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August 31, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa: Fat Politicians and Thin Voters

A month after the governing African National Congress (ANC) lost heavily in South Africa’s municipal elections, the party is at war with itself. From my perspective, the struggle is between democrati…

South Africa Voters

April 13, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
Fissures Within South Africa’s Governing Party

South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) has long been a big tent, with its membership united by opposition to apartheid and, less salient, support for “nonracial” democracy. Conventi…

ANC_Flag

November 24, 2015

Human Rights
Three Priorities for Cyber Diplomacy Under the 2016 German OSCE Chairmanship

Dr Annegret Bendiek is Senior Associate and Head of Project at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). Christoph Berlich und Tobias Metzger are Project Staff on “The challe…

Cyber Net Politics OSCE CFR

September 21, 2015

Gender
Twenty Years Later, We Build on Beijing

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is from Mary Ellen Iskenderian, pres…

A worker replaces a candle in a lantern in front of The Imperial Vault of Heaven at the Temple of He..

August 25, 2015

China
What’s Missing in the China Story?

Over the past month, there has been a lot of “China drama.” The volatility in the Chinese stock market, the yuan devaluation, and now the Tianjin warehouse explosion have all raised China chatter to …

Rescue workers wearing chemical protective suits walk at the site of the explosions at the Binhai new district in Tianjin, China, August 14, 2015. Rescuers on Friday pulled one survivor from the wreckage of a warehouse in northeast China's Tianjin that was hit by two massive blasts, a city official told reporters at a briefing. REUTERS/Jason Lee

June 19, 2015

What’s Worth Reading This Summer?

CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I sat down yesterday to record the annual summer reading episode of CFR’s “The World Next Week” podcast. Our good friend and colleague, Janine Davidson, joined us for t…

People check books at a new mobile library for beach visitors initiated by the Tel Aviv municipality on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea in Tel Aviv July 9, 2013.

March 5, 2015

United States
The Twenty Best Vietnam Protest Songs

Sunday marks fifty years since the first U.S. combat troops arrived in South Vietnam. To mark the anniversary of the war that changed America, I am doing a series of posts on the best histories, memo…

Vietnam-War-Songs

September 8, 2014

China
Three Things for Xi Jinping and Shinzo Abe to Read

With the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in early November approaching rapidly, hopes are high for a meeting between Chinese president Xi Jinping and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe. The …

Demonstrators chant slogans and carry a Chinese national flag as they march past riot police outside the main entrance to the Japanese embassy in Beijing September 17, 2012. Chinese police used pepper spray, tear gas and water cannon to break up an anti-Japan protest in southern China on Sunday as demonstrators took to the streets in scores of cities across the country in a long-running row with Japan over a group of disputed islands. REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)

August 4, 2014

Defense and Security
TWE Remembers: The Gulf of Tonkin Incident

The USS Maddox was on alert on the evening of August 4, 1964 in the Gulf of Tonkin. Two nights earlier North Vietnamese patrol boats had attacked it without warning. The Maddox had driven them off wi…

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July 30, 2014

Austria
TWE Remembers: World War I Novels

Yesterday, I recommended several great books on the origins of World War I. I’m a history buff, so books about what world leaders said and did are my thing. But friends who prefer novels to histories…

World-War-I-Novels