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June 5, 2019

Thailand
The Military Wins Big in Thailand

Prayuth Chan-ocha led the 2014 military coup and will now lead the country as civilian prime minister after this week’s parliamentary vote. But the military will still dominate politics.

Prayuth Chan-ocha wears a white military uniform.

June 4, 2019

South Africa
Ramaphosa’s Bold Pick for Public Works Minister of South Africa

Last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on national television the selection of South Africa’s new cabinet. Although there was no surprise to see the names of such competent officials as Pravan Gordhan, Ephraim Patel, Naledi Pandor, Lindiwe Sisulu, and Tito Mboweni, Ramaphosa’s selection of Patricia de Lille as minister of public works and enterprises really “put the cat among the pigeons.”

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May 30, 2019

South Africa
Ramaphosa Inaugurated in South Africa, U.S. Sends Delegation

At a rugby stadium in Pretoria on May 25, Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in as South Africa’s fourth democratically elected president since 1994. The U.S. presidential delegation to the inauguration was headed by Kimberly A. Reed, the president of the Export-Import Bank.

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May 30, 2019

International Criminal Court
The Role of the International Criminal Court

The ICC was created to bring justice to the world’s worst war criminals, but debate over the court still rages.

Judges are pictured in the courtroom during the trial of Bosco Ntaganda at the International Criminal Court.

March 7, 2019

Energy and Climate Policy
How Congressional Appropriations Can Be Leveraged as First Step Toward the Green New Deal

This is a guest post by Benjamin Silliman, research associate for Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations.  Amid controversy whether the Green New Deal manifesto is …

U.S. Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) arrives for a news conference after a Senate vote on whether to overturn a presidential veto of the Keystone XL pipeline, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, March 4, 2015.

May 21, 2019

Trade
Democrats Won’t Win by Being Trump Lite on Trade

International trade isn’t the problem—it’s Republican trade policies that have empowered corporations while leaving American workers behind.

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May 24, 2019

India
Modi’s Thumping Mandate—but for What?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party resoundingly won the general election following a divisive campaign, but it is not yet clear how the results should be interpreted.

Narendra Modi speaks to the victorious party workers at the BJP party head quarters in New Delhi, India.

May 24, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: May 24, 2019

This week: Huawei feels global effect of Trump administration order; Qualcomm loses in antitrust action; Washington calls for regulation of facial recognition; Facebook enforces its content rules; an…

A scratched surface Huawei logo is seen on a smarthphone in this illustration picture

May 23, 2019

Labor and Employment
U.S. Temporary Foreign Worker Programs

Hundreds of thousands of migrants come to the United States each year for work, but Washington has struggled to balance the shifting needs of industry with the concerns of the domestic labor force.

Workers pick strawberries on a farm in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

May 22, 2019

South Africa
Emboldened Ramaphosa Asserts Authority Over South Africa’s ANC

Under the leadership of Cyril Ramaphosa, the African National Congress (ANC), improved its electoral performance in the 2019 national elections. The ANC won more than 58 percent of the vote, up from 54 percent in the local government elections of 2016, though still a decline from the 62 percent in won in 2014 national elections. 

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