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January 12, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
Racist Facebook Comments Ignite South African Anger

Penny Sparrow, age sixty-nine, a white real estate agent in Durban and a member of the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), in a Facebook post characterized black beach goers over New Year’s as “monk…

Durban Beach-Penny Sparrow

September 22, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Hunting Debate

This is a guest post by Emily Mellgard. Emily is a researcher for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation working on their Religion & Geopolitics resource (religionandgeopolitics.org) in London, England, and…

Hunting Debate

September 17, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Tackling the Illicit African Wildlife Trade

Trafficking and poaching wildlife are a growing scourge for Africa, posing a threat to governance and even security for some nations, write CFR’s John Campbell and Allen Grane.

April 15, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Is Rhodes’ Statue Removal Setting a Bad Precedent?

This is a guest post by John Causey, a private equity practitioner with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa transactions. On April 9, the University of Cape Town (UCT) removed the statue on its main campu…

Cecil Rhodes Statue

May 18, 2015

Middle East and North Africa
What to Do About The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

Experts evaluate U.S. policy options in approaching the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

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April 7, 2014

Cybersecurity
What Briefing Chinese Officials on Cyber Really Accomplishes

David Sanger wrote an interesting article in the New York Times about Washington’s efforts to prevent escalating cyberattacks with Beijing. According to Sanger, U.S. officials have tried to allay the…

 U.S. President Barack Obama, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and China's President Xi Jinping talk during a family photo at the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague March 25, 2014.  (Doug Mills/Courtesy Reuters)

January 24, 2014

China
Friday Asia Update: Top Five Stories for the Week of January 24, 2014

Darcie Draudt, Charles McClean, Will Piekos, and Sharone Tobias look at the top stories in Asia this week. 1. Report reveals that several of China’s top leaders hold trillions in offshore accounts. …

Supporters of Xu Zhiyong, one of China's most prominent rights advocates, shout slogans near a court where Xu's trial is being held, in Beijing on January 22, 2014. (Kim Kyung-hoon/Courtesy Reuters)

March 13, 2013

Fossil Fuels
An Enlightening Study on Shale Gas and Water Quality

A team at Resources For the Future (RFF) led by Sheila Olmstead has a neat new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) that takes a rigorous look at water pollution due to…

February 4, 2005

Zimbabwe
AFRICA: Mugabe’s Zimbabwe

This publication is now archived. What’s the current situation in Zimbabwe?President Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s leader since independence in 1980, maintains his grip on power. Under his rule, the coun…

October 12, 2006

United States
National Security Consequences of U.S. Oil Dependency

Through most of the 1990s energy supplies were plentiful and prices were low. The Economist speculated about the political consequences of a world in which oil declined to $5 per barrel. U.S. foreign…