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February 13, 2018

South Africa
Jacob Zuma’s Undoing

The scandal-plagued leader’s removal could set the party of Nelson Mandela on a path toward reestablishing South Africa as a role model for the rest of the continent.

South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (left) and President Jacob Zuma stand at the opening of Parliament in Cape Town.

November 29, 2017

Zimbabwe
Robert Mugabe: Icon and Kleptocrat

Zimbabwe’s founding father, Robert Mugabe, ushered his country into independence, then established a tyrannical regime and presided over the destruction of the economy. He was ousted in a November pa…

Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe president

November 3, 2017

Kenya
What Went Wrong With Kenya’s Elections?

President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga’s impasse over the 2017 election has cast a shadow on Kenya’s future.

Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

January 17, 2018

Israel
Is Israel’s International Isolation Diminishing?

Votes against Israel at the United Nations over the decades seem to indicate it is a pariah nation, but the country’s expanding bilateral ties tell a different story.

Adnan Abidi/Reuters

August 21, 2017

Kenya
Uneasy Stalemate in Postelection Kenya

The opposition leader’s challenge to incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta’s election victory risks undermining democracy in East Africa’s economic hub.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga greets supporters after a rally in Nairobi, Kenya.

December 20, 2017

Global Governance
Desperately Seeking Sherpas: Ten Global Summits to Watch in 2018

The Trump administration’s approach to ten critical global summits in the year ahead will show whether its pullback from multilateralism in 2017 was an aberration or the start of a new normal.

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

December 18, 2017

United States
Trump Security Strategy a Study in Contrasts

The president’s first national security strategy eloquently sums up the U.S. role in the world and what should be done to defend it, but much of the document is at odds with what the president himsel…

Trump introduces his administration's first national security strategy.

December 10, 2010

Somalia
Smarter Measures in Fight against Piracy

Somali pirates have been resilient against efforts to stop them, but a new approach that includes legal measures, controlling financial flows, building regional capacity and more could be the combina…

September 7, 2010

Climate Change
The Coming Conflicts of Climate Change

Pakistan’s floods could presage a series of troubling natural disasters of direct concern to U.S. national security interests. Planning for them now is essential, writes CFR’s Michael L. Baker.

June 18, 2010

Defense and Security
Building African Partnerships to Defeat Piracy

A global naval coalition has failed to halt Somali-based piracy. More effective would be a broader approach to maritime policing that integrates African authorities, writes CFR’s Michael L. Baker.