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June 28, 2018

South Africa
Modernity and Tradition Clash in South African Reed Dance

The clash between the modern and the traditional is illustrated by the “reed dance.” Performed by “maidens” in the semi-nude, it is widespread among the Ndebele people, including Xhosas and Zulus, in southern Africa. It is perhaps best known in Swaziland, where the king chooses a new wife every year following the annual reed dance.

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June 8, 2018

Nigeria
Nigerian Minister Warns Against Nigerian Citizens Seeking Asylum in Germany

Abika Dabiri-Erewa said many claims for asylum were spurious: “some who are from the East and West are saying they are running away from Boko Haram while others say they are gays and were having challenges expressing themselves in Nigeria.”

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May 4, 2018

South Africa
UN Voting Report Could Upset U.S.-South Africa Relationship

Ambassador Haley seems to be saying that if a country consistently votes against the United States in the UN, its bilateral U.S. assistance will be in jeopardy. 

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September 18, 2019

Hong Kong
Pro-Democracy Protests in Hong Kong: Perspectives From the Frontlines

Since March, millions of Hong Kongers have protested their government’s proposed law to allow the extradition of criminal suspects to mainland China. Although Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam rec…

Podcast Protesters raise mobile phones as they gather to show support for protesters inside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) campus, November 19, 2019

September 5, 2019

United States
A Conversation With John Delaney

John Delaney speaks on the future of U.S.-China relations. Read John Delaney’s answers to our questions on foreign policy issues. https://www.cfr.org/article/john-delaney

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April 11, 2019

China
Arthur C. Helton Memorial Lecture: China's Uighurs

Panelists discuss China’s treatment of Uighurs in the Xinjiang region, reports of detention and torture, and the response of other countries, including the United States. The Arthur C. Helton Memo…

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May 9, 2019

Politics and Government
Leading Organizational Change for Diversity and Inclusion

ZARATE: Welcome to the Council on Foreign Relations. Great group. What a—what a great crowd. This is the opening plenary of this important conference on leading organizational change for diversity an…

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April 13, 2017

China
Hollywood and China’s Unequal Affair

Larry Hong is an intern in the Asia program at the Council on Foreign Relations and a senior at Columbia University. This is the first post in his three-part series on the relationship between Hollyw…

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February 26, 2019

Religion
The Rise of Global Anti-Semitism

Panelists discuss modern anti-Semitism and the influences behind the recent increase in anti-Semitic activity in both the United States and around the world.

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March 3, 2017

China
Samsung Scandal, Islamic State and China, Philippine HIV, and More

Rachel Brown, Sherry Cho, Larry Hong, and Gabriel Walker look at five stories from Asia this week. 1. Samsung heir indicted on corruption charges. Lee Jae-yong, the de facto head of Samsung Group, w…

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