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December 18, 2017

South Africa
South-Africa-Ramaphosa-ANC-Party-Zuma Cyril Ramaphosa Wins ANC Leadership Race in South Africa

Cyril Ramaphosa’s victory in the African National Congress (ANC) leadership race is good for democratic institutions, the rule of law, and the South African economy, at least in the short term. He is likely to become the state president following the 2019 elections, and he may force the corrupt and discredited Jacob Zuma to relinquish the presidency before then.

October 27, 2017

Japan
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Abe’s Win and Japan’s Constitutional Debate

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is positioned to push constitutional revision following his landslide electoral win, but his efforts will be challenged at home and abroad.

May 7, 2017

France
After Macron Win, Political Challenges Await

Political newcomer Emmanuel Macron won a decisive victory in France’s presidential elections, but the new president will face major challenges to form a governing coalition, says CFR’s Charles A. Kup…

November 15, 2017

United States
John Pomfret’s “The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom” Wins 2017 CFR Arthur Ross Book Award

 November 15, 2017—Journalist John Pomfret has won the sixteenth annual Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Arthur Ross Book Award for The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, …

February 14, 2018

Italy
Grillo and Di Maio What to Know About Italy’s 2018 Elections

Italy’s elections will shape the country’s response to economic stagnation, migration woes, and European integration, with repercussions across the continent.

February 9, 2018

South Korea
The Olympics Are Here and the Stakes Are High for South Korea The Pyeongchang Winter Olympiad and South Korea’s Diplomatic Goals

South Korea branded the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics as the “Peace Olympics” as part of its campaign to win rights to host the games. Just months ago, the phrase seemed empty as Donald Trump and Kim J…

February 9, 2018

Vietnam War
Tet Offensive Lessons From the Tet Offensive

Last month marked the fiftieth anniversary of the start of the Tet Offensive. Yesterday I had the good fortune to discuss the lessons of Tet with three experts on the Vietnam War, Frances FitzGerald,…

February 9, 2018

China
An African student practices Shaolin martial arts in Henan Province. China’s Big Bet on Soft Power

China is believed to spend billions of dollars to boost its international image, but it has yet to see a marked return on its investment in soft power.

October 6, 2017

CFR News
CFR Wins Fourth Emmy for Interactive Guide to Deforestation in the Amazon

The Council on Foreign Relations’ (CFR) “Deforestation in the Amazon” InfoGuide won an Emmy Award in the category of “Outstanding New Approaches: Current News.” The award was announced yesterday at t…

February 6, 2018

Olympics
East Germany was a perennial powerhouse at winter games, including the 1988 Calgary games where it won gold and bronze in the women’s 1000 meters Speedskating event. The Mixed Record of Sports Diplomacy

While sports may temporarily transcend divisions in society, events like the Olympics rarely serve to advance countries’ diplomatic aims.