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June 20, 2024

West Africa
Can West Africa Curb Its Brain Drain?

West Africa is losing many of its best and brightest. Across the region, doctors, lawyers, and engineers are leaving, depriving some of the world’s youngest countries of the minds they need to develo…

Podcast West African youth stands in front of a school chalkboard.

June 20, 2024

South Africa
South Africa’s GNU: New Era or Ever More Difficult Slog?

South Africa has formed a governing majority; whether they can successfully govern remains to be seen. 

People gather on the day of the inauguration ceremony of South Africa's President elect Cyril Ramaphosa in Pretoria, South Africa, on June 19, 2024.

June 3, 2024

South Africa
South Africa’s Landmark Elections

As South Africa concludes a set of historic national elections, questions remain on how its democracy will fare in response to a new set of challenges.

People queue to vote in the South African elections, in Cape Town, South Africa on May 29, 2024.

April 24, 2024

Mexico
Organized crime fuels Mexico’s election violence, plus Europe’s Southern Cone cocaine pipeline

Organized crime’s hold on local governments fuels record election violence; Europe’s cocaine pipeline shifting to the Southern Cone.

The Customs and Port Administration building in Montevideo, Uruguay, on January 3, 2024.

March 12, 2024

Immigration and Migration
The Crisis at the U.S. Southern Border, With Dara Lind

Dara Lind, a senior fellow at the American Immigration Council, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the record surge in migrants and asylum seekers crossing the U.S. southern border.

Podcast Asylum-seeking migrants walk toward a makeshift camp to await processing by the U.S. Border Patrol after entering the United States on December 1, 2023, in Jacumba Hot Springs, California.

May 3, 2024

South Africa
Mutual Suspicion Grates U.S.-South Africa Relations

Tensions in the U.S.-South Africa relationship only heighten as both countries head towards national elections. 

Election posters of different political parties are shown as South Africa prepares for national and provincial elections, in Pretoria, South Africa on April 5, 2024.

May 23, 2024

Iran
Iran’s Succession Woes, ICC Angers Israel, South Africa’s Election, and More

Iran’s regime carefully vets candidates for new presidential elections after the death of President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash; Israeli leadership reacts to the International Criminal Court …

Podcast Staff handle the coffin of late Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi during his burial ceremony in the holy shrine of Imam Reza in Mashhad, Iran, on May 23, 2024.

March 19, 2024

United States
The President’s Inbox Recap: The Crisis at the U.S. Southern Border

The U.S. immigration system needs comprehensive reform.

Five people as viewed walking to the left of the U.S. southern border.

June 4, 2024

United States
Seeking Protection: How the U.S. Asylum Process Works

Record numbers of migrants seeking to cross the southern U.S. border are challenging the Joe Biden administration’s attempts to restore asylum protections. Here’s how the asylum process works.

U.S. Border Patrol processes migrants seeking asylum in Yuma, Arizona.

April 8, 2024

LGBTQ+
How (Not) to Talk About Sex in Africa

It is time the LGBTQ+ coalition changed its strategy on the continent.

Somone holds up a pride fan with rainbow colors.