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October 13, 2021

Latin America
EU's Top Diplomat Ignores His Staff and Insists on Observing Venezuela's Elections

EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Borrell will send an election observer mission to Venezuela despite his own staff's scathing report on conditions there and advice not do observe the phony e…

March 19, 2021

Niger
Niger's Mahamadou Issoufou Awarded Mo Ibrahim Prize for Excellence in African Leadership

Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou, set to step down after two terms as president, was last week awarded the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.

A picture of Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou speaking before the UN General Assembly.

April 15, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
How Erdogan Got His Groove Back

It’s been a difficult and dizzying few months for Turkey—which is just the way the president likes it.

October 8, 2021

Indonesia
Jokowi and the Missed Promises: Part 1

Joko Widodo has failed to fulfill his potential as Indonesia's leader.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, wearing traditional Baduy outfit and a protective mask, stands before delivering his State of the Nation Address ahead of the country's Independence Day,

October 5, 2021

Japan
The Road Ahead for Japan’s New Prime Minister

Fumio Kishida won his party’s leadership election and yesterday Japan’s parliament voted him in as prime minister of Japan. 

Fumio Kishida, Japan's prime minister, speaks during a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, October 4, 2021

September 20, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Netanyahu Is Gone. Netanyahu-ism Still Reigns.

When it comes to policies Washington cares about, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his predecessor are practically the same.

Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett looks at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a visit to an Israeli army base in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, November 24, 2019.

April 21, 2021

U.S. Trade Deficit
Tariffs and the Trade Balance: How Trump Validated His Critics

  Before Donald Trump became president in 2017, Americans paid tariffs on just two percent of their imported goods. The average tariff rate was 1.7 percent. In 2018, however, Trump launched…

Tariffs and the Trade Balance: How Trump Validated His Critics

October 19, 2021

U.S. Foreign Policy
CFR Fellows' Book Launch Series With Martin Indyk

Martin Indyk discusses his new book, Master of the Game: Henry Kissinger and the Art of Middle East Diplomacy. A perceptive and provocative history of Henry Kissinger’s diplomatic negotiations in the…

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December 10, 2020

Climate Change
Biden’s Climate Change Policy: Why His Special Envoy Role Matters

President-Elect Joe Biden’s appointment of John Kerry to a newly created climate envoy position shows that he is committed to returning the United States to its status as a global leader on climate change.

September 3, 2020

South Africa
South Africa's Ramaphosa Tackles Corruption and Strengthens His Hand

South Africa's African National Congress' National Executive Council, led by Cyril Ramaphosa, appears to have taken meaningful steps against corruption while at the same time strengthening the president's position within the party.   

African man, South Africa's president Cyril Ramaphosa, waves and smiles. He is wearing a black suit, white shirt, and red tie.