Within two years of its formation in 2011, bad blood between South Sudan’s two most powerful leaders had flared into violence. On the six-year anniversary of hostilities breaking out, a revamped peace deal looks like the country’s best chance of restoring order.
The military is woven into almost every part of Egypt’s economy. It runs businesses, produces goods, and manages huge infrastructure projects. What are the consequences of involving a country’s armed forces so deeply in its private and public enterprise?
Russia and China’s strategic military cooperation is becoming ever closer. President Putin has announced that Russia is helping China build an early warning system to spot intercontinental ballistic missile launches.
Japan and South Korea appear poised to let thorny political disagreements torpedo intelligence swapping on North Korea’s nukes and missiles. That would leave both countries and the United States all worse off and have broader regional security implications.
Civic space—the fundamental freedoms that allow people to gather, communicate, and take part in groups to influence society and politics—is the bedrock of any democracy. But it is increasingly vulnerable.
The Kremlin is riding high in the Middle East, where Russia’s military intervention in Syria has changed the course of the country’s civil war. The Kremlin’s actions in the Middle East have deep historical roots, but potential Russian influence should not be over-exaggerated.
Decades after the Soviet Union wooed the leaders of Africa’s newly independent nations with weapons, scholarships, and anti-colonial rhetoric, Moscow is trying to stage a comeback on the continent. Can the Kremlin leverage its lean resources to wily effect on Africa?
On October 11, 2019, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold their second informal summit in Mamallapuram in southern India. The conversation may follow from the two leaders’ earlier meeting in April 2018 in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
Governments across the globe are racing to keep up with the dizzying pace of AI advances. Like the steam engine before it, this technology is changing the world. How should policymakers respond?
Polarization is shaking societies across the world, from new democracies to long-established ones. Why are political divisions intensifying globally, and what can policymakers learn from other countries’ experiences?
After the second general election in a year, Israeli politics are in flux amid another potential stalemate. What will happen now?
New START is the last nuclear arms control pact left between the United States and Russia. If it isn’t extended, there will be no limits on either countries’ nuclear arsenals for the first time in decades.
Shadowy mercenaries offer Moscow deniability on the battlefield and a cheap way to build influence across the globe.
Europe, like the rest of the world, will undergo powerful political, economic, and social transformations over the coming decades. Is the EU ready to manage the transitions?
Pitched as a new Silk Road sweeping from Asia to Europe, China’s enormous Belt and Road Initiative is an ambitious, multinational infrastructure project. Experts from four Carnegie global centers explain other countries’ perspectives.
On April 21, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, best known starring in a political television drama, scored a dramatic victory over incumbent Petro Poroshenko to become president of Ukraine. Four experts on Ukraine give their verdict.
The stakes for South Korean President Moon Jae-in could not have been higher when U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met in Hanoi in February 2019. The delicate relationship between Trump and Moon provides important context for their upcoming meeting on Thursday, April 11.
A Chinese scientist dropped a bombshell in November 2018 when he unveiled the world’s first gene-edited babies. How are other countries, including India, navigating the dizzying array of rewards and risks associated with gene-editing research?
Ukraine votes for a president on March 31. Will the pro-Western incumbent, Petro Poroshenko, win? Or will he lose to his old foe, Yulia Tymoshenko, or wild card Volodymyr Zelenskiy?
Hostilities between India and Pakistan have broken out many times before. But the latest aerial skirmish has upped the ante for any future clashes over the disputed border territories, with perilous consequences.