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September 13, 2017

Germany
The German Federal Election: Will Angela Merkel Stand Her Ground?

Experts analyze the September 24 German federal election, Angela Merkel's fight to win a fourth term as chancellor, and the implications for Germany's relations with the European Union and the United…

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May 20, 2017

United States
Ten More Vietnam War Movies

Two years ago I posted my picks for the "Top Ten Vietnam War Movies." As I noted earlier this month, whenever you post a list you are inviting people to point out what you missed. Since today is the …

Quiet American Set

April 18, 2017

Politics and Government
No Confidence Vote Postponed in South Africa

Speaker of the South African National Assembly Baleka Mbete has postponed the date for a vote of no confidence in the government of Jacob Zuma from April 18 to early May. The delay was caused by the …

Zuma Parliament

April 13, 2017

Russia
Responding to Russia

Experts explore policy options for the United States and Europe, including the possibility of a Western reset with Russia and the efficacy of sanctions.

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February 8, 2017

South Africa
Jacob Zuma and the State of the South African Nation

On February 9, President Jacob Zuma will deliver South Africa’s annual State of the Nation speech in parliament. The substance of the speech is likely to be a mixture of policy stability with calls f…

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October 21, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa’s Possible Withdraw from the International Criminal Court

South Africa’s Jacob Zuma administration’s notice to the United Nations of its intention to withdraw from the International criminal Court (ICC) has been received with consternation by civil society …

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September 19, 2016

United States
Nuclear Modernization: Is the United States Headed for a New Arms Race?

Experts discuss U.S. policy towards nuclear modernization, the costs and benefits of developing a new generation of nuclear weapons, and the effects on the balance of power among nuclear states.

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June 7, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa’s Land "Expropriation Bill"

There is less than meets the eye to the South African parliament’s passage at the end of May of a land reform bill, called the “Expropriation Bill.” Ostensibly, the new legislation has some similarit…

Islamist Terrorism in SA

March 8, 2016

Elections and Voting
Africa’s Leadership

It is no secret that bad leadership at the top has long been a brake on the economic, political, and social development of certain African countries. Many years the Mo Ibrahim Prize for leadership by…

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