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June 20, 2018

Democratic Republic of Congo
Podcast: Scene Setter for Planned December Election in Congo

Though Prime Minister Bruno Tshibala of Democratic Republic of Congo officially announced on June 12 that President Joseph Kabila would not stand for a controversial third term, this has not ended speculation that Kabila, whose term of office expired in 2016, will find a way to continue to stay in power. Shortly thereafter, in what will surely complicate the election, the International Criminal Court acquitted Jean-Pierre Bemba, the former Congolese vice president, an ex-warlord, and a fierce rival of Kabila.

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February 4, 2013

Cuba
Another Phony Election in Cuba

Democracy may be spreading in large parts of the world and with it genuine, contested elections--but not in Cuba. Cubans "voted" again yesterday for the Cuban "National Assembly," if one uses such t…

June 21, 2011

Climate Change
Debating the Links Between Climate Change and National Defense

I’m a big fan of Bruno Tertrais, a French scholar (and a friend) whose work on nuclear security I’ve long respected. In the new issue of The Washington Quarterly, Bruno stretches his horizons to pron…

December 4, 2013

Israel
A Conversation About Israel

Israeli columnist Ari Shavit just came out with a new book, My Promised Land, that is receiving tremendous media attention in the United States. I joined Ari and David Remnick, editor of The New York…

June 25, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Guest Post: Rural Futures

This is a guest post by Owen Cylke. Mr. Cylke is a development professional and a retired senior foreign service officer with USAID. In his post, he discusses the CAADP meeting in Nairobi in early Ma…

A worker picks tea at a plantation in Githunguri, 30 km (18 miles) from Kenya's capital Nairobi, January 6, 2012.