International Affairs

Kenya: What's Mine is Mine - How Rock Quarrying Fuels Land Disputes - Fri, 06 Dec 2019
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Kibingo, Kenya -Once worthless rocks are now big business in rural Kenya as construction booms, but the rush for rocks is also fuelling land conflicts and family divisions

Zimbabwe: Drought - and Economic Woes - Empty Farmers' 'Cattle Banks' - Fri, 06 Dec 2019
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Nesigwe, Zimbabwe -Farmers are trying to find ways to protect their herds as climate change brings more frequent droughts - but not all are working

Kenya: When Did You Last See an African Game Hero? - Fri, 06 Dec 2019
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Nairobi -What's wrong with being a plucky hero running from demon monkeys or a glamourous model in dress up games? Players get sucked into worlds full of violence and unhealthy body images, according to Jay Shapiro, co-founder of Kenya-based Usiku Games.

South Africa: What Next for National Airline SAA in Business Rescue - Fri, 06 Dec 2019
[The Conversation Africa] South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has taken the decision to put South African Airways, the cash-strapped national flag carrier, into voluntary business rescue. Caroline Southey from the Conversation Africa asked Professor Marius Pretorius to explain how the process works.

Nigeria: Senate Increases, Passes 2020 Budget - Thu, 05 Dec 2019
[Premium Times] The Senate has passed the 2020 appropriation bill.


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.


Spectre of devastation triggers fierce battle for Amazon’s future - Thu, 05 Dec 2019
Kingpins seeking quick profit benefit from president’s pursuit of development and votes

South American tensions threaten Mercosur trade deal - Wed, 04 Dec 2019
Spats between Brazil and Argentina could roil critical summit

Brazilian economic data glitch unnerves analysts - Tue, 03 Dec 2019
‘People made or lost money’ as a result of confusion over true state of exports

Brazil’s economy grows faster than expected in third quarter - Tue, 03 Dec 2019
Expansion beats analysts’ forecasts and boosts hope for cyclical recovery

Brazil reforms: has Jair Bolsonaro missed his moment? - Tue, 03 Dec 2019
The government’s plans to kick-start the economy risk being overshadowed by riots in Chile and political turmoil at home


Saudi Aramco raises $25.6bn in world's biggest share sale - Thu, 05 Dec 2019
The oil giant's listing is the biggest to date, surpassing that of China's Alibaba in 2014.

Macron pension reform: France braces for second day of strikes - Fri, 06 Dec 2019
Transport and services will once again be affected after 800,000 marched in protests on Thursday.

Uber had 6,000 US sexual assault reports in two years - Fri, 06 Dec 2019
The figures come as the ride-hailing company is under intense pressure globally over safety issues.

Garuda airline boss to lose job over smuggled motorbike - Fri, 06 Dec 2019
The boss of Indonesia's national airline is accused of not declaring the importation of a Harley Davidson.

Thomas Cook customers face refund delays - Thu, 05 Dec 2019
One in three of the first Thomas Cook customers to claim refunds will not be paid within the 60-day target.


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