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June 8, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Lord's Resistance Army Persists

African Union (AU) Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat announced that the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has abducted over seven hundred people and displaced hundreds more in 2017. In February, it …

Lord's Resistance Army Caesar Achellam

May 19, 2017

Maternal and Child Health
Women Around the World: This Week

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, covering May 14 to May 19, was compiled with suppo…

Maternity Hospital, Abidjan, Ivory Coast

March 22, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Future of Islamic State Operations in Africa

As the self-proclaimed Islamic State loses ground in Syria and Iraq, there is increasing concern that it will gradually shift its operations to Africa. Indeed, in late 2016, Islamic State leader Abu …

Libya ISIS

December 29, 2016

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The Misplaced Optimism of the Two-State Solution

Although Secretary of State John Kerry billed his speech on the Palestinian-Israeli peace process as a last-ditch effort to save the two-state solution, he actually outlined precisely why such an out…

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December 7, 2016

Philippines
Philippine Politics Become Even More Dangerous

Since the election, last spring, of President Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines has witnessed the effects of increasingly demagogic politics on its culture and institutions. While Duterte has won prai…

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November 30, 2016

United States
The Dollar Trumps Carrier

Here is a bit of ballpark math. Carrier has announced it will keep open a factory in Indiana, retaining around 1,000 jobs. Since the election, the broad dollar has appreciated by about 4%, presumab…

November 18, 2016

International Organizations
Kabila’s Repression: A Consequence of UN Inaction

Susanna Kalaris an intern in the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations. As Americans flocked to polling stations on November 8, United Nations peacekeepers in the Democr…

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November 4, 2016

China
This Week in Markets and Democracy: Zuma’s Corruption Woes, DRC Sanctions, Afrobarometer Report

Report May Bring Down South Africa’s President New allegations may finally bring down teflon president Jacob Zuma. Despite his earlier legal protests, South Africa’s public protector’s office relea…

DATE IMPORTED:November 02, 2016Protestors call for the removal of President Jacob Zuma outside court in Pretoria, South Africa, November 2, 2016 (Reuters/Mike Hutchings).

August 3, 2016

United States
Revisiting President Reagan’s Iran Arms-for-Hostages Initiative

The Wall Street Journal published an important story about the Obama administration’s decision in January to ship $400 million, which was first converted into Swiss and Dutch currencies, to Iran on b…

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August 2, 2016

Politics and Government
The Kimani Murders and the Future of Police Accountability in Kenya

This is a guest post by Claire Wilmot, a former intern for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Program. She is a master of global affairs graduate from the University of Toronto, where she curren…

Kenya Police