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April 26, 2018

France
Emmanuel Macron and the Franco-American Ties That Bind

In an indirect rebuke to Trump, French President Macron staunchly defended multilateral cooperation as the only answer to the world’s ills in his congressional address, underscoring why France remain…

French President Emmanuel Macron addresses a joint meeting of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. on April 25, 2018.

May 8, 2017

France
What Emmanuel Macron's Victory Means for French and U.S. Tech

Emmanuel Macron won the French presidency--the youngest man ever to accede to the Élysée palace. But what does it mean for French and U.S. tech?

Supporters of Emmanuel Macron celebrate near the Louvre museum.

April 20, 2022

France
Macron vs. Le Pen: What’s at Stake in the French Election?

Even if French President Emmanuel Macron is able to fend off the challenge from his far-right opponent, Marine Le Pen, he could struggle to form an effective government.

June 28, 2022

Ukraine
Ukraine Could Become an EU Member. What Would That Mean?

Ukraine’s first steps toward eventual EU membership are the start of a long process that has raised the stakes in the country’s war with Russia.

June 22, 2022

Security Alliances
The G7, NATO, and the Future of the West

Rather than making democracy a litmus test, G7 and NATO leaders would gain more traction by focusing on the need for all countries to defend the fundamental rules of the international system grounded…

G7 leaders pose in front of their national flags for a family photo during a NATO summit on Russia's invasion of Ukraine at the alliance's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on March 24, 2022.

May 27, 2022

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: French Minister Denies Rape Accusations

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post covers May 21 to May 27.

Feminist activists hold a banner reading "ministry of shame" during a protest against the appointments of French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin in the new French government, in front of the city hall in Paris, France on July 10, 2020.

May 31, 2022

Nigeria
Elite Compact Thrown Into Doubt as Atiku Abubakar’s Emergence Blows Nigerian Presidential Race Wide Open

The outcome of party presidential primaries appears to signal the end of post-military elite political consensus. 

Nigerian Presidential Candidate Atiku Abubakar gives an impassioned speech while gesturing

July 14, 2021

West Africa
French President Macron Expands on Sahel Drawdown Plan

French President Emmanuel Macron announced yesterday that Operation Barkhane, the French counterterrorism force fighting jihadis in the Sahel, will end in the first quarter of 2022. This follows a recent announcement that the French president plans to cut in half the French presence in the Sahel and reorganize what will remain as specialized regional forces, while also contributing to Task Force Takuba, the recently established EU force with a remit similar to that of Barkhane.

French President Emmanuel Macron and Nigerien President Mohamed Bazoum sit at a table with their countries' flags behind them, along with an EU flag. Other leaders of G5 Sahel countries are seen on a screen in the background.

July 13, 2021

Nigeria
T.B. Joshua: A Preacher Who Held Outsized Influence in Nigeria and Africa

Policy makers, diplomats, and commentators in the secular West often fail to take into account the profound influence of religious leaders in sub-Saharan Africa, whether among Christians, Muslims, or adherents of traditional religions. Heaven, hell, and what secularists regard as magic are literal realities, more immediate than government policy or the pronouncements of political leaders. What the preacher says is more credible than the utterances of politicians.

T.B. Joshua, a now-deceased Nigerian pastor, holds his hand on a woman's face. The woman holds her hands raised with her palms upward.

March 9, 2022

Burkina Faso
What the Sankara Assassination Trial Means for West Africa

The trial against Burkina Faso’s exiled former leader for a decades-old assassination case could signal progress on accountability at a time of coups and upheaval regionwide.

People attend the opening of the trial against alleged perpetrators of the assassination of former President Thomas Sankara in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.