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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.

July 12, 2024

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
That Old Time Religion: The G-7 Foreign Ministers' Statement on the West Bank

The G-7 foreign ministers' statement on the West Bank follows some old lines about the legitimacy of settlements, but ignores the issue of payments to reward terror.

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.

February 2, 2024

West Africa
ECOWAS Split Spells Trouble for Democracy in West Africa

Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger have left the most important West African regional bloc due to escalating tensions over their democratic decline, leaving room for Russia to assert itself in the region…

February 21, 2024

Russia
Screening and Discussion of "Putin vs The West: At War"

Putin vs The West, a three-part series produced by Brook Lapping, tells the inside story of how the West has struggled to deal with Vladimir Putin, told by the presidents and prime ministers who work…

Play U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin seated in front of a display of books, with the flags of both nations in the background.

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.

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.

December 12, 2023

Peacekeeping
The Role of Peacekeeping in Africa

Africa continues to have more peacekeeping missions than any other continent. As conflict-stricken countries increasingly look outside the United Nations for support, experts say reforms are necessar…

A peacekeeping vehicle transports troops on a dirt road in the DRC.