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September 14, 2018

Afghanistan
Overcoming the Prisoner’s Dilemma to Reach Peace in Afghanistan

Furthering the peace process in Afghanistan will require overcoming a quintessential prisoner’s dilemma between the core parties to the conflict. 

Zalmay Khalilzad at United Nations headquarters in 2008

June 15, 2018

Afghanistan
Afghan Cease-fires Could Pave Path to Peace

Overlapping, temporary ceasefires by the Afghan government, U.S.-led NATO forces, and the Taliban are signs that there is room to move toward a political dialogue to end the conflict.  

People take part in morning prayers in Kabul

May 1, 2018

South Africa
Winnie's Death Reignites Criticism of Nelson Mandela’s Legacy

In the wake of Winnie’s death, commentators on the left and advocates for black power are now openly challenging the compromise made by Nelson Mandela because of the persistence of gross inequality and poverty largely defined by race.

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September 18, 2018

United States
The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 71st Birthday Today

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 71 years-old today. On September 18, 1947, Chief Justice Fred Vinson swore in Stuart Symington as the first secretary of the air force, officially founding a …

Air Force Birthday 2018

September 14, 2018

South Sudan
Global Conflict This Week: South Sudan Peace Deal Signed

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

Internally displaced people in South Sudan

September 13, 2018

Military Operations
CFR Welcomes Visiting Fellows

September 11, 2018—The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) welcomes the 2018–19 visiting fellows to the David Rockefeller Studies Program. Selected fellows have the opportunity to broaden their perspe…

November 9, 2017

Afghanistan War
Why the Time Is Right to Talk to the Taliban

A peace process with the Taliban is almost certainly the best way to end the war in Afghanistan, and arguments for postponing efforts to get one underway overlook the costs of prolonging the conflict…

Taliban fighters in eastern Nangarhar Province attend a surrender ceremony in 2016.

August 6, 2018

Zimbabwe
The Likely Way Out of Zimbabwe's Election Crisis

Mnangagwa's victory was promptly and shamefully endorsed by African Union observers and those from the Southern African Development Community, but questioned by observers from the European Union, the National Democratic institute and the International Republican Institute, and, most important, the Zimbabwe Election Support Network, a local NGO umbrella that deployed 6,500 observers around the country.

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July 31, 2018

Zimbabwe
The Zimbabwe Election and Mnangagwa’s Charm Offensive

A victorious candidate must win 50 percent of the total vote plus one. If there is no outright winner, the top two candidates will be forced into a runoff, which would take place on September 8. Mnangagwa and Chamisa ran neck and neck in preelection polls, and there are many analysts now raising the possibility, even the likelihood, of a runoff.

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July 18, 2016

Politics and Government
Nelson Mandela Day

Africa in Transition usually runs an update of the Nigeria Security Tracker on Mondays. However, July 18 is Nelson Mandela Day, so the Tracker update will appear on Tuesday, July 19. Nelson Mandela …

Nelson Mandela Day