in the Latin America program. In less than a month, Ecuadorians will head…

October 10, 2017

Space
A remodeled SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying satellites owned by Orbcomm, a New Jersey-based communications company, satellites owned by Orbcomm, in Cape Canaveral, Florida, December 21, 2015. The Outer Space Treaty’s Midlife Funk

The following is a guest post by Kyle Evanoff, research associate in international economics and U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of th…

May 1, 2017

France
MarineLePen05012017 How the French Debacle in Algeria Shaped the Rise of Marine Le Pen—and What America Can Learn From It

Marine Le Pen's neofascist movement was fueled by lingering resentment over a military humiliation. Maybe ours too.

March 23, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Helen Zille Helen Zille’s Colonialism Controversy

Helen Zille is the premier of the Western Cape and a former leader of South Africa’s official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA). A former journalist and anti-apartheid activist of German…

December 29, 2016

Heads of State and Government
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2016

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2016 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…

December 7, 2016

Taiwan
Military honor guards lower the Taiwanese flag, at Liberty Square, in Taipei, Taiwan. China-Taiwan Relations

Differences over Taiwan’s status fuel tensions between the island and mainland, yet cross-strait economic ties continue to deepen. 

October 10, 2016

Asia
vietnam-a-modern-history Review of "The Penguin History of Modern Vietnam" by Christopher Goscha

In forty years, the relationship between the United States and Vietnam has swung about as widely as is possible. In 1975, the United States cut diplomatic ties with the country after the end of the V…

November 20, 2017

Religion
Podcast AAR2017LuncheonPanel Ethnonationalism and Vulnerable Populations

Jocelyne Cesari, Marcia Chatelain, and Simran Jeet Singh discuss the rise of ethnonationalism and the social and political consequences for at-risk communities.

October 30, 2015

Americas
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (L) shake hands after their meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, October 26, 2015. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst). This Week in Markets and Democracy: Indonesia Pledges to Join the TPP, Corruption in Venezuela

CFR’s Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy (CSMD) Program highlights noteworthy events and articles each Friday in “This Week in Markets and Democracy.”  Indonesia Pledges to Join the TPP Just fou…