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June 21, 2019

Iran
Iran and Beyond: Interstate Conflict Grows More Palpable

As tensions between the United States and Iran increase, questions of conflict prevention and response loom large. 

An undated U.S. Air Force handout photo shows a RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft in mid-air.

June 14, 2019

United States
Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army!

The United States Army celebrates its 244th birthday today. If you see an active duty, former, or retired member of the United States Army today, wish their service Happy Birthday. The Army websit…

Army Band New York City Parade

June 14, 2019

Digital Policy
Cyber Governance: More Spam Than Substance?

A host of cyber governance initiatives has taken shape of late. The internet, however, remains at significant risk.

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during the opening session of the Internet Governance Forum in Paris, France, on November 12, 2018.

May 16, 2019

Trade
Trump’s Trade War Unimportant in Grand Scheme of Things

Experts from the Council of Councils grade international cooperation on global trade a middling C in 2018, rank it one of the lowest priorities on the global agenda, and are only somewhat optimistic …

Workers are seen on scaffolding at a construction site in Nantong, Jiangsu province, China, on January 1, 2019.

May 14, 2019

Global Governance
Don’t Show the Parents: The 2018–2019 Report Card on International Cooperation

How did world leaders do in managing global challenges in 2018? Experts from twenty-eight think tanks around the world grade international cooperation a middling C.

A man walks in front of the India Gate shrouded in smog in New Delhi on October 29, 2018

May 6, 2019

South Africa
Background to South Africa's National Elections on May 8

On May 8, South Africans will vote in national elections for the sixth time since the end of apartheid and the transition to “non-racial” elections in 1994. While there are forty-eight political parties contesting, only three have a reasonable chance of forming a government. They are the ANC, the Democratic Alliance (DA), and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

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December 4, 2017

Influence Campaigns and Disinformation
Live Today: A Conversation with Richard Burr

Today, the Council on Foreign Relations is hosting a conversation with Senator Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Senator Burr will discuss Russia's cyber capabili…

Richard Burr

April 23, 2019

South Africa
Despite Challenges, South Africa’s ANC Likely to Remain in Power

The African National Congress (ANC) has governed South Africa since the end of apartheid and the transition to “non-racial” democracy in 1994. It has won more than 60 percent of vote in every national election since, though its share of the vote has been steadily declining. In a country fractured by race in which blacks—about 80 percent of the population—are much poorer than whites—about 9 percent—race is the largest factor in voting behavior.

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December 9, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Apotheosis of Nelson Mandela

For many, Nelson Mandela is no longer so much an historical figure as a legend. Even his portraits in the media are now idealized, neither the image of the young radical nor of the elderly statesman…

Wenceslous Nicholas, age four, lights a candle in front of the statue of former South African President Nelson Mandela in Parliament Square in central London December 8, 2013.

December 6, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nelson Mandela and American Hopes

In an Expert’s Brief I published yesterday, I reflected on Nelson Mandela’s achievements as the father of the democratic, non-racial South Africa that replaced the odious and repressive apartheid sta…

President Nelson Mandela will celebrate his 80th birthday on July 18.