Former US president Barack Obama is due to deliver the 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg.
Drawing on Mandela's legacy, Obama can help the world better understand the nature of threats to democracy.
CFPB interim director Mick Mulvaney has brought the bureau to a near-standstill.
The president recently nominated a new permanent director to take over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. With the CFPB doing a fraction of the work it did under Obama, what kind of agency will she lead?
Sens. Bob Corker and Bob Menendez look on during the second round of questioning of Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo.
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Senate confirmation for many of President Trump's nominees has been tough. In this speed read, The Conversation asks: What is Senate confirmation, and why do we do it?
Oprah’s ‘Time’s up!’ speech at the Golden Globes got people talking about her candidacy in 2020.
Getting to the White House would mean overcoming issues of race and gender.
Despite the climate crisis, humans have continued emitting and intensively using fossil fuels.
The climate crisis is a complex scientific problem. New systems have to be developed through democratic systemic reforms.
Thousands of high school students across the US walked out of their schools to protest gun violence and to call for changes to gun laws.
Lowering the voting age to 16 would bring the age of political responsibility more in line with the age of criminal responsibility and the age of informed consent for medical procedures.
South Africa’s new president Cyril Ramaphosa combines easy charm with shrewdness.
What makes a successful presidential performance and does South Africa's Cyril Ramaphosa stack up?
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Oct. 5, 2017.
AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin
When it comes to foreign policy, Saudi Arabia has recently become far more aggressive. A historian of the modern Middle East sees three possible causes for the shift.
Donald Trump’s justification for decertifying the Iran nuclear deal stems from his view that Iran is violating the deal’s spirit.
Aside from vague threats of violence and suggestions he could 'renegotiate' the Iran nuclear agreement, Donald Trump has provided little in the way of coherent or viable policy options.
The UK foreign secretary has been talking up the merits of clearing away bodies to build a new Dubai on the Libyan Med.
Former U.S. President Barack Obama and Prince Harry watch wheelchair basketball at the Invictus Games in Toronto on Friday, Sept. 29. Obama spoke earlier in Toronto about the importance of global citizenship.
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The world needs to cultivate a global citizenship sensibility, particularly in the education of our university and college students, to ensure the harmonious survival of planet Earth.
Delegates entering the Geneva conference.
America's indigenous tribes put themselves on the map in 1977. Now they've got Donald Trump to contend with.
A rally in support of DACA outside of the White House.
AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin
Research shows that for many young people, discovering they were undocumented led to significant mental distress. After DACA they found peace of mind.
Barack Obama on a 2013 visit to South Africa.
Barack Obama may have chosen Mandela's words for his tweet precisely because they offered some distance from the political space in the US.
How will U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis handle America’s “Forever War’?
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Donald Trump's speech on "principled realism" in Afghanistan contained few surprises. Now, under the aegis of DOD chief Mattis it is the latest stage in America’s "forever war."
REUTERS/Carlos Barria (Trump), Larry Downing (Obama)
Eloquent Obama and bombastic Trump certainly have different speaking styles. But a big data analysis of their speeches also shows a surprising commonality.
The leaked transcript of the phone call between Donald Trump and Malcolm Turnbull highlights the failure of Australia’s deal with the US to take refugees.
Transcripts of a conversation between Donald Trump and Malcolm Turnbull reveal Australia's refugee swap deal with the US may come to nothing.
U.S. President Donald Trump is welcomed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the first day of the G-20 summit.
AP Photo/Jens Meyer
Merkel’s popularity at home and on the global stage continues to grow as she runs for a fourth term as chancellor.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses G20 health ministers in Berlin in May.
If the G20 is to remain relevant in the quest for more inclusive and fair global governance, Africa offers an historic opportunity for collective action, despite the absence of the US under Trump.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Laws that limit presidential power won't enforce themselves – Congress must act.