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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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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).

March 7, 2019

Energy and Climate Policy
How Congressional Appropriations Can Be Leveraged as First Step Toward the Green New Deal

This is a guest post by Benjamin Silliman, research associate for Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations.  Amid controversy whether the Green New Deal manifesto is …

U.S. Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) arrives for a news conference after a Senate vote on whether to overturn a presidential veto of the Keystone XL pipeline, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, March 4, 2015.

January 11, 2019

South Africa
Reconciling the South African Military’s Mission With Its Budget

There is mismatch between what the government asks and expects South African National Defense Forces (SANDF) to do and the money allocated to carry out its missions. The SANDF budget declined again for this fiscal year and stands at only around 1 percent of GDP. (By contrast, the budget for education is just under 5 percent of GDP.) 

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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…

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…

May 31, 2019

Immigration and Migration
Why Congress Cannot Allow the Trump Tariffs on Mexico to Stand

If the president succeeds, he will be free to slap tariffs on any country or any product at any time for whatever reason he dreams up.

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February 1, 2019

India
The Interim Indian Budget: Jobs Are the Bigger Issue

The Indian government released an “interim” budget today, a document designed to provide continuity for the next three months or so before the general election takes place and a newly constituted gov…

Ram Pratap, who lost his job as a powerloom operator earlier this year, poses for a picture inside a weaving factory where he used to work, in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India

July 23, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
Absent More International Support, Ebola Will Continue to Spread Beyond Congo

Disease outbreaks in states with weak governance and high rates of poverty often spread to other countries. With respect to eastern Congo’s Ebola outbreak, they highlight the fact that the disease has spread out of eastern Congo to the border with Rwanda and into Uganda. The World Health Organization has designated the outbreak as a “public health emergency of international concern.” 

Congolese health workers sit at a long table.

July 22, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: July 13–19

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from July 13 to 19, 2019.

Map of Nigeria shaded to reflect NST-documented deaths per state.