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April 26, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
Kenya-Media-Blackout-NTV-Kenyatta-Africa Press Freedom Varies Considerably Across Africa

The RWB index provides a useful tool for comparing media freedom around the continent. It also provides yet another example of the diversity of the African continent. With respect to media freedom, Ghana and South Africa are far removed from Sudan and Eritrea. 

May 21, 2018

Human Rights
Egypt Arab Spring 2011 The Internet Freedom Agenda: Not Dead, but Not Exactly Thriving Either

Despite the obituaries, human rights activists at a recent panel discussion argued that the internet freedom strategy was still very much alive—it just needs a shot of adrenaline.  

April 6, 2018

Egypt
SisiElectionBanner2018 With Freedom and Justice for Sisi

The arc of Egypt’s history is flat, and it bends toward autocracy.

May 10, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Land-Reform-Urban-Slums "Land Reform" Distracts From Poverty Alleviation in South Africa

Much of the political discourse in South Africa surrounding the subject is largely irrelevant to the kind of land reform demanded by much of the public.

May 9, 2018

Diplomacy and International Institutions
CHOGM Through the Commonwealth, the UK Tries to Curtail Internet Shutdowns

The Commonwealth does not get much attention in the United States. Few will have noticed that its member governments committed to avoid disrupting internet access in their countries, an attempt to st…

May 1, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Winnie-Mandela-Nelson-Legacy Winnie's Death Reignites Criticism of Nelson Mandela’s Legacy

In the wake of Winnie’s death, commentators on the left and advocates for black power are now openly challenging the compromise made by Nelson Mandela because of the persistence of gross inequality and poverty largely defined by race.

April 30, 2018

Cybersecurity
Books Report Watch Vol. VI: Tracking Digital and Cyber Scholarship So You Don’t Have To

In this edition: the effects of internet censorship in China, the malicious uses of artificial intelligence, and U.S. Cyber Command's strategy to achieve domain superiority.

April 26, 2018

France
French President Emmanuel Macron addresses a joint meeting of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. on April 25, 2018. Emmanuel Macron and the Franco-American Ties That Bind

In an indirect rebuke to Trump, French President Macron staunchly defended multilateral cooperation as the only answer to the world’s ills in his congressional address, underscoring why France remain…

April 26, 2018

Human Rights
Demonstrators protest against police violence and the government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega in Managua, Nicaragua on April 23, 2018. Why We Must Never Give Up on Democracy

In Nicaragua and Armenia today, people are rising up against tyranny and demanding human rights and democratic rights. Nicaragua has been suffering under a decade of misrule and deepening tyranny …

April 25, 2018

Cuba
Tightening the Screws on Cuba

Several weeks ago I wrote an "Expert Brief" for the Council on Foreign Relations titled "Time to Tighten the Screws on Cuba?" There I argued that the one-sided and unfortunate concessions the Obama a…