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November 23, 2010

Politics and Government
Obama’s Gamble

The White House can count well as anyone else.  Passing the New START Treaty during the lame-duck session means holding all fifty-eight Senate Democrats and picking up nine Republican votes.  But…

Obama’s Gamble

November 20, 2006

Global Governance
Voices of the Next Generation: A Conversation with Ian Bremmer

With the new “Voices of the Next Generation” series, the Council seeks to identify and feature fresh, young voices in the nation’s foreign policy discourse. At the second meeting of the series, Ian B…

October 31, 2019

Elections and Voting
Southern Africa’s Tale of Two Elections: Mozambique and Botswana

Southern Africa recently wrapped up two dramatically different elections. In Mozambique, presidential, parliamentary, and regional elections were characterized by irregularities and even violence, but not by suspense. The ruling FRELIMO party had ensured its victory in the pre-election period, in part through the presence of “ghost voters” on the voters’ roll, and through a campaign of intimidation aimed at challengers to its power.

A woman casts her ballot at Moshupa village, in the Southern District of Botswana, October 23, 2019

September 27, 2019

Election 2020
Foreign Policy Roundup: Treason, Debates, and Progressive Foreign Policy

Each Friday from now until Election Day, I will be looking at what the presidential candidates are saying about foreign policy on the campaign trail. 

President Trump's Republican contenders debate each other in New York on September 24.

September 23, 2019

Argentina
Argentina’s Default Risk: What to Know

With elections approaching, Argentina faces yet another debt crisis.

September 6, 2019

Zimbabwe
Good Riddance to Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe

During his thirty-seven years in power in Zimbabwe, he committed virtually every human rights violation there is. His hands were awash in the blood of Zimbabweans. Fanning and exploiting racial and class differences, he destroyed the country’s economy, once on the cusp of being one of Africa’s most developed, driving out commercial white farmers. By the time he died, Zimbabwe was an international pariah, an economic basket case, and many or most of the country’s most educated and productive citizens had left the country.

Robert Mugabe stands in front of a blurred out, saluting soldier.

May 18, 2012

Labor and Employment
Policy Initiative Spotlight: Gambling Your Way out of Debt

Thirty U.S. states projected budget shortfalls for FY 2013, and the options for bridging these gaps without major cuts to services such as education or transportation are dwindling. Dollars from the …

A row of slot machines. (Courtesy / Flickr)

June 20, 2019

Botswana
Personal Rivalries Overshadow Botswana's Democracy

The feud between current President Mokgweetsi Masisi and his predecessor and former boss, Ian Khama, sometimes reads like highlights of an overwrought soap opera. The latest dramatic turn saw Khama renouncing his membership in the party his revered father helped found, complaining that his legacy was being dismantled, and encouraging others to throw away their BDP membership cards.

Former Botswana President Ian Khama at the Botswana-South Africa Bi-National Commission (BNC) in Pretoria, South Africa, November 11, 2016.

June 14, 2019

Iraq
Where Will Islamic State Detainees End Up?

With the Islamic State’s retreat, thousands of people who left their countries to join the terrorist group are being detained in camps and prisons. Many governments are not willing to take them back…

A woman is pictured at al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria.

June 10, 2019

G20 (Group of Twenty)
The Group of Twenty

The Group of Twenty, an informal gathering of many of the world’s largest economies, is the premier global forum for discussing economic issues. But it faces challenges from U.S. protectionism and th…

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