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August 28, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
Ambassador Princeton Lyman, Giant of U.S.-Africa Policy, Passes Away

Ambassador Princeton Lyman passed away last week at the age of eighty-two. A true giant of U.S.-Africa relations, he had a long and extraordinary career as a diplomat and scholar, serving as the United States’ ambassador in Nigeria and South Africa, as the assistant secretary of state for Africa, and as the U.S. special envoy to Sudan, among other posts.

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June 5, 2019

Diplomacy and International Institutions
The NBA's New Africa League Builds on Strong Foundation

In February, the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced that it would set up a twelve-team-league, Basketball Africa. Slated to begin in 2020, it would be the first time that the NBA helped operate a league outside of the United States and Canada. The league would be in partnership with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), and would build on FIBA’s Africa League.

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May 30, 2019

South Africa
Ramaphosa Inaugurated in South Africa, U.S. Sends Delegation

At a rugby stadium in Pretoria on May 25, Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in as South Africa’s fourth democratically elected president since 1994. The U.S. presidential delegation to the inauguration was headed by Kimberly A. Reed, the president of the Export-Import Bank.

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May 29, 2019

Nigeria
Strapped for Cash, Nigeria Plans to Close Some Embassies

Nigeria, the “Giant of Africa,” has a long history of diplomatic leadership. It was one of the founders of the African Union and of the Economic Community of West African States. It regularly occupie…

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December 18, 2016

United States
The Next Ambassador to Israel

President-Elect Trump’s choice of David M. Friedman as his ambassador to Israel has occasioned both appropriate news coverage, and a barrage of nasty, ignorant, politically biased comments. Most o…

May 21, 2019

Southeast Asia
Anand Panyarachun and The Making of Modern Thailand: A Review

By Petra Desatova Anand Panyarachun, the former prime minister of Thailand and a long-time central figure in Thai politics, belongs to an old generation of Thai technocrats, who shaped Thailand’s …

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May 9, 2019

Sudan
The Roots of Sudan's Upheaval

While the Sudanese military expelled President Omar al-Bashir from office, the people of Sudan are ultimately responsible for toppling his regime, and the leaders of the protest movement have promised not to let up until civilian rule is secured. They well know that any persistence of military control represents a continuation of the Bashir regime, and in particular, the Arabic-speaking population’s monopoly of power.

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January 18, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
Former U.S. Ambassadors to Africa Protest President Trump’s Remarks

Seventy-eight former U.S. ambassadors to African countries (including me) have signed a public letter to the president asking him to "reassess" his views on Africa and its citizens.

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April 24, 2019

Venezuela
Trump’s Misguided Policies Are a Gift to Venezuela’s Maduro

Punishing allies won’t help to rally international support for the restoration of democracy.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about the crisis in Venezuela during a visit to Florida International University in Miami, Florida, U.S., February 18, 2019.

April 17, 2019

Genocide and Mass Atrocities
By Any Other Name: Thoughts on U.S. Genocide Determinations

The history of the Genocide Convention stretches back more than seventy years, yet much work remains to be done to prevent and respond to atrocities. 

A person holds a candle during a night vigil and prayer at the Amahoro Stadium as part of the 25th commemoration of the 1994 genocide, in Kigali, Rwanda, on April 7, 2019.