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August 22, 2018

Maternal and Child Health
Pregnant in a War Zone: Why Respectful Maternity Care Matters in Humanitarian Settings

Last month, White Ribbon Alliance and the American Refugee Committee convened a first-of-its-kind consultation to forge a new path for prioritizing respectful maternity care in humanitarian settings…

Madame Marcus holds her five-minute-old baby boy after giving birth to her second child at a makeshift hospital run by B-FAST (Belgian First Aid and Support Team).

August 27, 2018

Kenya
Kenyatta Visits Trump in Reciprocal Charm Offensive

President Donald Trump will receive President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya in Washington, D.C. today, the second African chief of state to make a bilateral visit since becoming president in 2016. The conversation will reportedly focus on trade and investment—the reason for Kenyatta’s visit to the United States—and security issues with a focus on Somalia. 

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January 4, 2018

Zimbabwe
Recently Evicted White Farmer Gets His Land Back in Zimbabwe

President Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe ordered the return of Lesbury Farm to the white Smart family after they were forcibly evicted this June by the Mugabe administration.

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August 23, 2018

South Africa
President Trump Gets South African Land Reform Wrong

President Trump tweeted on August 22 that he has directed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to “closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures” and the “large scale killing of farmers.” In his tweet, the president quoted Fox News host Tucker Carlson that “South African government is now seizing land from white farmers.”

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August 23, 2018

United States
The Debate Over U.S. Security Clearances: What to Know

President Trump’s revocation of a former CIA director's security clearance has stirred up a debate about access to government secrets, free speech, and democratic norms.  

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August 22, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
Pompeo Staffs Up

Today Secretary of State Pompeo announced the appointment of Steve Biegun to be Special Representative for North Korea. This follows the announcements of Brian Hook as Special Representative for Iran…

August 21, 2018

Southeast Asia
How to Improve U.S.-Indonesia Relations

The Donald J. Trump administration has pursued a foreign policy toward Southeast Asia that has simultaneously courted and alienated countries in the region. The White House has taken a tougher approa…

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August 21, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump to Visit Africa

On the margins of her speech on abusive use of social media, First Lady Melania Trump’s office announced that she will be making a trip alone to Africa in the coming autumn.

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August 27, 2018

Russia
Russia Wants a Deal with the United States on Cyber Issues. Why Does Washington Keep Saying No?

On at least three occasions in the last two years, Russia has proposed cybersecurity cooperation with the United States only to be told no. Here are three reasons why. 

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August 17, 2018

Turkey
We wanted Turkey to be a partner. It was never going to work.

This article was originally published here in The Washington Post on August 17, 2018. In July, a deal to release an American minister jailed in Turkey came apart because, a White House official to…

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