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September 7, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
Murder and Rape in South Africa

South Africa’s minister of police reports that the country’s murder rate increased by 4.9 percent from March 2015 to March 2016. That is more than fifty people killed every day. Official statistics s…

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July 14, 2016

South Africa
South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius Sentenced to Six Years Imprisonment

The tragedy-as-soap-opera starring Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is over. Or, maybe not. Pistorius, a Paralympian gold medalist who also competed in non-disabled events, was a major media celebrity and…

South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius Sentenced to Six Years Imprisonment

June 27, 2016

Cuba
Bush Gives the Medal of Freedom to a Cuban Hero

In 2007, President George W. Bush awarded the Medal of Freedom in absentia to the Cuban human rights and democracy activist Oscar Elias Biscet. This week, he was able to place the award on Biscet’s s…

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May 9, 2016

Asia
Five Questions About Punjab’s Protection of Women Against Violence Bill

The Five Questions Series is a forum for scholars, government officials, civil society leaders, and foreign policy practitioners to provide timely analysis of new developments related to the advancem…

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May 5, 2016

Global Governance
Global Mexico: From Principles to Interests

On this Cinco de Mayo, raise a toast to “Global Mexico.” After decades of defining its international role with reference to the United States, Mexico is looking further afield. The government of Pres…

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto looks toward U.S. President Barack Obama during their meeting at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2015.

April 14, 2016

Brazil
Brazil’s Impending Hangover

After months of suspense, President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment looks set to proceed in a floor vote in the Chamber of Deputies on Sunday, April 17. At present, impeachment seems more likely than no…

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March 17, 2016

Cuba
Senator Menendez Speaks About the Obama Visit to Cuba

On Thursday, Sen. Robert Menendez (D, NJ) delivered a long and heartfelt statement on the floor of the United States Senate about Pres. Obama’s  forthcoming visit to Cuba. The entire text is copied b…

March 1, 2016

Pakistan
Sartaj Aziz on Pakistan's Foreign and Security Policy

Sartaj Aziz discusses Pakistan’s role in the security and stability of the region and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s policy priorities for U.S.-Pakistan relations.

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January 5, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa, a King, and the Rule of Law

The alarums and excursions over South Africa’s economy and economic policy do not stop. December saw the discreditable episode of President Jacob Zuma’s hiring and firing multiple ministers of financ…

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December 3, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Oscar Pistorius and South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeals

South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court verdict and convicted Oscar Pistorius of murder. The celebrated para-Olympian was initially found guilty of manslaughter in the ki…

Pistorius Murder