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Nelson Mandela (right), with former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, saw human rights as central to South Africa’s foreign affairs. Reuters

South Africa’s foreign policy has been at sixes and sevens – here’s why

South Africa's decision to leave the ICC suggests that its foreign policy is caught in a dilemma between lofty ideas, an unsettled identity crisis, and shifting priorities in a complex world.
Internally displaced people wait to collect tarps at a camp in Mubimbi, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Jana Asenbrennerova / Reuters

Europe’s migration ‘partnerships’ with Africa need a new direction in 2017

As long as the EU strikes deals with dictators and pushes trade agreements that worsen the economic situation in many African countries, attempts to reduce migratory pressure will fail.
Sen. Jeff Sessions listens as then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks, October 2016. AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File

An activist’s playbook: How to influence Trump’s cabinet and policies

In 1981, many criticized Ronald Reagan's nominee to head human rights initiatives in the State Department. Here is how activists mobilized to ensure the nomination was rejected.
In rural Malawi traditional leaders have played an important role in persuading men to get involved in women’s health. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

When men tackle mother and child health: lessons from Malawi

A study in Malawi shows how the participation of local community leaders in policy development can change men's attitudes to maternal and child health for the better.
Ak Orda, the President’s Residence in Astana. Nurseit Niyazbekov

Will oil-rich Kazakhstan ever embrace democracy?

An abundance of natural resources has helped Kazakhstan attract billions in investments. Despite its booming economy, the government is unlikely to move towards democracy any time soon.

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