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March 15, 2018

Russia
Are Cold War Spy-Craft Norms Fading?

The poisoning of former double agent Sergei V. Skripal in the UK indicates that Russia may have abandoned some unspoken rules of espionage. CIA veteran Jack Devine examines the history and current state of spy-craft.

UK Skripal Poisoning Crime Scene

March 15, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa's Billionaires

Sub-Saharan Africa Has Fourteen Billionaires, eight of whom are in South Africa and seven of whom are white.

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January 26, 2018

United States
Ten Facts About the State of the Union Address

President Donald Trump is set to deliver his first official State of the Union address Tuesday night at 9 p.m. The White House has not revealed the details of the speech yet, but it will likely hit m…

Trump State of the Union

August 2, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Germany's 1904 Genocide in Namibia

In what is often called the twentieth century’s first genocide, the German colonial authorities, from 1904 to 1906, set out systematically to exterminate two ethnic groups, the Herero and the Nama, f…

Human skull from Namibia Genocide

March 11, 2016

Americas
This Week in Markets and Democracy: Nike’s Bribes in Kenya, Elections in Benin and Niger, and Women’s Anticorruption Role

Nike Bribes, Will the United States Prosecute? Bank records and emails show Nike paid a $500,000 “commitment bonus” to Kenya’s athletics federation, and hundreds of thousands more in “honoraria.” Th…

A policeman is seen outside the gates of Riadha House the Athletic Kenya (AK) Headquarters during a protest in capital Nairobi November 23, 2015. Dozens of Kenyan athletes stormed the athletics federation headquarters in Nairobi on Monday, locking out officials and demanding that top Athletics Kenya (AK) bosses step down following allegations of graft and doping cover-ups (Reuters/Noor Khamis).

February 4, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
New From CFR: John Campbell on South Africa’s ’Patriotic Bourgeoisie’

On his blog today, CFR senior fellow John Campbell discusses Patrice Motsepe, South Africa’s wealthiest black citizen, who recently pledged half his $2.65 billion fortune to charity. Motsepe, Campbel…

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January 14, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
Some Good News From South Africa

It is unduly gloomy in sunny South Africa. The national currency, the rand, is falling; the economy is hardly growing at all; the Zuma administration appears mired in corruption and mismanagement. Th…

Cape Town Sunrise

August 13, 2015

China
Putin’s Russia and Africa

This is a guest post by Eugene Steinberg, an assistant editor at the Council on Foreign Relations. From 1961 to 1992, one of Moscow’s most prestigious schools bore the name of Patrice Lumumba, the S…

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March 27, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Really, Really Rich People in Africa

According to Forbes, the first African ever has entered into the “top 25” of the world’s billionaires. He is Aliko Dangote, number 23. Forbes says that his net worth is now U.S. $25 billion up from $…

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February 4, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
South African Black Billionaire and the “Patriotic Bourgeoisie”

On January 30, 2013, Patrice Motsepe pledged to give half of the income generated by his family assets to charity. The ruling African National Congress (ANC) issued a press release congratulating Mot…

Patrice Motsepe, Executive Chairman, African Rainbow Minerals, South Africa, attends a session at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos January 30, 2009.