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October 5, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
New Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Nagy Hits All the Right Notes

In remarks delivered at his swearing-in ceremony on September 17 as the new U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs, veteran diplomat Tibor Nagy hit all the right notes, stressing the challenges and opportunities inherent in Africa’s youthful demographics and emphasizing the enduring importance of governance in attracting trade and investment.

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August 26, 2019

International Organizations
The Role of the UN Secretary-General

The United Nations’ top leadership position has broad authority to steer the organization’s agenda, but its impact has varied widely since 1946.

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November 14, 2016

United States
A Conversation With Secretary Robert A. McDonald

Robert A. McDonald reflects on his time in office as well as his views on the challenges and priorities for veterans affairs under the new U.S. administration.

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October 25, 2019

Religion
Kenyan Theologian Who Elevated African Religion Passes Away

The Kenyan John Mbiti, an Anglican priest, theologian, and academic, died on October 5 at the age of eighty-seven. He led the reappraisal of traditional African religions that sees them as equal to other world religions. He argued that traditional African religions were specifically congruent with Christianity, and that Christianity was more than Europe.

The Ecumenical Centre and Church is pictured on November 21, 2008 in Abuja, Nigeria.

October 21, 2019

Civil Society
Should There Be a "Right to Assist" Campaigns of Civil Resistance?

A "Right to Assist" could help prevent violent conflict and ease democratic transitions. But several important questions remain unanswered. 

Anti-government protesters gather at the start of a protest march in Hong Kong's tourism district of Tsim Sha Tsui, China.

November 20, 2019

Sri Lanka
The Geopolitical Consequences of the Sri Lankan Election

Sri Lankans went to the polls November 16 to elect a president, and former Secretary of Defense Gotabaya Rajapaksa was declared the winner on November 17. Sri Lanka faces significant national securit…

A soldier stands guard at a campaign rally for Gotabaya Rajapaksa, at podium, in Bandaragama earlier this month.

November 20, 2019

Elections and Voting
Julian Castro

CFR invited the presidential candidates challenging President Trump in the 2020 election to articulate their positions on twelve critical foreign policy issues. Candidates’ answers are posted exactly…

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November 20, 2019

Guinea
Guinea Confronts Third Termism

The small West African country of Guinea has become the latest in sub-Saharan Africa threatened by third termism. President Alpha Condé’s second term ends in 2020, and the current constitution prevents him from seeking a third. So, last month, the eighty-one-year-old set to work drafting a new constitution, one that could allow him to remain in office indefinitely. 

Guinea's President Alpha Conde attends the opening of the 54th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, in Abuja, Nigeria December 22, 2018.

April 27, 2018

United States
A Conversation With Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson

This is the keynote session of the 2018 Conference on Diversity in International Affairs, a collaborative effort by the Council on Foreign Relations, the Global Access Pipeline, and the International…

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November 19, 2019

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
What’s Behind Washington’s Unsettling West Bank Announcement?

By announcing that Israeli settlements do not violate international law, the Trump administration continues a pattern of policy shifts that further weakens the prospects for Palestinian statehood.