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October 3, 2017

Nigeria
The Distorted Memory of Biafra

This past Sunday’s edition of the New York Times ran a story about the revival of the Latin Mass among Roman Catholics in southeastern Nigeria, the region that was once the breakaway state of Biafra…

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August 24, 2017

Gender
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 August 15 to August 25, was compiled with…

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July 5, 2017

Egypt
Egypt’s Leader Faces a Crisis of His Own Making—One That Reveals His Nation’s Dangerous Weakness

Two obscure islands that many Egyptians didn't even know about suddenly threaten President Sisi's regime.

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June 23, 2017

U.S. Foreign Policy
You Might Have Missed: Academic Journals VI

This is the sixth blog post in this series. The previous five were published in February, July, and October 2015, and January and May 2016, and highlight earlier academic findings. This post was coau…

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June 19, 2017

Global
What’s Worth Reading This Summer?

CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I recorded our annual summer reading episode of CFR’s “The World Next Week” podcast last week. Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, senior fellow for Women and Foreign Policy and best…

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December 23, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
A ‘White’ Homeland in South Africa

South Africa is a notoriously divided nation. There are eleven legal languages and four races with degrees of legal recognition (Indian/Asian, Black, Coloured, and White). Though Black Africans are a…

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November 30, 2016

International Organizations
Ending War in South Sudan: A New Approach

Sarah Collman is a research associate in the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations. On December 15, South Sudan will have been at civil war for three years. In 2013, jus…

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September 20, 2016

International Organizations
Obama’s UN Address: An Enlightened Man in an Unreasonable World

President Barack Obama used his eighth and final address to the UN General Assembly to share his noble vision of a world order in which equality, liberty, and unity trump injustice, oppression, and d…

U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York September 20, 2016 (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters).

May 5, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
What Is New About Sectarian Fighting in Nigeria’s Middle Belt

Sectarian conflict in Nigeria’s Middle Belt is attracting more attention both at home and abroad. Typically, conflict involves Muslim Fulani herdsmen clashing with Christian Barome (or other small tr…

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