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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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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).

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…

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

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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September 3, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Women Help Prevent Terrorism. Congress Should Encourage the Pentagon to Pay Attention.

As Congress argues over the 2020 defense authorization bill, there is one issue that should provide common ground: the benefits of investing in women’s contributions to security. The House has alread…

Female members of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces arrive in Dili to take part in the UN peacekeeping operation in East Timor. April 11, 2002.

February 13, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: Obama Sends Budget to Congress

U.S. President Barack Obama is sending a new budget to Congress this morning, one that looks to capture some $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next ten years through a combination of both spe…

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.

April 9, 2013

Chained CPI's Diminishing Returns for U.S. Budget

On Wednesday, President Obama will send his proposed budget to Capitol Hill. While it includes many ideas floated in the president’s previous budget plans, it proposes a switch to an inflation formul…