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March 29, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Gordhan 032817 Rand Falls as Finance Minister Gordhan is Ordered Home

On March 27, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas were on an investor road show to the United Kingdom and the United States when they were abruptly ordered to ret…

May 1, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
Aid to the Palestinians: Why Rand Paul is Wrong

Senator Rand Paul has tried to attain some pro-Israel credentials by introducing S. 2265, the “Stand With Israel Act of 2014.” The bill would cut off every cent of aid to the Palestinian Authority un…

January 3, 2018

North Korean Nuclear Program
Vehicles carry missiles during a military parade in Pyongyang. North Korea’s Military Capabilities

Kim Jong-un has accelerated North Korea’s buildup of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, while also modernizing its large conventional force.

December 27, 2017

United States
American obituaries Ten American Foreign Policy Influentials Who Died in 2017

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2017 who through…

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.

November 9, 2017

South Africa
South-Africa-ANC-Party-Conference-2017 How South Africa’s ANC Will Choose its Next Leader

Delegates of South Africa's ANC will cast a secret ballot to determine the party's new National Executive Committee at the end of December. The front-runners for party leader are Nkosazan Dlamini-Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa.

November 7, 2017

South Africa
South-Africa-ANC-Dlamini-Zuma-Ramaphosa-Leadership Understanding the Race for South Africa's ANC Leadership

A brief review of the way both South Africa’s democracy and the ANC work is needed to explain how someone attached to the publicly toxic Jacob Zuma could be the front-runner to succeed him.

March 7, 2013

Defense and Security
Rand Paul Rand Paul’s Filibuster and Targeted Killings

Although Rand Paul will deservedly receive all the attention, yesterday’s marathon filibuster was catalyzed by the Obama administration’s general refusal to engage with Congress on the issue of targe…

October 11, 2017

China
Trump Xi What Will the U.S.-China Cyber Relationship Look Like in the Trump Era? A View From China

Chinese scholar Shen Yi argues that China needs to be more assertive in its demands, and drive a harder bargain with the United States over cyber issues.