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June 28, 2018

Libya
HNEC attack Rushing Libya’s Elections Will Lead to Disaster

The following is a guest post by Alexander Decina, research associate for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. For more than two years, the UN-backed Government of National …

November 28, 2017

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe-Mugabe-Grace-Sally-Wife-Coup Two Wives, One Robert Mugabe

The Zimbabwe coupmakers are placing all the blame on Robert Mugabe's wife. Grace, however, was known for her shopping, not her politics, and her husband likely used her to try to hold on to power.

July 17, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Ramaphosa-Mandela-De-Klerk Mandela’s Centenary Is Marked by the Rise of Close Friend Ramaphosa

Cyril Ramaphosa, president of South Africa since January, was a close colleague of Nelson Mandela and regularly associates himself with the Mandela legacy and seeks to restore the late president’s values as South Africa’s lodestar.

May 30, 2018

Cybersecurity
DHS Instead of Hacking Back, U.S. Companies Should Let Cyber Command Do It for Them

Having private companies "hack back" against their attackers in cyberspace has always been a controversial idea. It is also illegal in the United States. Companies should instead rely on the U.S. gov…

July 11, 2018

Digital Policy
U.S. Supreme Court The Supreme Court Adapts Constitutional Law to Address Technological Change

With Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement, two recent cases shed light on how Chief Justice John Roberts might decide technology cases if he becomes the court's new swing vote. 

July 10, 2018

Europe
Former Secretary of State George C. Marshall urging the prompt ratification of the North Atlantic Military Alliance, speaking on the second anniversary of his address at Harvard University in which he outlined the Marshall Plan for the economic recovery of Europe. Trump’s Misguided Attack on European Unity

Trump's antipathy toward the EU overlooks America’s enduring interest in a united Europe that can serve as one pillar of an open, rule-bound international system.

July 9, 2018

China
Staff members set up Chinese and U.S. flags for a meeting between Chinese Transport Minister Li Xiaopeng and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao at the Ministry of Transport of China in Beijing, China April 27, 2018 U.S.-China Trade War: How We Got Here

Background reading for the trade war with China.

May 9, 2018

Iran Nuclear Agreement
John Bolton Iran Nuclear Deal Iran: Keep Your Finger Off the Cyber Button

Tehran could respond to the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal with cyber operations against U.S. companies. If it does, that might give the hawks in the White House the excuse they need to t…

June 28, 2018

United States
summer reading 2018 What’s Worth Reading This Summer?

CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I recorded our annual summer reading episode of CFR’s “The World Next Week” podcast. Carlos Lozada, the nonfiction book critic at the Washington Post, joined us for the…

June 26, 2018

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe’s Elections – Whose Confidence Counts? Zimbabwe’s Elections: Whose Confidence Counts?

Last month, Zimbabwean Permanent Secretary for Information Media and Broadcasting Services George Charamba told the press that Zimbabwe's upcoming July 30 elections are “an instrument of foreign policy.” This is a strange way to think about a democratic exercise, and it raises serious concerns about Zimbabwe's future.