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May 1, 2018

South Africa
Winnie's Death Reignites Criticism of Nelson Mandela’s Legacy

In the wake of Winnie’s death, commentators on the left and advocates for black power are now openly challenging the compromise made by Nelson Mandela because of the persistence of gross inequality and poverty largely defined by race.

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November 29, 2017

Zimbabwe
Robert Mugabe: Icon and Kleptocrat

Zimbabwe’s founding father, Robert Mugabe, ushered his country into independence, then established a tyrannical regime and presided over the destruction of the economy. He was ousted in a November pa…

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October 19, 2018

Afghanistan
Global Conflict This Week: Elections Delayed in Kandahar Province

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

Afghan policeman guards checkpoint, Kabul.

October 16, 2018

Cybersecurity
New Cyber Brief: Disinformation on Steroids

Deep fakes are a profoundly serious problem for democratic governments and the world order. A new Council on Foreign Relations Cyber Brief argues that a combination of technology, education, and publ…

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October 12, 2018

United States
Happy 243rd Birthday to the U.S. Navy!

The U.S. Navy turns 243 years-old tomorrow. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned two ships, each with eighty sailors, “for intercepting such transports as may be laden with warl…

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October 11, 2018

China
Christianity in China

Tens of millions of Chinese now identify as Christians, and the number has grown rapidly, posing challenges for a government that is officially atheist and wary of threats to its power.

Chinese Catholics attend an Ash Wednesday mass at a state-sanctioned church in Beijing.

October 8, 2018

United States
The White House National Cyber Strategy: Continuity with a Hint of Hyperbole

There seems to be a general consensus that the White House's new cyber strategy is a continuation of existing policy. However, the us-versus-them approach the strategy takes could pose a problem. 

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October 4, 2018

South Africa
Murders Within South Africa’s ANC Reflect Growing Divide

During the nine years that Jacob Zuma led the party and was chief of state, portions of the ANC increasingly came to resemble a criminal conspiracy. In some ways, the current round of killings resembles a feud among Mafiosi.

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October 2, 2018

Trade
In the NAFTA Deal, Trump Got What Democrats Couldn’t

Critics are panning the president’s new trade deal with Canada and Mexico as a minor update. They’re wrong—it’s a significant accomplishment.

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August 6, 2018

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Reading The Trump Administration in Ramallah

Does the United States seek relations with Hamas in Gaza and to undermine the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) leadership in the West Bank? Palestinians officials and insiders asked me this qu…

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