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Liberation from Africa’s Liberators

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Liberation from Africa’s Liberators

As a rule, African leaders are loathe to criticize one of their own. So when Zambian President Levy P. Mwanawasa called an emergency meeting of the fifteen-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) to discuss Zimbabwe’s postelection deadlock, some experts were cautiously optimistic (IRIN) that the region was stepping up its role in crisis management. After years of watching silently as President Robert Mugabe’s policies drove Zimbabwe into economic crisis, the regional body seemed poised to speak out.


By CFR, USA.


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Iran’s Power Brokers

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Iran’s Power Brokers

Amid another round of crisis diplomacy on Iran’s nuclear program, Russia and China appear to hold ever more potent cards. Energy-rich Iran has turned to them for financial and political help. U.S. and EU negotiators, meanwhile, need Russian and Chinese support on the UN Security Council to levy tougher international sanctions—or at least a promise not to veto them. The stakes continue to move higher.


By CFR, USA.


Governance Policy Resource.


Analysis China Looks Down Under

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Analysis China Looks Down Under

With China’s appetite for natural resources and foodstuffs ever growing, regional trading partners Australia and New Zealand are attracting fresh attention. New Zealand made news April 7 by becoming the first developed country to sign a free trade agreement with China (NZ Herald). The same week, Australia’s Prime Minister Kevin Rudd departed for his first tour of China, with rapidly expanding bilateral economic relations high on the agenda.


By CFR, USA.


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Showdown on Trade

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Showdown on Trade

(Free trade has emerged as a political football in the U.S. presidential campaign, and a proposed treaty with Colombia, recently sent to Congress by President Bush, now seems up for grabs. The deal, agreed on in 2006, aims to lift tariffs on the vast majority of goods traded between the United States and Colombia, one of the strongest U.S. allies in Latin America and a major recipient of U.S. aid. Congressional Democrats immediately moved to sideline the deal (WashPost).


By CFR, USA.


Governance Policy Resource.