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October 24, 2019

South Africa
Leader of South Africa’s Opposition Quits Party and Parliament

On October 23, Mmusi Maimane resigned as the leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA). His resignation was preceded by that of the DA mayor of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba on October 21, and immediately followed by that of the party’s federal chairperson, Athol Trollip.

Mmusi Maimane casts his vote at a polling station

October 16, 2019

Turkey
The President's Inbox: Henri Barkey and Steven Cook on the U.S. Withdrawal from Syria

The latest episode of The President’s Inbox is live. I sat down with Henri Barkey, CFR’s adjunct senior fellow for Middle East studies, and Steven Cook, CFR’s Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Midd…

A boy waves a Turkish flag as a Turkish military vehicle drives through a town near the Turkey-Syria border on October 16.

January 16, 2019

Religion
Giant of Religion in Africa, Dr. Lamin Sanneh, Passes Away

Recent obituaries published in both the New York Times and the Washington Post celebrated Dr. Lamin Sanneh'a enormous scholarly contributions to religion in Africa. He emphasized the role of African missionaries as well as European ones in the spread of Christianity throughout the continent.

Kenya-Christianity-Turkana

October 11, 2018

Democratic Republic of Congo
Champions for Change: Dr. Denis Mukwege

Champions for Change is a series highlighting male allies working to advance equality across the globe. In this post, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege describes what inspired him to start…

Dr. Denis Mukwege receives the Hillary R. Clinton Award for Advancing Women in Peace and Security, February 2014.

June 18, 2019

Syria
Women in Syria, With Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, adjunct senior fellow in CFR’s Women and Foreign Policy program, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss her experience on the ground in northeast Syria. Lemmon has authored …

Podcast Women stand together at al-Hol camp in Syria.

March 23, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Helen Zille’s Colonialism Controversy

Helen Zille is the premier of the Western Cape and a former leader of South Africa’s official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA). A former journalist and anti-apartheid activist of German…

Helen Zille

July 29, 2019

United States
Election 2020: John Hickenlooper, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Political strategists often ask whether a presidential candidate is someone a voter would want to have a beer with. In the case of former Governor of Colorado John Hickenlooper, they have a candidate…

John Hickenlooper

May 24, 2018

World Health Organization (WHO)
A Scorecard for Dr. Tedros as the WHO’s Director-General

Tedros’s first year as Director-General of the WHO demonstrated his vision, leadership, and ability to seize an opportunity for action. However, concerns remain regarding his willingness to balance p…

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on May 18, 2018.

May 15, 2017

Japan
Helen Hardacre: Political Realignment Among Japan’s Religions

Shinto priests walk in a line to attend a ritual to usher in the upcoming New Year at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan on December 31, 2016 (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon).  

Priests

November 27, 2018

United States
Now's the Time to Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

The Equal Rights Amendment could find new life 46 years after it passed in Congress, only to fall short of the 38 states necessary for ratification. Now Virginia may be the state to resurrect the con…

An activist uses a mobile phone as she participates in a demonstration for women's rights on January 21, 2018.