Is a U.S.-China partnership possible? Are the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan making U.S. enemies weaker? Do drone strikes comply with international law? This updated second edition of Issues for Debate in American Foreign Policy takes up these and other compelling questions. Sixteen chapters explore who the key players are, what's at stake, and explain why recognizing past and current developments is so crucial to the future. Drawn from the award-winning CQ Researcher, selections skilfully cover the range of fact, analysis, and opinion surrounding an issue.

Sub-Saharan Democracy

Sub-saharan democracy

Zimbabwe's authoritarian President Robert Mugabe (center), refused to accept defeat during his country's disputed 2008 presidential election, setting a bad precedent, according to democracy advocates, for other African leaders seeking to retain power. After international condemnation, Mugabe agreed to appoint his opponent, Morgan Tsvangirai as prime minister. Like many of Africa's other post-independence dictators — so-called “Big Men” — Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe for 28 years as a one-party authoritarian.

Elections are supposed to choose one winner. But the presidential run-off in Ivory Coast last Nov. 28 left a bizarre predicament: Two candidates claimed victory. Each held an inauguration and appointed separate cabinets, leaving the lush West African country in limbo.

The farce continued after the country's electoral commission declared opposition leader and former ...

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