February 9, 2018South Africa
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.
May 4, 2015
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…
March 7, 2019Energy and Climate Policy
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 …
January 11, 2019South Africa
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.)
April 12, 2013
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, 2005United States
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, 2019Immigration and Migration
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.
February 1, 2019India
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…
July 23, 2019Democratic Republic of 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.”
July 22, 2019Nigeria
This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from July 13 to 19, 2019.