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May 17, 2018

Digital Policy
Irish abortion referendum How Europe and Canada Are Fighting Foreign Political Ads on Social Media

New Facebook data reveals that foreign advertisers may have tried to influence the upcoming Irish referendum on abortion. More proof that ad transparency initiatives for social media are necessary to…

October 30, 2017

Digital Policy
Twitter Russia Bringing Transparency and Accountability to Online Political Ads

The internet makes it easy for political ad buyers to obfuscate their donors and handlers. Despite the challenges, there are significant steps that Congress and social media platforms can take to imp…

July 26, 2018

Vietnam
Is Vietnam the New China? Is Vietnam the New China?

Vietnam appears to be taking a page out of China's post-WTO playbook by intervening to keep its currency weak and its exports strong.

July 24, 2018

Southeast Asia
Duterte_7.23.2018 The Implications of Duterte’s Proposed Constitutional Changes

By Richard Heydarian As Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte enters his third year in office, he has been fixated on his next big project: constitutional change. Under a new proposed constitution,…

July 23, 2018

Women and Economic Growth
Palestinian women trained in horticulture and business management as part of a business initiative aimed at helping them into the local workforce, work at their greenhouse business. United States should capitalize — literally — on the #MeToo moment

The U.S. House of Representatives just passed legislation to promote economic growth by eliminating barriers to women’s economic opportunities globally. This is not just a question of fairness, but o…

July 23, 2018

China
China’s Currency Is Back in Play China’s Currency Is Back in Play

China's currency is getting awfully close to some key levels, levels where in the past China has resisted further depreciation. The signals China sends from here on will be critical.

July 23, 2018

Cybersecurity
House of Lords Library Report Watch Vol. VII: Tracking Digital and Cyber Scholarship So You Don’t Have To

In this edition: internet shutdowns, cyber wargames, and defending democracies from disinformation campaigns.

July 19, 2018

North Korea
Pedestrians walk past portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il. North Korea’s Power Structure

In North Korea, all authority flows from Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. He has reinstated the party as the central hub to consolidate his power and bring elites to heel.

July 16, 2018

Russia
U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. The Oil Context of the Trump-Putin Meeting

There appears to be a list of conflicts and other kinds of issues that U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin touched upon during their meeting in Helsinki, and progress on any…

July 9, 2018

China
Staff members set up Chinese and U.S. flags for a meeting between Chinese Transport Minister Li Xiaopeng and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao at the Ministry of Transport of China in Beijing, China April 27, 2018 U.S.-China Trade War: How We Got Here

Background reading for the trade war with China.