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June 27, 2018

South Africa
Even as Winter Rains Come to Cape Town, Water Scarcity Is Here to Stay

In 2017, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille declared the Western Cape a disaster area because of the drought. In March, the ruling African National Congress’ minister for cooperative governance, Zweli Mkhize, declared a national state of emergency. However, with the arrival of winter rains, Mkhize did not renew the state of emergency when it expired on June 13.

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August 29, 2019

Brazil
How Brazil’s Burning Amazon Threatens the Climate

Fires in the Amazon have aroused international concern because of the rain forest’s outsize impact on climate, but political tensions are hampering the response.

August 15, 2019

Zimbabwe
Why Is Zimbabwe Starving?

Long-standing financial troubles and drought in Zimbabwe have pushed millions to the brink of starvation.

May 31, 2019

Technology and Innovation
What 5G Means for Energy

This is a guest post by Chris Bronk, assistant professor of computer and information systems and associate director of the Center for Information Security Research and Education at the University of …

China Telecom technicians test an equipment at the 5G network base station near Yellow River in Lanzhou, Gansu province, China May 16, 2019. Picture taken May 16, 2019.

April 16, 2019

Egypt
Sisi Has His Own Jamal Khashoggi

 It’s time to hold Egypt accountable for the U.S. citizens it has unjustly victimized.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attends a signing ceremony following a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia October 17, 2018.

March 22, 2019

Mozambique
The American Midwest and Southeastern Africa Hit by Storms and Flooding

In March, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi have experienced severe flooding from Cyclone Idai. Around the same time, parts of Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska experienced devastating flooding along parts of the Missouri River system caused by heavy snowmelt and rain. 

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March 7, 2019

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
The Lingering Specter of Nuclear War

Technological innovation and strategic competition appear to be increasing the risk of nuclear war. Mending the fraying international nuclear nonproliferation and arms control regimes should be a top…

A vehicle carrying a Russian Topol-M ICBM drives across Red Square in a Victory Day Parade in Moscow on May 9, 2008.

December 20, 2018

Global
Ten Most Significant World Events in 2018

You aren’t alone if you’re feeling worn down as 2018 comes to a close. It’s been a trying year when it comes to the world scene. A seemingly unending parade of summits, crises, protests, and conflict…

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a working dinner after the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

October 18, 2019

Democracy
Tenth Annual Back-to-School Event: Live! The World Next Week

CFR's annual Back-to-School Event celebrated the tenth anniversary of The World Next Week podcast with James M. Lindsay, Robert McMahon, and Deborah S. Amos.

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October 15, 2019

Russia
Eyewitness to History: Reagan and Gorbachev at Reykjavik

Panelists provide first-hand accounts of the 1986 Reykjavik Summit with U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and discuss how the Cold War–era meeting shaped future U.S.-Ru…

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