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March 3, 2020

Uganda
Troubling Trends for Youth in Uganda’s Democracy

Ugandans are scheduled to head to the polls early next year to select a president, parliamentarians, and local officials. But recent reports suggest that a shockingly large number of young Ugandans will simply not be able to participate in the election—a notable irony in one of the world’s youngest countries, where some 77 % of the population is under the age of 25.

Electoral officials count votes at a polling station in Uganda's capital Kampala February 18, 2016

February 27, 2020

South Africa
History's Verdict Thirty Years After South Africa's Mandela Freed

Thirty years after State President F.W. de Klerk ordered his release from Cape Town’s Victor Vorster Prison, Nelson Mandela’s reputation as a genuine hero of the twentieth century holds up. With F.W. de Klerk and others, Mandela led the successful transition with the ANC from apartheid to non-racial democracy, forestalling the race war that many thought was inevitable.

A tall man in a purple polo shirt puts his arms around the shoulders of a shorter woman in a white shirt as she holds his shoulder. They both look at the statue of Nelson Mandela, raising his hands and smiling, in a small crowd of people. The statue is flanked by two towers attached to building with roman columns.

February 24, 2020

South Korea
Don't Gut the U.S.-South Korea Alliance

The OPCON transition plan should be put on the back burner or, better yet, scrapped altogether.

Members of South Korean and U.S. Special Forces enter a CH-47 Chinook during a joint military exercise conducted in Gangwon province, South Korea, on November 7, 2019.

February 24, 2020

Trade
NAFTA and the USMCA: Weighing the Impact of North American Trade

President Trump has reached a deal with Canada and Mexico to restructure the North American Free Trade Agreement, hoping a new trilateral accord will reinvigorate the U.S. manufacturing sector.  

Mexican commercial trucks cross into the United States.

February 21, 2020

Kenya
What Would a U.S.-Kenya Trade Deal Mean?

The Trump administration hopes that a free trade agreement with Nairobi will be a counterweight to Beijing’s growing role across Africa and a model for bilateral deals with others on the continent.

September 25, 2019

China
The President’s Inbox: Admiral William McRaven on Technology, Innovation, and Special Operations

The latest episode of The President’s Inbox is now up. My guest was Admiral William McRaven (Rtd.), a member of CFR’s Board of Directors and the co-chair of the recent CFR Independent Task Force on I…

Admiral William McRaven (Rtd.) speaks during a Reuters Newsmakers event in New York in May 2019.

February 18, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Deterrence Is Dead. Long Live Cyber Deterrence!

Although the concept of cyber deterrence has fallen out of fashion in academic literature in recent years, it is being remolded in emerging approaches to national security. 

Sr Airman Jose Rivera, infrastructure technician U.S. Air Force, works at the 561st Network Operations Squadron (NOS) at Petersen Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado

January 23, 2020

Digital Policy
Forget Saving the Post Office—I Just Need to Save My Job

It is easy for people to obfuscate their identity online and even falsify metrics, like page views. The U.S. government needs to develop a system to verify that people online are who they claim to be…

A U.S. Postal Inspection Service facility is pictured near Miami International Airport

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.

January 17, 2020

Cybersecurity
Top Conflicts to Watch in 2020: A Cyberattack on U.S. Critical Infrastructure

This year, a highly disruptive cyberattack on U.S. critical infrastructure, including electoral systems, was the top tier priority in the Center for Preventive Action’s annual Preventive Priorities S…

DHS election security workers monitor screens in November 2018.