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February 9, 2018

South Africa
Timeline: Opposition Grows as Zuma Remains in Office

The impending resignation of Jacob Zuma as president of South Africa was not necessarily unexpected following the defeat of his preferred candidate in the African National Congress’s (ANC) elections for party leader. However, it is happening more quickly than many observers predicted, including this one.

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November 14, 2005

United States
Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin Selected to Head the Council’s Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies and to Hold the Paul A. Volcker Chair in International Economics

November 14, 2005—Council President Richard N. Haass has named Douglas Holtz-Eakin, current director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the new director of the Council’s Maurice R. Greenberg C…

October 27, 2015

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
A U.S. Budget Deal that Matters

This is what governing looks like. When outgoing speaker John Boehner promised to “clean the barn up a little bit” before leaving, there was understandable skepticism that a large number of must-pas…

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May 4, 2015

Congress's Budget Game Gets Uglier

In recent years Congress has slashed non-defense discretionary spending close to its lowest point in half a century. In his new column for Bloomberg View, CFR Adjunct Senior Fellow Peter Orszag obser…

Chairman of the House Budget Committee Tom Price (R-GA) announces the House Budget during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 17, 2015 (Joshua Roberts/Courtesy Reuters).

November 18, 2019

Hong Kong
How Is Congress Trying to Support the Hong Kong Protesters?

If passed, a new bill would signal U.S. support for the protesters and put pressure on China’s leaders.

November 18, 2011

United States
Walking the U.S. Budget Tightrope

Despite the failure of a supercommittee deficit deal, budget expert Peter Orszag says there will still be opportunity for policies, such as more economic stimulus and cutting healthcare costs, to ave…

May 5, 2011

United States
The Budget Deficit and U.S. Competitiveness

What are the implications for U.S. global competitiveness of running large budget deficits, and what should be done to reign in the fiscal shortfall? Five experts provide their take on the risks and …

February 14, 2011

United States
The U.S. Budget’s Tightrope Act

The White House’s proposed budget for FY2012 tries to balance spending cuts with investment to boost competitiveness. CFR experts examine how well it handles deficit reduction, defense, foreign aid, …

April 12, 2013

U.S. Budget Policy: Problem Solved?

The Obama administration’s long-term budget projection estimates government debt as a share of GDP will remain stable until 2050, then decline, and in seventy-five years place the U.S. federal govern…

January 24, 2013

United States
Congress and U.S. Foreign Policy

U.S. foreign policy is largely directed by presidents, but Congress does have considerable influence, as this CFR Backgrounder explains.