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December 4, 2018

South Africa
Mandela Anniversaries Marked by Star-Studded Global Citizen Fundraiser

At the huge FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on December 2, more than one hundred thousand people participated in the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, sponsored by the Motsepe Foundation. The event raised some $7 billion in commitments for the relief of poverty across the African continent, from big corporations, governments, and small donors. Performers included Beyonce, Jay-Z, and Usher, and speakers included a variety of South African political, economic, and traditional leaders, as well as Mandela’s family. In the audience was Oprah, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, and numerous other heads of state. The event was hosted by South African comedian Trevor Noah.

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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

September 6, 2018

Cybersecurity
Why Cyber Conflict as an Academic Discipline Struggles to Make Its Mark in Political Science

It is easy to draw analogies between early nuclear scholarship and its cyber counterpart. However, three factors make scholarly research about cyber conflict a significantly more challenging task.

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February 12, 2019

United States
Campaign 2020: Andrew Yang, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Chances are you haven’t heard of Andrew Yang even though he’s been running for president for more than a year now. By any objective standard, he is the longest of long shots. He has never held politi…

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February 11, 2019

Iran
Will Khomeini’s Anti-American Vision Endure?

Since the shah’s ouster in February 1979, Iran’s Islamic regime has been propelled by Ayatollah Khomeini’s revolutionary vision and underpinned by its animus toward the United States.

Iranians mark the fortieth anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.

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 7, 2019

Tanzania
Lessons from Tanzania’s Authoritarian Turn

The alarming reports out of Tanzania have become commonplace. Current Tanzanian President John Magufuli, who swept into office on a popular anti-corruption platform, has been presiding over a shocking decline in political and civil rights in the country. Civil society leaders, opposition politicians, journalists, and businesspeople feel unsafe on their own soil—and with good reason.

Tanzania's President John Magufuli leaves after inspecting a guard of honour during his official visit to Nairobi, Kenya.

January 31, 2019

Turkey
Why the New York Knicks Keep Dunking on Erdogan

The 7-foot center Enes Kanter has become a symbol of Turkey's never-ending purge—and a potential assassination target.

New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) dunks the ball over Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) during the first half at TD Garden

January 24, 2019

Venezuela
Venezuela: The Rise and Fall of a Petrostate

Venezuela’s descent into economic and political chaos in recent years is a cautionary tale of the dangerous influence that resource wealth can have on developing countries.

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January 22, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Women March Worldwide

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 January 12 to January 19, was compiled wi…

Participants listen to speakers outside City Hall during the Women's March in Toronto.