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October 28, 2019

Islamic State
Islamic State Leader’s Death Does Little to Ease Syria Concerns

A U.S. military operation that eliminated Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is welcome but fails to allay worries about the security vacuum caused by the removal of U.S. troops from northern …

October 25, 2019

Religion
Kenyan Theologian Who Elevated African Religion Passes Away

The Kenyan John Mbiti, an Anglican priest, theologian, and academic, died on October 5 at the age of eighty-seven. He led the reappraisal of traditional African religions that sees them as equal to other world religions. He argued that traditional African religions were specifically congruent with Christianity, and that Christianity was more than Europe.

The Ecumenical Centre and Church is pictured on November 21, 2008 in Abuja, Nigeria.

October 24, 2019

News Release
CFR Launches New Podcast on Why Global Issues Matter

Why It Matters, a new podcast from the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), tells the stories behind the most compelling—and least understood—questions shaping the world and explains how these issues …

October 24, 2019

United States
Election 2020: Mark Sanford, Republican Presidential Candidate

Donald Trump’s approval rating among Republican voters hovers around 90 percent. Numbers that high normally mean no primary challenge. But the Trump presidency has been anything but normal. Former So…

Mark Sanford

October 23, 2019

Americas
AMLO’s ‘Hugs Not Bullets’ Is Failing Mexico

The president's softer approach to criminal gangs just suffered a serious setback in Sinaloa.

A burning bus, set alight by cartel gunmen to block a road, is pictured during clashes with federal forces following the detention of Ovidio Guzman, son of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, in Culiacan, Sinaloa state, Mexico October 17, 2019.

October 23, 2019

Sierra Leone
Behind Sierra Leone’s Ambitious, Tech-Driven Development Plan

Sierra Leone currently ranks as one of the least developed countries in the world, with a GDP per capita of less than $300 and high levels of poverty. But President Julius Maada Bio has charted an ambitious development plan for the small West African country. Since 2017, President Bio has overseen increased investment in advanced technologies in the hopes of spurring development.

President Julius Maada Bio sits with his hands clasped at a desk.

October 23, 2019

Europe
The President's Inbox: The "Do-or-Die" Brexit Deal with Sebastian Mallaby

This week’s episode of The President’s Inbox is live. I sat down with Sebastian Mallaby, CFR’s Paul A. Volcker senior fellow for international economics, to discuss the deal that British Prime Minist…

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson argues for his Brexit deal in the House of Commons on October 19.

October 22, 2019

Mexico
Mexico’s Drug War

Violence continues to rage in Mexico more than a decade after former President Felipe Calderon launched a crackdown on drug cartels.

A Mexican Army expert shows crystal meth paste at a clandestine laboratory in Tecate, Mexico.

October 21, 2019

Southeast Asia
Malaysia’s Voting Age Amendment: A Double-Edged Sword for Political Leaders

Brian Braun is resident program officer in Malaysia for the International Republican Institute. Follow him at @BR_Braun. Malaysia made history on July 16 when, in the country’s first unanimous par…

Opposition supporters turn on flashlights on their phones after former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad was elected as a parliamentary constituency candidate during a rally ahead of the 14th general election in Malaysia on April 15, 2018.

October 17, 2019

Syria
The High Price of Trump’s Great Betrayal

President Trump’s abandonment of the Kurds reinforced already existing doubts in the region and around the world that the United States remains a reliable ally.

Syria withdrawal