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September 11, 2015

Global
Who Is Pope Francis?

Experts discuss the leadership style, psychology, personality, and policies of Pope Francis ahead of his upcoming visit to the United States.

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October 2, 2017

Myanmar
How Myanmar’s Military Wields Power From the Shadows

Despite Myanmar’s recent transition to civilian leadership, the military has retained significant power and is most to blame for the sectarian violence against the Rohingya.

A Myanmar soldier stands near a township in Rakhine State, September 27, 2017.

September 15, 2015

Global
A Conversation With Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama delivers the John B. Hurford Memorial Lecture.

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March 7, 2019

Cuba
U.S.-Cuba Relations

President Trump is rolling back some of his predecessor’s Cuba policies, likely closing out a historic period of détente between the two longtime adversaries.

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March 4, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state, but civil society and regional blocs may be slowing the trend of extending presidential terms in some areas.

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February 24, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Senegal’s Wade Struggles to Hold Power

Normally placid, elegant Dakar is roiled by pre-election demonstrations. The issue is President Abdoulaye Wade’s apparently desperate attempt to hang on to presidential power via a third term bid thi…

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April 22, 2014

Vatican City
Pope Francis and the Vatican

Kurt Martens leads a conversation on Pope Francis's leadership of the Catholic Church one year after his papal inauguration, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.

February 11, 2019

Southeast Asia
The Aftermath of Thailand’s Week of Wild Politics

As I summarized in a blog post last week, Thailand has in recent days seen some of its most dramatic political developments in decades. After days of rumors, one of the pro-Thaksin Shinawatra parties…

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December 4, 2017

Southeast Asia
Reflecting on Pope Francis’s Trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh

There was no way that Pope Francis’s trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh last week was going to be uneventful. The trip came in the midst of a massive spasm of violence in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State—…

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November 27, 2017

Southeast Asia
Questions for Pope Francis’s Trip to Myanmar This Week

In an earlier post today, I noted that there remain many questions about the memorandum of understanding that Dhaka and Naypyidaw have supposedly negotiated, allowing at least some Rohingya to return…

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