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February 24, 2020

Iran
Have the Latest Elections Strengthened Iran’s Hard-Liners?

A sweeping win in parliamentary elections helps Iranian conservatives in a time of mounting tensions with Washington, but record-low turnout signals fading public support for Iran’s hard-liners.

February 24, 2020

Elections and Voting
Move Slow and Break Nothing

The Iowa Democratic Party's use of a mobile app to report votes turned its caucus into a debacle. To prevent this from happening again, the U.S. government needs to set rigorous standards for electio…

A sign is seen on a caucus doorway in Kellogg., Iowa, U.S.

February 24, 2020

Trade
NAFTA and the USMCA: Weighing the Impact of North American Trade

President Trump has reached a deal with Canada and Mexico to restructure the North American Free Trade Agreement, hoping a new trilateral accord will reinvigorate the U.S. manufacturing sector.  

Mexican commercial trucks cross into the United States.

February 21, 2020

Kenya
What Would a U.S.-Kenya Trade Deal Mean?

The Trump administration hopes that a free trade agreement with Nairobi will be a counterweight to Beijing’s growing role across Africa and a model for bilateral deals with others on the continent.

February 20, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
Secretary of State Pompeo Completes Trip to Africa

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently completed his first trip to Africa in his current role in the Trump administration. Over three days, he visited Dakar in Senegal, Luanda in Angola, and Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, where he also visited the head of the African Union. During the trip, Secretary Pompeo advocated for a stronger U.S.-Africa relationship amidst China’s growing role on the continent. 

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a dark suit with a red tie, walks with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, in a navy suit with a red tie, walks down white marble stairs with a red carpet at the Prime Minister office after a meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. They are followed by two men in suits, and flanked by two armed Ethiopian guards in red berets and military fatigues.

February 20, 2020

Digital Policy
At Facebook, One Million Takedowns Per Day Is Evidence of Failure, Not Success

Facebook removes more than one million fake accounts every day. To address the alarming trend of fake accounts on the platform, Facebook should introduce identity validation for all users to ensure t…

People are silhouetted as they pose with mobile devices in front of a screen projected with a Facebook logo

February 19, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
The Arab League

Founded as a loose confederation of states in 1945, the Arab League has struggled to overcome dysfunction and disunity among its members.

Flag of Arab League member states accompany the league's seal

February 19, 2020

Yemen
Yemen in Crisis

Yemen’s mounting internal divisions and a Saudi-led military intervention have spawned an escalating political, military, and humanitarian crisis.

Five Houthis ride atop a military vehicle.

July 17, 2018

South Africa
Mandela’s Centenary Is Marked by the Rise of Close Friend Ramaphosa

Cyril Ramaphosa, president of South Africa since January, was a close colleague of Nelson Mandela and regularly associates himself with the Mandela legacy and seeks to restore the late president’s values as South Africa’s lodestar.

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February 12, 2020

Technology and Innovation
The Dangers of Manipulated Media in the Midst of a Crisis

While social media companies have made some efforts to address manipulated media—photos, video, or audio that have been edited, distorted, or misappropriated—more needs to be done. Social media compa…

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) rips up U.S. President Donald Trump's speech alongside Vice President Mike Pence following the State of the Union address.