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June 6, 2019

South Africa
South Africa’s New Foreign Minister Is a Starting Point for Improved U.S. Ties

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s appointment of Naledi Pandor as minister of international relations may be a positive step toward improving South Africa’s relations with the United States. Pandor is part of a Ramaphosa’s trimmed-down cabinet whose positions are split equally between men and women. 

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June 5, 2019

Mexico
Mexico Can’t Meet Trump’s Tariff Demands

Mexico can’t end the migrant flow by itself. But it can—and likely will—raise tariffs that target swing states.

Trucks cross the borderline into the U.S. before border customs control at the World Trade Bridge, as seen from Laredo, Texas U.S., June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

May 24, 2019

United States
Remembering Those Memorial Day Honors

The United States has fought twelve major wars and a countless number of smaller skirmishes in its history. Memorial Day is how we honor the soldiers, sailors, airmen, airwomen, and marines who did n…

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May 17, 2019

North Korea
Nuclear Plans Are Closely Held Secrets for a Reason

If Washington alone must shoulder the responsibility for the deployment and possible usage of weapons of mass destruction, it alone must control when and how they are deployed and used.

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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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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

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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March 7, 2019

Cybersecurity
Notes from RSA: Time for Cyber B Corps?

The cybersecurity industry always emphasizes the values of community and cooperation and continued dedication to the mission, but its actions does not always match the rhetoric. 

An attendee listens to a demonstration at the 2016 RSA conference.

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…

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