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December 30, 2013

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Remembering Ten World Figures Who Died in 2013

Last Thursday, I wrote about ten Americans who died in 2013 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy through their vision, service, intellect, or courage. Below are ten world figures who died in 2013. Ea…

The sun sets over Clifton Beach in Cape Town, South Africa. (Mike Hutchings/Courtesy Reuters)

December 1, 2015

Ten Historical Anniversaries of Note in 2016

Anniversaries are how we mark the passage time of time, celebrate our triumphs, and honor our losses. Two thousand and fifteen witnessed several significant historical anniversaries: the octocentenni…


June 15, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
Remarks on Morning in South Africa

The following text is the entirety of John Campbell’s speech delivered as part of the Department of State’s Ralph J Bunche Library Series, on June 8, 2016.  From a certain perspective, South Africa …

Table Mountain

March 7, 2016

Global Governance
Headed South: Jacob Zuma Leads South Africa toward the Precipice

—Johannesburg, March 6 South Africa is in the grips of its most serious economic and political crisis since 1994, when the country elected its first post-apartheid government under Nelson Mandela. T…

Protesters carry placards as they take part in a "Zuma must fall" demonstration in Pretoria, South Africa, on December 16, 2015.

November 20, 2015

Political Transitions
Guest Post: Obama, Don’t Cross the Rubicon in Syria

Bogdan Belei is an intern in the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations. On his way to Rome in 49 BCE, Julius Caesar paused before crossing the Rubicon. With only a single …


August 3, 2011

Politics and Government
Jacob Zuma’s Political Challenges

British Prime Minister David Cameron talks with South African President Jacob Zuma (R) as they attend a media conference in Pretoria in this handout picture, July 18, 2011. (Ho New/Courtesy Reuters) …

Jacob Zuma’s Political Challenges

October 31, 2011

Politics and Government
Lindiwe Mazibuko and South Africa’s Democractic Alliance

A woman walks past election posters of the African National Congress (ANC) and the official opposition party Democratic Alliance (DA) in Soweto May 9, 2011. (Siphiwe Sibeko/Courtesy Reuters) The Dem…

Lindiwe Mazibuko and South Africa’s Democractic Alliance

September 6, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa: Another Political Challenge for Jacob Zuma

Helen Zille, leader of South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance party, addresses an election rally in Mitchell's Plain township near Cape Town, April 18, 2009. (STR New/Courtesy Reuter…

South Africa: Another Political Challenge for Jacob Zuma

October 5, 2011

Zuma Government Blocks Dalai Lama’s Visit to South Africa

Archbishop Desmond Tutu speaks to supporters at a pro-Tibet rally in San Francisco, California April 8, 2008. (Robert Galbraith/Courtesy Reuters) On October 4, the Dalai Lama canceled a planned visi…

Zuma Government Blocks Dalai Lama’s Visit to South Africa

September 12, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Black and White Income Inequality in South Africa and the United States

South Africa is notorious for having gross income inequality. Its GINI coefficient–a standard for measuring income inequality–is one of the highest in the world. The World Bank computed it at 63.1 in…

SA Poverty