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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…

August 1, 2018

Southeast Asia
Pompeo_7.26.2018 What to Watch for From Southeast Asian States During the Pompeo Trip

Beginning tomorrow, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Asia for a trip to Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore, three important U.S. partners in Southeast Asia. In addition to bilateral meetings…

July 26, 2018

Conflict Prevention
Teaching Notes for Preventive Engagement by Paul B. Stares Preventive Engagement

Teaching Notes for Preventive Engagement, written by CFR Senior Fellow Paul Stares, in which he provides a comprehensive blueprint for how the United States can manage a more turbulent world.

July 9, 2018

Asia
Dunford_Mateship_Australia_6.27.2018 Beyond “Mateship”: Tough Choices in Australian Foreign Policy

By James Curran In recent weeks, the Australian government has invested significant commemorative capital to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Hamel on the Western Front in World…

July 5, 2018

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
Nato The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

NATO is girding up for what some believe is a new Cold War with Russia, but President Trump’s criticism of longtime allies has unsettled the twenty-nine-member bloc.

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…

June 13, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Jacob-Zuma-Corruption-Tax-Evasion-SARS Zuma’s Corruption Stalls Popular Trust in South African Taxation

There are signs that South Africans are reverting to the non-payment of taxes. The Treasury estimates that half of the revenue shortfall in 2017 resulted from personal income taxes that the government had budgeted for but were not paid. In the short term, the revenue short fall is compelling Ramaphosa to raise the VAT.

June 6, 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.

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…