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May 6, 2019

South Africa
Background to South Africa's National Elections on May 8

On May 8, South Africans will vote in national elections for the sixth time since the end of apartheid and the transition to “non-racial” elections in 1994. While there are forty-eight political parties contesting, only three have a reasonable chance of forming a government. They are the ANC, the Democratic Alliance (DA), and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

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April 10, 2019

India
National Security and the Indian Elections

India begins elections for its lower house on April 11. This will be the world’s largest democratic exercise, and will last through May 19, with ballots counted on May 23. I had the chance to ask Dr…

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election campaign rally in Kolkata, India, April 3, 2019.

May 8, 2019

World Order
How the United States Can Recommit Itself to the Rules of an Open World

The United States should throttle back on great power adventurism and promote a transparent system of multilateral rules that advance mutual security and prosperity.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump addresses the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York on September 25, 2018.

April 4, 2019

Nigeria
Former Director General of Nigeria’s National Intelligence Agency Arrested

On February 7,  the Federal High Court in Lagos issued a warrant for the arrest of Ayodele Oke, former director general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), and his wife Folasade following an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Just before they were due to appear in court, they apparently left the country for "medical treatment," and the Nigeria media is not reporting where they are now. The EFCC has declared the couple wanted after their failure to respond to a court summons. 

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May 8, 2019

South Africa
South Africans Vote Today in Sixth National Elections Since Apartheid

Today, South Africans will vote for national and provincial assemblies, who in turn will form national and provincial governments. South Africans will choose between parties, not candidates, under South Africa’s system of proportional representation. The main parties are the ANC, DA, and EFF.

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May 14, 2019

India
Ethnic and Caste Politics, Hindu Nationalism, and the Indian Elections

General elections for India’s lower house of parliament began on April 11 and will last through May 19, with all ballots counted on May 23. This is the world’s largest democratic exercise. I had the …

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November 15, 2018

Russia
The United Nations Doubles Its Workload on Cyber Norms, and Not Everyone Is Pleased

Russia and the United States proposed two competing resolutions, possibly expecting one to prevail over the other. Instead, the General Assembly approved both. 

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October 29, 2018

Russia
Unpacking The Competing Russian and U.S. Cyberspace Resolutions at the United Nations

Alex Grigsby is the assistant director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. It's October and the United Nations General Assembly and subsidiary committ…

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December 22, 2017

Israel
Honor and Dishonor at the United Nations

The United States was badly outnumbered in the General Assembly. There were just 67 countries who could be said to be on “our side” in that they didn’t vote against our position. No, not this week…

May 23, 2019

Japan
Forty-Two and Counting…The Trump-Abe Connection

Yesterday the Washington Post reported that Japanese government officials who tracked the metrics of the Abe-Trump relationship tallied forty-two conversations, in person and on the phone. This is an…

U.S. President Donald Trump greets Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 26, 2018.