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May 27, 2020

South Africa
A Conversation With Judith February on Political Leadership and COVID-19 in South Africa

CFR Senior Fellow for Africa Studies Michelle Gavin interviews writer, lawyer, and governance expert Judith February.

Women carry bags of maize as people queue to receive food aid amid the spread of the novel coronavirus, near Pretoria, South Africa, on May 20, 2020.

May 27, 2020

South Africa
A Conversation With Judith February on Political Leadership and COVID-19 in South Africa

CFR Senior Fellow for Africa Studies Michelle Gavin interviews writer, lawyer, and governance expert Judith February.

Women carry bags of maize as people queue to receive food aid amid the spread of the novel coronavirus, near Pretoria, South Africa, on May 20, 2020.

January 5, 2018

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: January 5, 2018

This week Meltdown and Spectre shake the computing world; authorities in Iran block Instagram and Telegram; Tehran's cyber capabilities grow more sophisticated, and India's biometric database suffers…

REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

May 18, 2017

Iran
Is Iran’s Election a Litmus Test for the Next Supreme Leader?

Iranians are heading to the polls this Friday to decide Iran’s next president: incumbent Hassan Rouhani or his challenger Ebrahim Raisi. A victory for Raisi could mean he is being tested out for a po…

a girl holds a poster of Rouhani

March 26, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa: Ascendant African Growth Engine?

This is a guest post by Jim Sanders, a career, now retired, West Africa watcher for various federal agencies. The views expressed below are his personal views and do not reflect those of his former e…

Men hold placards offering temporal employment services in Glenvista, south of Johannesburg, October 7, 2010.

August 2, 2011

United States
Osama Bin Laden: What Did Pakistan Know?

A newspaper stand displays magazines and posters bearing the pictures of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and U.S. President Barack Obama (bottom L) in Karachi May 9, 2011 (Athar Hussain/Courtesy Reut…

A newspaper stand displays magazines and posters bearing the pictures of al Qaeda leader bin Laden and U.S. President Obama in Karachi

January 20, 2006

Financial Markets
Why tracking petrodollars is hard …

The latest news:  Iran, worried about sanctions, is shifting its assets from Europe to Southeast Asia.   Iran probably holds its reserves in euros, not dollars -- but if it did hold dollars, they ce…