South Africa: The ANC, Cronyism, and Jacob Zuma’s Nine Lives

The political battleground pitting South African President Jacob Zuma and his personal elite against opposition groups, civil society, and the state’s democratic institutions reached new heights this past year. Thomas Lee takes a look at the country’s rampant corruption, increasingly precarious political and economic backdrop, and the prospects for Zuma’s downfall in 2017.

How to synchronize Eastern and Southern perceptions of security threats to the Alliance

To the east, Poland, the Baltics, and Romania face threats of hybrid conflict coming from a revanchist Russia. To the south, allies such as Italy and Greece prioritize maritime security across the Mediterranean.