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February 20, 2013

Conflict Prevention
A Conversation with Ambassador Frederick Barton

Ambassador Fredrick Barton assesses challenges facing his bureau stemming from conflicts around the world.

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February 20, 2013

Conflict Prevention
A Conversation with Ambassador Frederick Barton

As the United States prepares to withdraw forces from Afghanistan, and as the 10th anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom draws near, please join Rick Barton to discuss the future of U.S. civilian re…

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October 9, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Origins of African States, and Their Names

An article on the origins of the names of African countries was recently published in Quartz. It includes a map of the continent in 1885, shortly after the Berlin Conference. Portuguese and Arabic traders and explorers are the origins of some names, European mispronunciation of tribal names are the origins of others.

A bird flies in front of Mount Kenya on the horizon in Laikipia national park, Kenya.

August 20, 2019

United States
Back-to-School Reading Special

Every year CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I record a summer reading episode of CFR’s “The World Next Week” podcast. We usually do it in June as we entertain visions of leisurely summer days yet to co…

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July 17, 2003

Iraq
Iraq’s Post-Conflict Reconstruction

Overview Rebuilding Iraq is an enormous task. Iraq is a large country with historic divisions, exacerbated by a brutal and corrupt regime. The country's twenty-four million people and its infrastr…

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February 12, 2009

Russia
Moscow Indicates It Won’t Be Ignored in the ’Near Abroad’

S. Frederick Starr, a longtime expert on the Caucasus and Central Asia, says Russia is using a "carrot and stick" approach to attempt to force the United States out of a crucial air base in Kyrgyzsta…

April 29, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state, but civil society and regional blocs may be slowing the trend of extending presidential terms in some areas.

A taxi passes an electoral poster for Cameroonian President Paul Biya in a market in Yaounde.

February 19, 2020

United Nations
Sorensen Distinguished Lecture on the United Nations: Protecting Our Children’s Future

Henrietta Fore discusses the work of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) as well as her priorities and goals for the agency.

Podcast Fatima, 12, attends Arabic classes at Imran Binu Hussein Primary School in the Hodan district, Mogadishu.

January 6, 2011

United States
A Conversation with Frederick W. Smith, CEO, FedEx Corporation

FedEx Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer Frederick W. Smith discusses with Gillian Tett, U.S. managing editor of the Financial Times, business regulation and tax policy to encourage job…

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January 2, 2018

Nigeria
Lord Lugard Created Nigeria 104 Years Ago

Lord Frederick Lugard, in a bid to simplify his colonial duties and subsidize his northern territory with his southern territory, signed a piece of paper on January 1, 1914 and created the political space that is Nigeria.

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