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October 24, 2019

South Africa
Leader of South Africa’s Opposition Quits Party and Parliament

On October 23, Mmusi Maimane resigned as the leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA). His resignation was preceded by that of the DA mayor of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba on October 21, and immediately followed by that of the party’s federal chairperson, Athol Trollip.

Mmusi Maimane casts his vote at a polling station

July 29, 2019

Election 2020
Meet John Hickenlooper, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Political strategists often ask whether a presidential candidate is someone a voter would want to have a beer with. In the case of former Governor of Colorado John Hickenlooper, they have a candidate…

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April 30, 2019

South Africa
The End of Apartheid in South Africa: The U.S. and UK Policy Perspective

Panelists present firsthand accounts of the end of apartheid in South Africa, specifically the involvement of the United States and Great Britain, and the repercussions of their policies for South Af…

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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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April 17, 2018

South Africa
South Africa’s DA Struggles to Broaden Support Amid Zuma's Departure

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is the official opposition to the governing African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa’s parliament, and is struggling to grow its support now that Zuma is gone.

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December 5, 2017

United States
The Status of Women in the Economy

The connection between women’s economic empowerment has been proven to be critical to economic growth and stability, but the share of women in the labor force has stagnated for two decades and signif…

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August 29, 2017

China
The Global Economy’s New Rule-Maker

MILAN – In a recent commentary for the South China Morning Post, Helen Wong, HSBC’s chief executive for Greater China, shows that China’s rising generation of 400 million young consumers will soon ac…

A woman walks past the poster of a bank branch in Beijing, China.

June 22, 2017

South Africa
South Africa's Democratic Alliance Weathers Twitter Scandal

In a period of economic challenges and political scandals, South Africa’s constitutional and democratic institutions provide an essential rudder. Among those institutions are the opposition parties, …

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May 15, 2017

Japan
Helen Hardacre: Political Realignment Among Japan’s Religions

Shinto priests walk in a line to attend a ritual to usher in the upcoming New Year at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan on December 31, 2016 (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon).  

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