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April 18, 2019

South Africa
South Africa's DA Receives High Marks for Municipal Governance

In the run-up to South Africa’s national elections, the Democratic Alliance (DA) will receive a boost from the Good Governance Africa’s annual Government Performance Index. Good Governance Africa is …

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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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August 15, 2019

China
Fossil Fuel Free: A Plan to Phase Out China’s ICEVs

This is a guest post by Lucy Best and Michael Collins, research associates for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. The Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation (iCET), a leadi…

Cars drive on the road during the morning rush hour in Beijing, China, July 2, 2019.

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

August 9, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: August 9, 2019

Russian hackers compromise IoT devices; 8chan knocked offline following El Paso tragedy; North Korea has stolen over $2 billion in cyberattacks; cyber espionage group pilfers files from Venezuelan mi…

A student attends a hackers competition in Seoul.

August 1, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: India Criminalizes Instant Divorce

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 July 22 to August 1, was compiled by Alex…

Muslim brides wait for the start of their mass marriage ceremony in Mumbai, India. May 11, 2014.

July 30, 2019

United States
Election 2020: Jay Inslee, Democratic Presidential Candidate

The two dozen candidates competing for the Democratic presidential nomination are all hoping to get to Washington. But so far no U.S. president has come from Washington. Governor Jay Inslee hopes to …

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July 29, 2019

United States
Election 2020: John Hickenlooper, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Political strategists often ask whether a presidential candidate is someone a voter would want to have a beer with. In the case of former Governor of Colorado John Hickenlooper, they have a candidate…

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July 23, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
Absent More International Support, Ebola Will Continue to Spread Beyond Congo

Disease outbreaks in states with weak governance and high rates of poverty often spread to other countries. With respect to eastern Congo’s Ebola outbreak, they highlight the fact that the disease has spread out of eastern Congo to the border with Rwanda and into Uganda. The World Health Organization has designated the outbreak as a “public health emergency of international concern.” 

Congolese health workers sit at a long table.

July 17, 2019

Space
The Moon Landing Anniversary Confronts America With a Fateful Choice

Fifty years after the Apollo 11 moon landing, U.S. policymakers face the choice of whether to put humanity on a trajectory of peaceful cooperation or dangerous militarization in space. 

 Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot of the first lunar landing mission, poses for a photograph beside the deployed U.S. flag on the lunar surface.