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May 20, 2024

Iran
President’s Death in Crash Unlikely to Affect Iranian Policies

Ebrahim Raisi was more loyal to hard-line Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei than previous presidents, and whoever succeeds him is likely to be just as conservative.  

A group of Iranian women gather outside in mourning over the death of President Ebrahim Raisi carrying images of the deceased president.

May 14, 2024

China
China Is Reversing Its Crackdown on Some Religions, but Not All

Well-documented crackdowns on religious freedom in China, especially against Muslims and Christians, only show part of Beijing’s religious policy. Another side involves state support for “indigenous …

People burn incense sticks at the Guiyuan Buddhist temple in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province on January 23, 2023.

May 23, 2024

South Africa
South Africans Poised to Shake Up Their Governing Status Quo

The provincial and national elections on May 29 come amid waning support for the ruling African National Congress thirty years after South Africa transitioned to democracy.

Supporters of former South African president Jacob Zuma's new political party wave the South African flag ahead of the launch of the party's election manifesto ahead of a general election.

September 25, 2015

Global
U.S. Climate Policies Get a Papal Nod

The visit of Pope Francis cast a spotlight on U.S. climate policies, which rely on executive action to chase emission reduction targets pledged ahead of a year-end conference, write CFR’s Varun Sivar…

April 11, 2024

South Korea
South Korea’s Opposition Parties’ Win: What It Means

The center-left Democratic Party added to its legislative majority after the recent parliamentary election, which would deal a blow to President Yoon Suk Yeol’s domestic reform agenda and possibly hi…

Lee Jae-myung, leader of the main opposition Democratic Party, raises hands with supporters during a campaign rally for the upcoming 22nd parliamentary election in Seoul, South Korea.

November 3, 2016

Health
Health and U.S. Foreign Policy in the Age of Miracles

To continue the extraordinary progress of the past fifteen years, the next U.S. administration should further integrate global health, development, and pandemic preparedness into the U.S. national se…

April 17, 2015

Saudi Arabia
The New Saudi Foreign Policy

Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen marks a more assertive foreign policy that is less inclined to rely on the United States and could intensify the sectarian rift with Iran across the region, write…