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April 25, 2019

Americas
China's Green Investments Won't Undo Its Environmental Damage to Latin America

While solar panels, electric buses, and wind turbines emerge, fossil fuel usage and demand for commodities continue to degrade Latin America’s environment.

An aerial view shows a deforested area of the Amazon jungle in southeast Peru caused by illegal mining during a police operation to destroy illegal machinery and equipment used by wildcat miners in Madre de Dios, Peru, February 19, 2019.

May 22, 2019

South Africa
Emboldened Ramaphosa Asserts Authority Over South Africa’s ANC

Under the leadership of Cyril Ramaphosa, the African National Congress (ANC), improved its electoral performance in the 2019 national elections. The ANC won more than 58 percent of the vote, up from 54 percent in the local government elections of 2016, though still a decline from the 62 percent in won in 2014 national elections. 

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May 21, 2019

South Africa
South Africa’s Blackouts Demonstrate Need for Distributed Energy Resources

This is a guest post by Benjamin Silliman, research associate for Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations and Payce Madden, researcher in African development. South …

A shopper looks for goods during an electricity load-shedding blackout in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 12, 2019.

October 8, 2018

India
Review: America’s Deep History With South Asia

Srinath Raghavan's history of U.S. involvement in South Asia—primarily India, Pakistan and Afghanistan—provides a rich backdrop of lessons for today’s U.S. policymakers as they consider dilemmas in t…

A U.S. Marine(C) talks with Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers during a training in Helmand province, Afghanistan, July 5, 2017. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

May 14, 2019

South Africa
What the ANC’s Election Win Means for South Africa

The African National Congress, which has governed since the end of apartheid, won again in May’s national election. But a growing opposition will watch to see whether it can revive the economy and cu…

African National Congress supporters listen to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa during an election victory rally on May 12, 2019, in central Johannesburg. (Photo by Michele Spatari/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

May 13, 2019

South Africa
South African Election Results Strengthen Ramaphosa's Hand in the ANC

The governing African National Congress (ANC) won its smallest percentage ever of votes ever in a national election in the just-concluded 2019 elections. The ANC won 57.5 percent, the Democratic Alliance won 20.77 percent, while the Economic Freedom Fighters won 10.79 percent; the remaining thirty-two parties together won 10.94 percent. 

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May 8, 2019

South Africa
South Africans Vote Today in Sixth National Elections Since Apartheid

Today, South Africans will vote for national and provincial assemblies, who in turn will form national and provincial governments. South Africans will choose between parties, not candidates, under South Africa’s system of proportional representation. The main parties are the ANC, DA, and EFF.

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May 6, 2019

South Africa
Background to South Africa's National Elections on May 8

On May 8, South Africans will vote in national elections for the sixth time since the end of apartheid and the transition to “non-racial” elections in 1994. While there are forty-eight political parties contesting, only three have a reasonable chance of forming a government. They are the ANC, the Democratic Alliance (DA), and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

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February 26, 2019

Americas
Latin America’s Right Turn Could Draw Its Economies Closer

The ascent of leaders who favor free trade opens space for real integration.

Argentina's President Mauricio Macri shakes hands with Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro during a meeting in Brasilia, Brazil January 16, 2019.

September 10, 2018

Trade
Mercosur: South America’s Fractious Trade Bloc

Political shifts and economic challenges in Latin America could either boost Latin America’s largest trade bloc or lead to its obsolescence.

A truck driver waits to unload his cargo of cereal grain at a rail terminal in Alto Araguaia, Brazil.