International Affairs

South Africa: 60,000 More Police Needed to Meet UN Standard - Mon, 24 Jun 2019
[News24Wire] South Africa is 60 000 police officials away from achieving United Nations standards, according to Minister of Police Bheki Cele.

Nigeria: Ponzi Scheme MMM Is Back - Mon, 24 Jun 2019
[Premium Times] Over a year after the popular Ponzi scheme, Mavrodi Mundial Moneybox (MMM) crashed in Nigeria dashing the hope of over three million Nigerians, the scheme is back

Rwanda: Drones Offering High-Tech Help to Smallholder Farmers - Mon, 24 Jun 2019
[New Times] The first time Helene Mukayuhi saw small and remotely controlled devices hovering over her wheat plantation, she became nervous.

Kenya: Banks Tighten Rules to Check Dirty Cash Tricks - Mon, 24 Jun 2019
[Nation] Options are fast running out for corrupt individuals racing against time to clean their dirty money as the government intensifies the crackdown on ill-gotten wealth.

South Africa: President Meets With Eskom Board On Reforms - Mon, 24 Jun 2019
[SAnews.gov.za] President Cyril Ramaphosa has met with members of the Eskom board at his Genadendal Residence in Cape Town to discuss reforms at the power utility.


Adrift in Afghanistan - Wed, 03 May 2017

As the war in Afghanistan drifts back into the public spotlight, Senior Fellow Gayle Tzemach Lemmon argues that five “urgent questions must be answered about the near- and long-term future of the fight.” The United States must clarify its definition of stability and success in Afghanistan, determine whether the Taliban, ISIS, or both is the enemy, discuss how many troops are needed on the ground, and create plans for stemming the loss of life among Afghan forces and for bringing an end to the war.

Making Chile Great Again - Wed, 03 May 2017

Since its return to democracy in 1990, Chile has been heralded as Latin America’s exception, writes Shannon O’Neil. But in the present, “this tranquillity has come to an end, and the economic and social consensus of the postauthoritarian years has crumbled.”

A Vision of Trump at War - Wed, 22 Mar 2017

Writing in Foreign Affairs, Philip Gordon offers a vision of howPresident Trump could stumble—through bluster, wishful thinking, and miscalculation—into war with Iran, China, and North Korea.

World Order 2.0 - Wed, 15 Feb 2017

There is growing tension between President Trump’s America First doctrine and building order in an interconnected world, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.

Egypt’s Nightmare - Mon, 13 Feb 2017

The single-minded pursuit of the Muslim Brotherhood has become the guiding principle of Egypt’s foreign and domestic policies, writes CFR’s Steven A. Cook. These policies, however, are proving counterproductive and destabilizing to the lives of Egyptians as well as Gazans, Libyans, and Syrians.


Issue Guide: Fidel Castro - Sat, 26 Nov 2016

Fidel Castro, who died on November 25, was one of the most prominent figures of the Cold War and an adversary of ten consecutive U.S. presidential administrations. This reading list considers the legacy of his nearly fifty years in power, including the Cuban Missle Crisis, the U.S. economic embargo, and the years following the Cold War.

Iran Nuclear Deal’s ‘Implementation Day’ - Sun, 17 Jan 2016

The confirmation by UN monitors that Iran has complied with the deal to dismantle large parts of its nuclear program lifts major sanctions and ushers in a new era for the Middle East. This issue guide offers analysis and background.

Issue Guide: 2016 State of the Union Address - Mon, 11 Jan 2016

Catch up on the issues President Obama will focus on in his final year with this State of the Union reading list.

Issue Guide: Iran Nuclear Talks - Fri, 26 Jun 2015

As the deadline looms for the completion of a deal to limit Iran's nuclear program, this issue guide provides background on the diplomatic progress and stumbling blocks, and possible consequences of an agreement.

Issue Guide: Greece's Debt Crisis - Mon, 15 Jun 2015

Five years after the onset of its sovereign debt crisis, Greece once again finds itself on the precipice of default and a departure from the nineteen-member eurozone. This reading list provides expert background and analysis of the crisis.


Investors will shun chaotic Brazil until signs of progress - Thu, 20 Jun 2019
Foreigners have been net sellers of country’s stocks since Bolsonaro’s election

Brazil keeps interest rates at record low - Wed, 19 Jun 2019

Cubans queue for food as Trump tightens sanctions - Tue, 18 Jun 2019
Ban on US cruises to the communist island is latest measure in crackdown by White House

Argentina blackout is embarrassment for Macri - Mon, 17 Jun 2019
President imposed unpopular electricity price rises he said would improve the system

Power outage blacks out Argentina and Uruguay - Sun, 16 Jun 2019
Massive electricity failure exposes years of under-investment in infrastructure


Wind power: £100m fund aims to boost UK companies - Sun, 23 Jun 2019
The offshore wind industry says the money will help to 'maximise opportunities' for UK companies.

Climate change: Cashing in on CO2 - Sun, 23 Jun 2019
Scientists say carbon dioxide can be used to benefit humanity instead of overheating the planet.

Patisserie Valerie scandal: Five people arrested - Sun, 23 Jun 2019
The chain collapsed in January and is under new management, but the probe into its finances continues.

Climate protesters storm Garzweiler coalmine in Germany - Sun, 23 Jun 2019
The activists broke through police lines during a weekend of protests against fossil fuel use.

Businesses push government to complete HS2 railway - Sat, 22 Jun 2019
Business leaders have written a letter urging the next prime minister to commit to completing HS2.


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