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September 14, 2018

International Criminal Court
Dubious Claims of Common Cause Between Bolton and African Critics of ICC

Earlier this week, President Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton delivered a blistering attack on the International Criminal Court, or ICC, long a scourge of his and his audience at the Federalist Society.

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July 19, 2012

Egypt
Tales of Omar Suleiman

This article was originally published here on ForeignPolicy.com on Thursday, July 19.  "I am responsible for the stability of Egypt," Lt. Gen. Omar Suleiman said, his voice rising as his large fist …

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July 24, 2018

South Sudan
Political Splintering at the Root of Failing South Sudanese Peace Deals

On June 27, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar met in person for the first time in two years and agreed to a ceasefire to end the civil war, now in its fifth year. Dubbed the Khartoum Declaration, this latest ceasefire may initially appear to be a victory, but violence resumed mere hours after it went into effect.

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April 12, 2012

Egypt
Egypt: The Omar Theories

It is fair to say that Omar Suleiman’s bid to be Egypt’s next president is one of the most unexpected developments in post-Mubarak Egypt.  The last time anyone had seen or heard from Suleiman, he app…

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July 17, 2015

Egypt
Weekend Reading: Remembering Omar Sharif

Randa Ali from Al-Ahram remembers legendary Egyptian actor Omar Sharif. Magdi Abdelhadi laments Omar Sharif’s death as a reminder of a bygone era of Egyptian culture. Watch this 2004 interview with…

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April 13, 2018

China
China’s Strategy in Djibouti: Mixing Commercial and Military Interests

With the opening of the first overseas Chinese military base in Djibouti, this tiny Horn of Africa country has become a testing ground for the mixing of China's commercial and military interests abro…

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September 3, 2015

China
Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir in China

Omar al-Bashir is in China to observe a huge military parade commemorating the end of World War II. He is under indictment by the International Criminal Court for war crimes, which has issued warrant…

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir arrives for the extraordinary session of the African Union's Assembly of Heads of State and Government on the case of African Relationship with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, October 12, 2013. (Tiksa Negeri/Courtesy Reuters)

October 3, 2013

International Organizations
President Omar al-Bashir’s Crumbling Foundation

This is a guest post by Aala Abdelgadir. Aala is a research associate for the Council on Foreign Relation’s Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative. On September 22, Sudan’s government anno…

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December 28, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’ Syndrome

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state, but civil society and regional blocs may be slowing the trend of extending presidential terms in some areas.

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December 28, 2017

United States
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2017

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2017 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…

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