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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…

April 30, 2018

North Korea
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.

April 23, 2018

Cybersecurity
Cyber Tracker New Entries in the CFR Cyber Operations Tracker: Q1 2018

An update of the Council on Foreign Relations' Cyber Operations Tracker for the period of January 1 to March 31, 2018.

April 12, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Media-Journalists-Zuma South African Media Recognized for Exposing Zuma Corruption

Strong civil society, a free media, a sophisticated parliamentary opposition, and judges who regularly ruled against the government played interdependent roles in protecting South Africa’s democratic institutions.

March 29, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Moody's-Credit-Rating-Ramaphosa Moody’s Signals its Confidence in Ramaphosa With Credit Rating

Moody’s Investors Service kept South Africa’s credit rating at investor grade, though it is still only one notch above junk, and changed its outlook for the country to stable.

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…

March 23, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Pravin-Godhan-Corruption-SOE Ramaphosa Administration Moves to Clean Up SOEs in South Africa

is seeking to get a handle rationalize the financial commitments of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and promising whole-sale personnel changes

March 16, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Shaun-Abrahams-NPA-Zuma Former President Zuma Will Face Prosecution in South Africa

On March 16, Shaun Abrahams of the National Prosecuting Authority announced that Zuma will face sixteen charges of corruption and money laundering stemming from an arms deal in the 1990s.

March 8, 2018

United States
Steel production in China The Risks of U.S. Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

President Trump has proposed steel and aluminum tariffs, citing U.S. national security interests. Some experts argue that his plan could provoke retaliation from countries like China, or even a trade war.