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March 8, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
Global Conflict This Week: New Reforms and Transitions in the DRC

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

DRC outgoing President Kabila and his successor Felix Tshisekedi stand during Tshisekedi's inauguration ceremony

February 22, 2019

India
Global Conflict This Week: India-Pakistan Tensions Escalate After Kashmir Attack

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

Demonstrators overturn a car during a protest in Jammu

February 8, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
An Alternative Perspective on the U.S. Decision to Recognize Tshisekedi

In the daily Africa in Transition blog, on February 6, 2019, Ambassador Michelle Gavin, a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Program, harshly criticized the United States government’s policy toward the December 2018 presidential election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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January 14, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
Accountability Lacking in Congo Election Debate

The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s complicated and long-delayed elections ended with a surprise twist. Right now, it appears that Tshisekedi owes his victory to Kabila and the People's Party for Reconstruction and Democracy. That loss of connective tissue to the citizens of the country distorts accountability in ways unlikely to deliver the relief from predatory governance that the Congolese people crave.

Supporters of the runner-up in Democratic Republic of Congo's presidential election, Martin Fayulu hold a sign before a political rally in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, January 11, 2019.

January 9, 2019

Middle East and North Africa
Abbas Celebrates 14th Anniversary of His Four-Year Term

On January 9, 2005—exactly 14 years ago today—Mahmoud Abbas was elected president of the Palestinian Authority. For a four-year term. Today Abbas begins serving the fifteenth year of his four-year…

July 24, 2017

Sanctions
Have Sanctions Become the Swiss Army Knife of U.S. Foreign Policy?

The Congress takes an important, positive step to reinforce Russian sanctions, but are we at risk of overusing the sanctions tool? Senate and House negotiators have reached agreement on a bill tha…

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December 7, 2018

Mexico
Global Conflict This Week: Mexico's New Security Plan

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

AMLO gestures during inauguration ceremony

October 26, 2018

Europe
Renewable Energy, Russian Natural Gas and the Lesson of January 2006

The problem with the “energy weapon” is that it is notorious for backfiring. That fact couldn’t have rung truer than this week when it was reported that Germany, a major natural gas importer in Europ…

The LNG tanker "Clean Ocean" is pictured during the first U.S. delivery of liquefied natural gas to LNG terminal in Swinoujscie, Poland June 8, 2017.

May 7, 2017

France
French Elections and the Remaining Populist Challenge

Emmanuel Macron received a strong endorsement from French voters in yesterday’s second round election, winning around 66 percent of the vote.  While abstentions were up from the last election (an est…

May 1, 2017

United Kingdom
Brexit: Now for the Hard Part

The weekend’s European Union (EU) Summit provided little love for UK prime minister Theresa May. Leaders approved a tough opening position in the upcoming Brexit negotiations, and warned against “com…