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February 22, 2021

Digital Policy
The Putin Regime Will Never Tire of Imposing Internet Control: Developments in Digital Legislation in Russia

Moscow's recently introduced bills are the latest in a long history of efforts to bring the internet more tightly under its control.

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with government members.

February 22, 2021

United States
Biden’s Foreign Policy for the Middle Class Takes Shape

Biden's first major foreign policy address drew the curtain on the disastrous Trump era, emphasizing the nation’s strength at home determines its success abroad—and vice versa.

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., on February 5, 2021.

February 22, 2021

Climate Change
The World Is Woefully Unprepared for Climate-Driven Natural Disasters

Disaster preparedness is hard, expensive, time-consuming, and often thankless work. Failure to invest in it can be catastrophic, however.

A man carries a child through a waterlogged road after heavy rainfall in Mumbai, India on September 23, 2020.

February 19, 2021

Zimbabwe
New Report Shines Spotlight on Corruption in Zimbabwe

Last month, South Africa’ Daily Maverick newspaper published a damning exposé on corruption in Zimbabwe. Cartel Power Dynamics in Zimbabwe [PDF] details off-the-books networks worth billions that deal in gold, diamonds, cigarettes, fuel and more.

A street money changer counts South African Rands in Harare, Zimbabwe, May 5, 2016

February 19, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women this Week: First Woman Leader of the WTO

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post covers February 12 to February 19.   

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala sits down for an interview with Reuters.

February 19, 2021

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: February 19, 2021

New activity from and against North Korean hackers; Russian hackers target French IT monitoring company; Cambodia adopts China-style internet firewall; Facebook blocks Australian news outlets; and Mo…

A person uses a smartphone to look at the Facebook page of Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen.

February 18, 2021

News Release
CFR Launches Diamonstein-Spielvogel Foundation Project on the Future of Democracy

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) announces the launch of a project on the future of democracy, funded by a generous grant from the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Foundation, that will identify threats …

February 18, 2021

Asia
Why a Cross-Strait Crisis Will Be Averted in 2021

Many prominent analysts believe that a crisis over Taiwan is brewing and that the chances of a war between China and Taiwan, which has the potential to involve the United States, over the next year i…

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen oversees a military emergency drill in Tainan, Taiwan, on January 15, 2021.

February 17, 2021

International Organizations
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: A Well-Qualified New Leader for the WTO

Organization (WTO), the trade body’s top leadership position, former Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala quickly became the universal favorite to land the top job—except for among members of the Trump administration.

A picture of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the incoming head of the WTO. She is wearing traditional dress of the Igbo ethnic group from present-day Nigeria.

February 16, 2021

China
Podcast: Claudia Trevisan on China's Influence in Latin America

From São Paulo to Quito, Chinese investment has exploded across Latin America over the last two decades. China now rivals the United States as a leading economic power in the region. Yet China’s econ…

Podcast Members of the Chinese People Liberation Army Navy stand at the China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy hospital ship Peace Ark, during its arrival ceremony at the port in Venezuela on September 22, 2018.