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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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May 3, 2019

Politics and Government
A Conversation with Rose E. Gottemoeller

This is the keynote event of the 2019 International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) Conference.

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April 29, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state, but civil society and regional blocs may be slowing the trend of extending presidential terms in some areas.

A taxi passes an electoral poster for Cameroonian President Paul Biya in a market in Yaounde.

April 26, 2019

South Africa
The EFF’s Election Outlook in South Africa

South Africa’s national elections on May 8 are likely to be dominated by the governing African National Congress (ANC) and the official opposition, the Democratic Alliance (DA). However, the third largest party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), is likely to continue to benefit from outsized media attention because of its economic radicalism and its anti-white stance. In the national elections in 2014, its first election after being founded in 2013, it won 6 percent of the vote, and in local government elections of 2016, it won 8 percent. 

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April 22, 2019

A Toilet for All: Strengthening Health Outcomes, Human Security, and Developing Economies

More than four billion people lack access to safe sanitation, which has profound implications for public heath, physical safety, women's rights, and human dignity. Health problems stemming from this …

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April 22, 2019

North Korea
Deterrence and Detente on the Korean Peninsula

At this time of uncertainty, the U.S.-ROK alliance needs a strategy that supports best-case outcomes but also hedges against worst-case scenarios.

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April 18, 2019

India
Development and the Indian Elections

General elections for India’s lower house of  parliament began on April 11 and will last through May 19, with all ballots counted on May 23. This is the world’s largest democratic exercise. I had the…

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April 18, 2019

U.S. Foreign Policy
TPI Replay: The Liberal World Order, With Robert Kagan

Robert Kagan joins Jim Lindsay to discuss the state of the liberal international order. Kagan is the Stephen & Barbara Friedman senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is a contributing column…

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April 16, 2019

China
Does China’s “Invisible Hand” Steer Funds to State-Owned Firms?

“Market outcomes,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told Congress in February, must “determine winners” in China. It can no longer be “state capitalism.” As a precondition for any t…

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April 15, 2019

Donald Trump
Council Special Report: Trump’s Foreign Policies Are Better Than They Seem

Ambassador Robert D. Blackwill’s Council Special Report Trump’s Foreign Policies Are Better Than They Seem takes a step back from the feverish media temperature associated with coverage of Donald J. …

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