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July 25, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Unrest in Senegal

Opposition supporters attend a rally in Senegal's capital Dakar, July 23, 2011. (Finbar O'Reilly/Courtesy Reuters) Kate Collins, a special assistant here at CFR, has written about the recent…

Opposition supporters attend a rally in Senegal’s capital Dakar, July 23, 2011. (Finbar O’Reilly/Courtesy Reuters)

October 14, 2011

Defense and Security
Guest Post: Did Obama Make the Right Call on Kony?

The leader of Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army Joseph Kony (center), surrounded by his officers, addresses his first news conference in twenty years of rebellion on August 1, 2006. (Adam Ple…

The leader of Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army rebels Joseph Kony (seated C), surrounded by his officers, addresses his first news conference in 20 years of rebellion in Nabanga, Sudan, August 1, 2006 where he called on a ceasefire with the government as a prelude to peace talks. BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE REUTERS/Adam Pletts (SUDAN)

December 29, 2011

Guest Post: Kate Collins on Five Hot Spots to Watch in Africa in 2012

Children show burnt election ballots outside a polling station in Kinshasa on November 29, 2011. (Emmanuel Braun/courtesy Reuters) In recent months, the news out of sub-Saharan Africa has often been…

Children show burnt election ballots outside a polling station at Matete district in Kinshasa November 29, 2011. The African Union urged candidates in Democratic Republic of Congo’s elections on Wednesday to accept the outcome of this week’s polls, saying they were well managed despite technical problems and violence. REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun

May 9, 2012

United States
A Primer on Military Force

As I’ve written previously, policymakers and pundits have some pretty silly proposals for the use of military force. Whether it’s President Clinton,“[It would] scare the shit out of al Qaeda if sudde…

Army tanks

March 27, 2013

South Korea’s Nuclear Debate and the Credibility of U.S. Extended Deterrence

North Korea’s third nuclear test last month unleashed an active South Korean debate on nuclear weapons acquisition along with calls for the reintroduction of U.S. tactical nuclear weapons to deter an…


August 15, 2013

The World Next Week: Egyptian Military Crushes Protests, Japan and Russia Discuss Kuril Islands Dispute, and Al-Jazeera America Debuts

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed Egypt’s continuing turmoil, the territorial dispute between Japan and Russia, and the debut of al-Jazeera America. [audio: http://www.c…

Military police stand outside the Rabaa Adawiya mosque in Cairo on August 15 (Mohamed Abd El Ghany/ Courtesy Reuters).

September 13, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
South African Education System the "Worst in Africa?"

Apartheid-era Foreign Minister Pik Botha, known for his bluster, recently set the cat among the pigeons by saying that South Africa’s education system is “the worst in Africa.” He went on to say that…

A child runs past a mural at a township school as the school prepares to wish former President Nelson Mandela happy birthday in Atteridgeville near Pretoria, July 18, 2013.

November 22, 2013

Defense and Security
You Might Have Missed: Afghanistan, Threat Deflation, and Signature Strikes

“The Uses of Force,” Economist, November 23, 2013. “It’s too easy to use force,” says Admiral Mike Mullen, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “It’s almost the first choice.” “Securit…

Pakistan Drone Strike

May 29, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Negotiating Democracy in Malawi

This is a guest post by Kate Collins, Associate Director, Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, who lived and worked in Malawi in 2012-2013.  Malawi is currently witnessing a political drama …

Malawi President

February 13, 2015

Friday Asia Update: Top Five Stories for the Week of February 13, 2015

Ashlyn Anderson, Lauren Dickey, Darcie Draudt, William Piekos, Ariella Rotenberg, and Sharone Tobias look at the top stories in Asia today. 1. After nearly a year of president’s rule, the Aam Aadmi …

Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party (AAP) chief and its chief ministerial candidate for Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal (center), waves to his supporters in New Delhi on February 10, 2015 (Adnan Abidi/Courtesy Reuters).