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April 1, 2021

Tanzania
Interview: Tundu Lissu on Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan and the Role of the West in Democratization

Tundu Lissu, in an interview, comments on expectations for President Samia Suluhu Hassan, a Zanzibar native who was sworn in following former President John Magufuli’s death as Tanzania’s sixth—and first female—president.

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan inspects a guard of honor after being sworn in as president.

May 4, 2022

Tanzania
A Stronger U.S.-Tanzania Relationship Would Be Mutually Beneficial

Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan made the most of her recent trip to the United States, signaling a desire for an improved relationship and deeper bilateral economic ties. Given U.S. interests in a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic East Africa, and the worrying trends in the region, her charm offensive should be met with enthusiasm in Washington. The U.S.-Tanzania relationship had been strained for years, first by frustrations with corruption that siphoned off a significant portion of the sizeable foreign assistance investment Washington had made in the country, and then by concern over the autocratic governance style of Hassan’s predecessor, John Magufuli. But since assuming office after the death of Magufuli in March 2021, Hassan has moved cautiously and deliberately to shore up her own position and to change the country’s direction.

Tanzania's President Hassan wearing a head covering speaks at a podium with Vice President Harris to her left.

July 20, 2022

Somalia
Stranded Somali Soldiers Raise Questions About Horn Alliances

Eritrean interests may be better served than those of Ethiopia and Somalia.

Members of Somalia's military officers parade during the handover ceremony of the newly elected President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud

July 18, 2014

Iran
Weekend Reading: Assad’s Inaugural Address, A Review of Rouhani, and Egypt’s Reconciliation Problems

Full text of Bashar al-Assad’s inauguration speech at his swearing-in ceremony last Wednesday, translated by the Center for Research on Globalization. Said A. Arjomand reflects on President of Iran …

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August 9, 2013

Iran
Weekend Reading: The Rouhani Meter, Egypt’s Constitutional Committee, and Turkey’s Verdicts

Presenting the Rouhani Meter, taken after the Egyptian Morsi Meter, which evaluates the new Iranian president’s first one hundred days in office. Mada Masr’s overview of the criteria for the composi…

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August 1, 2013

The World Next Week: Iranian President-Elect Rouhani Takes Office, Obama Celebrates His 52nd Birthday, Japan Sends the First Robotic Astronaut Into Space

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed Iranian president-elect Hassan Rouhani, President Obama’s birthday and his progress in his second term, and Japan’s robotic astronaut la…

Supporters of Hassan Rohani celebrate his victory in Iran's presidential election (Fars News/Sina Shiri/Courtesy Reuters).

May 18, 2017

Iran
Is Iran’s Election a Litmus Test for the Next Supreme Leader?

Iranians are heading to the polls this Friday to decide Iran’s next president: incumbent Hassan Rouhani or his challenger Ebrahim Raisi. A victory for Raisi could mean he is being tested out for a po…

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December 23, 2020

Elections and Voting
Ten Elections to Watch in 2021

Numerous countries will hold elections in 2021. Here are ten to watch. 

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March 26, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: First Woman President of Tanzania

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 March 13 to March 26.

Samia Suluhu Hassan, the first woman president of Tanzania, takes her oath of office following the death of her predecessor.

January 28, 2022

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Victory for Women’s Rights Activists in Pakistan

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 January 15 to January 28.

People participate in Aurat March or Women's March, to mark the International Women's Day in Karachi, Pakistan March 8, 2021.