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September 6, 2019

Zimbabwe
Good Riddance to Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe

During his thirty-seven years in power in Zimbabwe, he committed virtually every human rights violation there is. His hands were awash in the blood of Zimbabweans. Fanning and exploiting racial and class differences, he destroyed the country’s economy, once on the cusp of being one of Africa’s most developed, driving out commercial white farmers. By the time he died, Zimbabwe was an international pariah, an economic basket case, and many or most of the country’s most educated and productive citizens had left the country.

Robert Mugabe stands in front of a blurred out, saluting soldier.

October 13, 2021

United States
Happy 246th Birthday to the US Navy!

The U.S. Navy marks 246 years of service.

Navy

March 24, 2020

COVID-19
Tackling COVID-19: A Problem So Big, You Can See It From Space

Links between COVID-19 and other global challenges underscore the importance of multilateral cooperation across a broad array of issue areas.

World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, flanked by staff members, walk toward a briefing at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

April 4, 2012

Jordan
Guest Post: Jordan’s Reform Calculations

This post is written by Kelley Calkins, a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations. Here she offers her assessment of the Jordanian leadership’s calculations concerning domestic reform …

Jordanian Islamic Front Action supporters shout slogans against Syria's president Bashar al-Assad during a demonstration in Amman on March 9, 2012 (Muhammad Hamed/Courtesy Reuters).

November 28, 2017

Zimbabwe
Two Wives, One Robert Mugabe

The Zimbabwe coupmakers are placing all the blame on Robert Mugabe's wife. Grace, however, was known for her shopping, not her politics, and her husband likely used her to try to hold on to power.

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August 25, 2021

United States
Seven Podcasts Worth Listening to About 9/11

With the twentieth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks approaching, we recommend sources for better understanding 9/11 and its aftermath. This week: seven podcasts worth listenin…

Podcasts

February 26, 2013

Egypt
Guest Post: The Politics of Egypt’s Rape Epidemic

This post is written by Allison Nour, a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations. In a powerful scene from the 2010 Egyptian film “678,” a veiled woman boards a crowded public bus on h…

A woman raises a knife against Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi and members of the Brotherhood during a march against sexual harassment and violence against women in Cairo February 6, 2013 (Dalsh/Courtesy Reuters)..

May 23, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Health Watch: Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe

South African media is reporting that Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, 93, has “worsening health problems.” Apparently, his wife Grace “is in a quandary: she has to deal with Mugabe’s health challen…

Robert Mugabe on a panel at the World Economic Forum.

September 22, 2011

United States
Confirm Robert Ford

New U.S. ambassador Robert Ford (R) talks with Syria's President Bashar al-Assad after presenting his credentials to Assad, in Damascus January 27, 2011 (Courtesy Reuters/SANA). The United Stat…

Confirm Robert Ford

April 20, 2012

United States
Guest Post: Colombia’s Displaced

This is a guest post by Stephanie Leutert, a research associate here at the Council on Foreign Relations who works with me in the Latin America program. The best known Colombian security story is …

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