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February 13, 2018

South Africa
Jacob Zuma’s Undoing

The scandal-plagued leader’s removal could set the party of Nelson Mandela on a path toward reestablishing South Africa as a role model for the rest of the continent.

South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (left) and President Jacob Zuma stand at the opening of Parliament in Cape Town.

December 18, 2017

United States
Trump Security Strategy a Study in Contrasts

The president’s first national security strategy eloquently sums up the U.S. role in the world and what should be done to defend it, but much of the document is at odds with what the president himsel…

Trump introduces his administration's first national security strategy.

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…

Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe president

November 3, 2017

Kenya
What Went Wrong With Kenya’s Elections?

President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga’s impasse over the 2017 election has cast a shadow on Kenya’s future.

Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

October 27, 2017

Japan
Abe’s Win and Japan’s Constitutional Debate

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is positioned to push constitutional revision following his landslide electoral win, but his efforts will be challenged at home and abroad.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

August 31, 2017

Global Governance
How the BRICS Got Here

Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa have created a meaningful partnership over the last several years, but the rivalry between the bloc’s two most powerful members poses an obstacle to gre…

Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

May 1, 2017

Iran
Iran’s Presidential Test

Iran’s May 19 election will pit Ibrahim Raisi, a hard-line protégé of the supreme leader, against the more centrist incumbent, Hassan Rouhani, in a contest that may hinge on the perceived economic im…

July 6, 2017

North Korea
Taking On North Korea at the G20

North Korea’s test of an intercontinental ballistic missile during the week of the Hamburg summit injects an air of crisis into an already tricky set of meetings.

Reuters

June 30, 2017

Philippines
Duterte Fumbles in Southern Philippines

Rodrigo Duterte’s chaotic strategy against Islamic State-linked groups in the Philippines might fail to defeat the most extreme militants while squandering the chance for peace.

Philippine government troops take cover in Marawi City.

May 1, 2017

Iran
Iran’s Presidential Test

Iran’s May 19 election will pit Ibrahim Raisi, a hard-line protégé of the supreme leader, against the more centrist incumbent, Hassan Rouhani, in a contest that may hinge on the perceived economic im…

President Hassan Rouhani registers to run for re-election.