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June 18, 2019

Politics and Government
Defense and Emerging Technology: A Conversation with Senator Joni Ernst

Senator Ernst discusses the importance of advancing U.S. defense technology to counter the emerging capabilities of China and Russia, and how threats resulting from advanced technology are influencin…

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July 17, 2020

Wars and Conflict
Five Foreign-Policy Comedies Worth Watching

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: comedy movies.

Movie posters clockwise from the top left: To Be or Not to Be/Rotten Tomatoes; Ninotchka/IMDB; Good Morning, Vietnam/Amazon; Stripes/TV Guide; Three Kings/Rotten Tomatoes; The Death of Stalin/Amazon.

August 27, 2019

South Africa
One More Step in Dismantling Apartheid's Legacy

On August 21, South Africa’s Equality Court ruled that gratuitous displays of the Apartheid-era flag counted as hate speech and discrimination. Confronting history head on, Judge Phineas Mojapelo wrote in his ruling that the flag represents “a vivid symbol of white supremacy and black disenfranchisement and suppression,” and flying it, “besides being racist and discriminatory, demonstrates a clear intention to be hurtful.” 

South Africa's apartheid-era flag flutters in front of three black police officers.

February 4, 2019

Election 2020
Meet John Delaney, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Update: John Delaney announced on January 31, 2020, that he was ending his campaign. Someone had to be first. When it comes to the 2020 presidential campaign, that person is John Delaney. He’s cer…

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November 14, 2018

Economics
U.S. Economic Security and the Future of Work

Council on Foreign Relations 11/14 Academic Conference Call on U.S. economic security and the future of the American workforce.

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June 12, 2018

South Africa
U.S. and Foreign Governments Should Be Skeptical of AfriForum's Lobbying

AfriForum, a self-described Afrikaner rights group, has positioned itself as an especially vocal critic of land expropriation, which the group views as an existential threat to white South Africans. In their campaign against expropriation without compensation, AfriForum has launched appeals abroad, raising the specter of the murder of white farmers and stoking fears of “white genocide” among American, European, and Australian leaders and media outlets. 

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November 29, 2017

China
To Make China’s Female Entrepreneurs Count, Let’s Go Beyond Just Counting Them

Natalie Au is an intern for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. This week, the eighth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit began in Hyderabad, India, focusing on the theme of “Women…

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June 30, 2017

Philippines
Duterte’s Misguided Southern Strategy

As the battle for Marawi, a major city of some 200,000 in the southern Philippines, has dragged on for weeks, it has begun to raise global concern. The conflict pits fighters who have pledged allegia…

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May 10, 2017

Russia
Will FBI Sacking Affect National Security?

The dismissal of FBI Director James Comey raises concerns about the government’s ability to investigate Russian meddling in U.S. elections, and the broader national security role of the agency, says …

March 10, 2017

Puerto Rico
Getting Puerto Rico’s Fiscal Baseline Right

Developments in Puerto Rico are accelerating. The long-run fiscal plan is really a critical component of PROMESA—as it is intended to be a guide both for Puerto Rico’s annual budget and for any debt …